How We Buy Gold and Metals
How many places have you seen advertising these days about buying your gold? How many of those places seem reputable and safe? How many of those places can you say will be around ten years from now?
Design One has been buying gold, diamonds and all manner of precious metals for thirty-five years. We are not in the “gold rush” to make a quick buck. This is not a major portion of our business, but we have been doing this since the day we opened our doors. We want you to have a safe and secure place to take your treasures and sell them, knowing that we will give you top dollar and we spend the time going through each and every piece, so you know that you are being treated fairly.
One of the big things about selling jewelry is knowing how it all works. We do it all the time but you don’t, so we will explain it every step of the way. The nice thing is that you can come it and let us sort through your belongings, right in front of you. If, at the end of it all, you change your mind and decide not to sell, we understand and send you off with a smile. If you decide to sell any or all of your pieces, we give immediate payment.
Below are some common questions and answers that might help you on your journey to selling your jewelry and precious metals:
The only way to confidently say what your gold is worth is if we look at it. If you bring your gold into our store, we will look at your materials and sort them out in front of you. We will then explain what kind of gold you have and what it is worth. It is paramount to make sure that all our customers understand what it is they have, the various karats they have, and their value.
Also, the price of gold varies on a daily and hourly basis. The simplest way to tell you what your gold is worth is to come in with what you have and we can give you an estimate free of charge.
With over 35 years of experience buying gold in every market, we have great confidence in saying that our prices are always fair. We will always take the time to help you understand why and how we come up with our offer.
Next, we do what’s called a scratch test. We can:
- Rub a section of your gold on a stone and see how it holds up to various acids over different strengths to determine karat, or
- We can make a small file mark on your jewelry and apply the acid directly to it. If you have 14k gold and we apply 14k acid to it, it will not change the surface of the metal in any way.
The only time we see a reaction is if it is a lower karat than marked or if it’s plated. How the acid and metals react give us the answer to what karat your jewelry may or may not be. Between our experience with working with all metals and the use of acids as a checks and balance system, our appraisals are highly accurate. Many electroplated pieces can be very deceiving to the naked eye, especially if you’re not used to seeing the difference on a daily basis. That’s why we offer to sort your jewelry for you and in front of you. If a piece is plated, it does not have gold value, as that plating is very thin and cannot be separated from the base metal underneath. On the same vein, we have plucked many a real gold piece from the midst of what people thought was “junk” jewelry.
Ask Paul & Roz
We have over 35 years of experience working at Design One Jewelers, and we want to use that knowledge to help you with all your jewelry needs.
Do you have a question that you’d like to ask before heading out the door to the shop? Drop us a line. We will answer your questions to the best of our abilities, but feel free to look around our site too. You may just find the answer you’re looking for right here!