Spring is here, and many of us are in “cleaning” mode. If you’re in need of cash, you may want to consider cleaning out your jewelry box, and selling or pawning some gold, silver, or diamond jewelry. But that’s not all jewelers are interested in. Read on to find out all that you can sell or pawn, and what to know before you do.
Pawn shops are known for selling and pawning a wide array of items, from guitars to gold necklaces. Given the bullish market on precious metals, gold in any form — coins, necklaces, bracelets, rings, even dental gold — generally demand higher estimate prices. That old, unused sterling silver flatware set is also likely to earn you some nice cash. Platinum and loose diamonds are also usually priced higher, depending on their weight and condition. Other items to consider selling or pawning are watches (especially Swiss), gemstones, estate jewelry, antiques, and heirloom jewelry. Of course, the estimate price will depend on the condition and market value of a given item.
If you’re thinking of pawning an item instead of selling it, here’s how a pawn loan works. When you bring in a piece of jewelry or other item to the pawn shop, the property is appraised, preferably by a professional appraiser. The appraiser then gives you a price for your item, the interest rate on the loan and other terms and conditions of the loan.
In the case of coins and jewelry, the value is based on standardized industry factors, such as karat weight, rarity and condition. The pawnbroker will then offer a fixed-rate loan based on the agreed upon value, for a period of time, usually 30 days.
If you agree to the price and terms of the loan, you will receive cash in the amount agreed upon. The item then becomes collateral against the loan. You’ll receive a pawn ticket with your name and address, a description of the pawned item, the loan amount and the maturity date. The local police will also get a copy of the receipt. Once the loan, plus any interest, is paid in full, you’ll receive your item back. Check out this link for specific details about Loans from Garden City Pawn
Like any business, pawn shops differ from shop to shop. Some specialize in higher end items, while others tend to offer better loan prices than others. Do your due diligence before choosing to do business with a pawn shop. Integrity and professionalism are of the utmost importance—the highest loan price doesn’t necessarily make the best deal.
It’s a good sign when a shop is a member of the National Pawnbrokers Association, and its appraisers are educated by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. Do some research ahead of time, ask plenty of questions and make sure you agree to the appraisal estimate, loan price and terms and conditions of the loan before agreeing to the loan.
Once you know what you’re going to sell or pawn, it’s important that your pieces look as pristine as possible. Before cleaning, it’s important to know that different precious metals and gemstones require different cleaning techniques, so be sure to research and follow the instructions for the type of jewelry you want to clean. If you have a gold or silver piece with a gemstone, follow the cleaning instructions for the gemstones, not the metal, as gemstones are more delicate.
Other things to keep in mind:
Also, if you have an expensive and valuable piece, consider having a professional clean it to avoid damage.