Gold is one of the most traditional metals. It signifies warmth and love. The gold bands and rings are available in 24k, 18k and 14k. 24k is the purest and the softest form. However, if you work with hand choose 18k or a 14k to prevent scratches.
On-line auctions offer a lot of advantages and some risks. On-line auctions like e-bay are auctions conducted over the internet reaching a world wide audience. The cost of selling an item is modest if the object sells. Sales are not guaranteed. Which on line auction to use is a critical choice. The large auctions have many offerings and sales but it is easy to get lost in all that activity. Selecting the best category is another challenge. If you choose a smaller on line auction company, many potential buyers will not find your offering. The decision is best made with research on how your particular type of jewelry was sold. E-mail and ask other sellers if they got the price they wanted and how the selling experience was for them.
Hair bling is another of the most popular hot new jewelry trends. Whether you wear an up do or wear your hair down, beret’s and tiaras are being seen more often in hairstyles. It is a great way to take your hairstyle from run of the mill to exotic, just by adding a few pieces to your finished style. Now it is simple to create glamor right at home, by the placement of hair jewelry.
Antique Jewelry new of the Victorian era (1835-1900) were generally set in yellow or rose gold. Most of them were diamonds or pearls and could be found in a variety of designs from the very simple to some very complex.
Worn out jewelry impacts the value. It is a difficult repair to bring life back into a piece of jewelry. Most worn out jewelry is valued at its intrinsic worth.
Condition is a major determining factor of the price received for your jewelry. Damaged and broken jewelry many times justify the restoration costs but most of the time damaged jewelry is only valued at its intrinsic worth. Jewelry repair in many instances is counter-intuitive. I have seen jewelry that has been mangled in such a way that the cost of restoration is minor and easily justified. On the other hand what appeared to be an insignificant problem rendered the jewelry unrestorable. Jewelry repair is one area you don’t want to be a “do it yourselfer”. Let the professionals do it, or it could end up costing you a ton of money.
The jewelry industry has been recycling for millennia. In fact some of the gold in your jewelry could have been in use since the time of Jesus. Damaged beyond repair jewelry is bought at its intrinsic worth. The intrinsic value is the metal (gold, platinum, silver) price plus any gems. The refining process used to recover the metal utilizes strong chemicals and has strict environmental regulations which impact the price given for metal brought to be recycled.