ALWAYS make sure when selling your jewelry and other precious metal items you are dealing with a Licensed Precious Metal Dealer. When contacting or visiting a potential buyer it is always a good idea to ask for their State of Texas Certificate of Registration. Any honest Gold and Silver Buyer will be more than happy to supply that information. When your items are being tested and weighed, it is also a very good idea to verify the weights on the scales. If they are unwilling to let you see the weight, then proceed with caution. Precious Metals dealers are obligated to register and have their scales inspected and verified by the Texas Department of Agriculture as well. Texas Gold and Silver Buyers in San Antonio Texas value our integrity and honesty and will always be fair and honest with our customers.
Below are some tips regarding purchasing gold jewelry and things you need to look for to make sure you are buying genuine gold or silver jewelry. Lots of counterfeits and fakes are being sold these days. We want our customers to be as educated as possible.
When you buy gold jewelry, look for the karat quality mark. The karat mark should tell you how much pure gold is in the piece.
Pure gold or "Fine Gold"– 24 karat (24K) gold – is soft, so it’s often mixed with other metals to increase its hardness and durability. The total of pure gold and other metal adds up to 24, so:
Near the karat quality mark, you should see the name or the U.S. registered trademark of the company that will stand behind the mark. The trademark may be in the form of a name, a symbol, or initials. If you’re considering a piece of gold jewelry but don’t see a trademark along with the karat mark, don’t buy it.
“Solid Gold” refers to any gold item where the inside of the item is not hollow. The karat mark still will denote the proportion of gold to other metal.
Gold Plated Jewelry can be plated with gold by mechanical plating, electroplating, and other processes. Eventually, gold plating wears away. How soon depends on how often the item is worn and how thick the plating is.
Gold Flashed or Gold Washed: The terms “gold flashed” and “gold washed” describe products that have an extremely thin electroplating of gold (less than .175 microns). This will wear away faster than gold plate, gold filled, or gold electroplate.
Silver Jewelry. The words ”sterling silver” describe a product that contains 92.5% pure silver. Silver products sometimes may be marked 925, which means that 925 parts per thousand are pure silver. Generally speaking "Fine Silver" or "Pure Silver" usually only applies to Silver Bullion. In these cases it is customary to see ".999" or "Fine Silver. Very uncommon to have "Fine Silver" Jewelry, but it does exist.
Some jewelry described as ”silver plate” has a layer of silver applied to a base metal. EP, falls into this category and means "electro plated"
”Coin silver” is used for compounds that contain 90% pure silver.
According to the law, quality-marked silver also must bear the name or a U.S. registered trademark of the company or person that will stand behind the mark. Please keep in mind these are U.S. laws, and jewelry manufactured outside of the U.S. may not be subject to these laws.
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Thanks for stopping by our blog. My name is Evan and I am the owner of Texas Gold and Silver Buyers in San Antonio. From time to time I will post blog entries to help educate and inform our customers and potential future customers on all aspects of Precious Metals (Gold, Silver, Platinum & Palladium!)