Pawnshops work with those who wish to hand over jewelry and it seems that everything is simple: you bring gold and get money. But with this approach, you can at best sell products at a lower price. And at worst – run into scammers and lose a significant amount.
To prevent this from happening, there are rules that are important to follow before transferring or selling jewelry. The guide was prepared together with BazisGold, a center for buying and selling jewelry, precious metals and stones.
In all pawnshops and buying centers, it is specified by checking the sample. But it is not always possible to hope for an honest assessment. In most cases, they look at the precious metal in the jewelry, and stones and other inserts are not taken into account. But buyers can deliberately underestimate the weight of the metal if they subtract the weight of the stones from the total mass.
To avoid this, remember if you have any documents from the purchase of jewelry. They indicate the manufacturer, sample of jewelry and its carat. Take the documents with you to the pawnshop – this will help increase the price or reveal the fraud. If stones are not evaluated in a pawnshop, it is worth thinking about competence and honesty in the assessment.
The fineness indicates how much gold or silver is in the alloy. For example, in the 585th out of 100%, only 58.5% is pure gold, the rest is an alloying metal.
Carats are the mass of gemstones. In most pawnshops, it is deducted from the cost of the item, because metal valuation is a priority.