Not long ago a gold investor we know was looking at two eyeglass frames he found at an antique store. One was worth more than $50.00 because it was old and gold-filled; the other was worth only a few dollars because it was new and thinly electroplated with only a tiny amount of gold. But the funny thing was, they both looked about the same.Read More
Some small gold and gold-filled items are easy to overlook. They roll around in drawers. They escape notice at antique malls and estate sales. But make no mistake about it. If you keep your eyes open for them and buy them and set them aside for processing by a qualified gold refinery, they can put a lot more dollars in your pocket than you expect. Today, we’re sharing the following list of small gold items that are not on most people’s radar.Read More
Kowalski isn’t an anti-gold environmentalist who thinks that people shouldn’t buy and enjoy beautiful jewelry. He simply thinks that it is time to make sure that jewelry is made from metals that come from sources that do not cause excessive damage to the environment.Read More
The best thing about looking for small pieces of gold is that if you start looking, you are really going to find them. (That cannot be said if you go out and buy a metal detector, for example, or if you put on scuba gear and start poking around on the ocean floor.) Here are some of the places where you are going to find small pieces of gold.Read More
This is a time of year when everyone could use a little extra cash, right? Or maybe a lot of extra cash would be even better.
So here’s a suggestion. Why not get together with your relatives, friends and neighbors, search for precious metals in your homes, and then send them to Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners? The result could be a nice big check, just in time to make everyone’s holiday shopping a lot more exciting and fun.
Why search for precious metals with other people, instead of on your own? There are some great reasons. First, it is motivating and fun to start a shared precious-metals search. Second, you will end up with a larger quantity of items to recycle, which makes it more likely that we here at Specialty Metals can quickly recycle them promptly and send you a check. Third, you could end up discovering valuable items that you would have overlooked otherwise; when other people suddenly discover a silver plate or an old pair of eyeglass frames in their homes, you could suddenly remember that you own similar items too.
Here’s a Checklist
Here’s a checklist of precious metal-bearing items that are found in many homes.
Old items of jewelry . . .
Remember that even in a batch of what appears to be nothing but costume jewelry, there could be a few items hiding that are made of 14K, 18K or even 24K gold.
Old silverware and tableware . . .
It could be either pure sterling or silver-plated. Either way, it could be well worth recycling.
Old eyeglass frames . . .
As we have noted on this blog before, eyeglass frames that were made before about 1970 are often “gold-filled” rather than “gold-plated.” That means that they contain a much greater quantity of gold.
Trophies, commemoratives . . .
Newer items generally do not contain enough silver or gold to recycle. Older items, however, usually contain far greater quantities of precious metals.
Coin collections . . .
If they’ve been set aside for years, the chances are pretty good that you will find a quantity of silver or even gold coins that are worth recycling.
Mantle clocks, pen sets, cigarette cases, lighters and other old-fashioned decorative items . . .
Not that many years ago, it was common for small decorative items to be made of silver or – sometimes – plated with gold.
Form a Team, Start Looking, then Call to Tell Us what You Found
We are always available to discuss the precious metal treasures you have found. Call us at 800-426-2344 when you are ready.
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