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When you’re selling gold items, it’s important to understand the difference between appraisers and assayers.
What Do Appraisers Do?
Appraisers are professionals that you hire to research the history of the items that you own. They are concerned with provenance, meaning that your gold items have an interesting or significant history. If your gold brooch once belonged to Queen Victoria or Marilyn Monroe, for example, it has collectible value that probably exceeds the value of the gold that it contains. If that small gold bee that you inherited turns out to have been made by Inca craftsmen 500 years ago, the same holds true. Or if the gold watch that you want to sell was once part of a museum collection, that can add to its value too.
So if you have older items that have interesting or important histories, or which you suspect might have, it is wise to find a professional appraiser who is qualified and certified to assess their value. The American Society of Appraisers (APA) is a good place to find one.
What Do Assayers Do?
Assayers are interested in value of a different kind. They are concerned with the metals that are contained in your gold and other items. For example, we are assayers here at GoldRefiners.com, part of Specialty Metals Smelters & Refiners, Inc. When you send us an item for testing and evaluation, we apply the latest testing technology to determine its metallic content.
After testing your items, we can answer lots of different questions for you. What is the Karat rating of a gold item, for example? What other metals does it contain, and how do those metals affect the value? If you decide to have us reclaim the gold and other metals that we discover in your items, exactly how much money will you receive for it, and how quickly? We can answer those questions, and more.
No Gold Items Will Be Harmed in the Process of Testing...
It is not uncommon for customers to ask whether we will damage gold items that they send in for testing. (“Will you have to melt down this old gold bracelet before you can tell me what it is worth?”) The answer is, we will not harm any items that you send to us for testing – a simple, non-damaging metallic test is all that is needed. (In some cases, we may need to rub your item on a stone or special cloth to obtain a tiny sample of metal to test, but that sample is so small that it cannot be effectively measured; it will not diminish the value of any item that you submit to us for testing.)
So, What Is the Difference between an Appraiser and an Assayer?
We hope that today’s post has cleared up that question for you. If you have more questions, we are here to help. Do not hesitate to call us at 800-426-2344.
If you have been paying attention to dropping gold prices, you probably believe that this would be a very bad time to sell your gold. It seems like a far better time to buy gold now and hold it until prices bounce back.
But the fact remains that there is no one answer to the question, “Is this the time to sell?” Even when prices are low, your circumstances could dictate that selling now might be a very good idea.
Those circumstances could be . . .
- You acquired gold at a lower price than its current trading level, so selling now would represent a net gain for you. If you make a sizeable profit from selling your gold for more than you paid for it, the current trading price might not be a relevant concern.
- You could use the money that is tied up in your gold holdings to make opportune investments in real estate, fine art, or other assets that will appreciate in value. And remember, you could receive a usable sum of money by recycling only a part of your gold holdings. (Nobody can require you to sell all the gold you own right now, correct?)
- You can use the cash you realize as a tax-deductible charitable contribution to a college, a hospital or another institution that you support. Depending on your tax bracket and other considerations, it could be a strategy that will minimize your taxes, offset the current low price of gold, and help you support a favorite institution too.
- You own gold-bearing items that need to be recycled, not bouillon, and you don’t know just how much money you stand to gain by recycling them now. They could be gold dental scrap, gold-plated decorative items, a large quantity of printed circuit boards or other electronic devices that need to be tested by a qualified gold refinery like us. You could get a much bigger payment for those items than you expect.
- You are making a new estate plan. Instead of holding on to valuable precious metals and having your heirs pay inheritance tax on them should you die, perhaps you should liquidate them and put the money you get into a trust or other vehicle that will serve to minimize inheritance taxes. The attorney or other expert who is helping you plan your estate can offer you the advice you need.
How Much Are Your Gold-Bearing Items Worth?
If you are not sure call us at 800-426-2344 to find out.