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
All that glitters might be gold – either a lot of gold or just a little of it. There is only one way to tell. Call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344 and tell us what you have. We’ll explain how to send your items to our state-of-the-art labs for testing and evaluation. We can tell you just what you have, recycle it and issue you prompt payment at full current trading prices.Read More
In the few days since Britain’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, we’ve seen headlines like these about gold: “Investors Move to Buy Gold as Hedge against Brexit Losses” and “Gold Prices Rise after Britain Decides to Leave the EU.” Do you notice anything funny about those headlines? If you consider them side-by-side, you see a problem: It the price of gold has already surged, why buy it now?Read More
We recently read an article that told do-it-yourselfers how to create all kinds of places to hide valuables in their homes. Some of the suggestions were interesting, such a hollowing out a book, creating a small hiding place behind a removable bathroom tile or creating a hiding compartment under a hinged stair. There were even plans for a hollow easy chair with a hidden internal compartment for valuables.Read More
I recently took a close look at the inner workings of an old stereo console that dates from the mid-1950s. It’s one of those “hi-fis” that were so popular back then. It doesn’t work anymore and would probably cause a fire if we left it plugged in, but it starts conversations. If you look inside, you’ll see that it contains an amplifier, a radio receiver, two big speakers, and even a turntable, all packed into a heavy piece of cabinetry. There are vacuum tubes, lots of wires, an antenna, and miscellaneous other components. But is there any gold inside?Read More
Although those kits are useful, they cannot take the place of the thorough testing and analysis that is offered by a qualified gold refinery like Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners, the parent company of GoldRefiners.com. Acid-testing kits can only determine the gold content of small individual items like rings or earrings. They can’t determine the gold content in materials like these, which we regularly test for our customersRead 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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