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Diamonds and gold make beautiful materials for jewelry and thoughtful gifts. They're outstanding investments, and they'll keep their value even after the rings, necklaces, watches, earrings, cufflinks, and other items they're part of go out of style. Diamonds and gold often increase in value, and they can become family heirlooms or help you pay for your next vacation. Selling diamonds and gold is an excellent way to get some additional cash. Keep reading to learn more information about what jewelers want most and how you can get great prices for your items.
People base the values of diamonds on four factors that are often called the four C's: cut, carat weight, color, and clarity. Skillfully cut diamonds seem larger than other stones. They're also more sparkly and beautiful, so they look more appealing.
A large diamond that wasn't cut well could be less attractive and valuable than a smaller gem that has a better cut. The most expensive diamond cut is circular, and it's called the round brilliant cut. It's more costly because craftspeople have to discard more of the rough diamond during cutting. Round brilliant is also one of the most popular and attractive shapes.
The carat got its name because one is the same weight as a Mediterranean carob seed. There are 5 carats in 1 gram, and diamond price increases dramatically with carat weight. Larger stones with the quality needed to create jewelry are extremely rare. A diamond with only one-tenth of a carat more weight than another specimen could have a sale price that's hundreds of dollars higher, even if both stones look the same to a casual observer.
The colors of diamonds range from D, completely colorless, to Z. A K-grade diamond will have a yellow tint, and a Z diamond will look brownish. Diamonds also come in many other colors, including pink, green, purple, and blue. Red diamonds are some of the rarest, but colorless diamonds are usually more valuable because of their brilliant reflective properties. F-grade or G-grade diamonds look nearly identical to D-grade stones, and they're less costly.
Clarity has a range of grades that are similar to the ones for color. Flawless or FL diamonds are completely clear, and heavily included or I3 stones have many flaws or inclusions. Diamonds with lots of inclusions look cloudy and less sparkly than other diamonds. Many diamonds that have a few microscopic flaws look perfect to someone without a jeweler's loupe, a special type of magnifying device, but they're still worth less than FL diamonds.
People measure the purity of gold with karats. This term comes from carob, the same original word as carats. Pure gold has 24 karats, and it's soft and easy for jewelers to craft into different shapes. However, it can easily becomes scratched or damaged. You can find the percent purity of a piece of gold jewelry by dividing the karat value by 24 and then multiplying by 100.
For example, a 12-karat piece of gold jewelry would be made from 50% gold and 50% another metal like copper or zinc. A piece of 18-karat gold jewelry will be 75% gold. Gold alloys are more durable and less costly than pure gold. However, to be sold legally in the United States, gold jewelry must have a purity level of 10 karats or more.
You can find out how pure your gold jewelry is by looking carefully at the inner sides of rings and the backs of necklaces or earrings. The karat level will be stamped on the jewelry, but you may need a magnifying glass to see it. Gold's value depends on its purity and the metals other than gold it contains. Two 18-carat pieces of gold jewelry with similar designs and sizes will have similar values, even if they use different metals.
Pure gold is a bright, metallic yellow color that's so well-known that it has the same name as the metal. People can create gold in a variety of different colors by mixing it with different metals. Rose gold is pink, and it has a romantic look. It's made with copper, and people can make red or green gold by using more copper. Copper is hard, and it makes red, rose, and green gold the most durable colors available. However, some people might be allergic to the copper in it.
White gold is popular, and it contains nickel, manganese, zinc, or palladium. Jewelry makers often coat it with rhodium to keep it in great condition and give it an extra shiny look. Purple or blue gold contains aluminum, indium, gallium, or some combination of all three. These alloys are more brittle than others, and they could break or shatter or if you accidentally drop them on a hard surface.
If gold is mixed with cobalt or chromium, it will appear black. Some jewelry makers also create black gold by using chemical treatments, high temperatures, lasers that change the microscopic structure of the metal's surface, or a combination of all three methods. You can learn more about the different types of gold available at Hustedt Jewelers. We can help you discover how much your jewelry is worth, and we'll offer you a great price.
Like the prices for other items, the price of gold fluctuates often. This precious metal is always valuable, but you'll get more money if you sell while gold prices are high. Fortunately, prices tend to rise during recessions, when some people lose trust in paper money and buy gold instead.
You can often get a great price for your gold jewelry when you need the extra cash most. You can keep yourself and your family comfortable in an emergency, or you can pay for your next vacation with gold or diamond jewelry you don't feel like wearing. You should keep track of the price of gold per ounce to make sure you're getting a good deal and selling at the right time.
Visit Hustedt Jewelers for a free appraisal and more information about gold and diamond jewelry. When you contact us, we can help you get an excellent price for your jewelry.
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