Knowing the Value of Gold Jewelry Pieces
With the present high gold prices, many people are considering selling gold jewelry to raise some cash. While this is not a bad idea from broken or unserviceable jewelry, it may not be such a good idea for all your stuff. You might be better off selling unwanted pieces as jewelry, rather than sending it to the melting pot.
If you sell gold jewelry for its scrap value, you'll lose much of its retail value, perhaps 75% or more. The scrap price is based on the value of the metal alone and doesn't reflect the craftsmanship or any aesthetic or antique value, let alone emotional attachment you or family members may have to the piece. It’s a good idea to have it appraised before you sell it for scarp.
Of course some jewelry pieces like one earring with a lost mate or broken rings parts of bracelets etc. are pretty much scarp anyway and probably can only be sold as such minus any valuable stones of course. Garden variety class rings and wedding bands are sometimes better sold as scarp.
The price of gold is based on a troy ounce of 24-karat, or pure, gold. A troy ounce contains 31.1 grams, or 20 pennyweights. If the spot price of gold is $1,100 USD per ounce then 1 gram of 24 karat gold is worth $1,100 / 31.1 grams or $35.37 USD. Gold prices change often so use the handy chart on this page to check updated spot prices.
Gold less than 24K is discounted proportionately:
18K is 75% pure gold, 14K is 58.3%, and 10K is 41.7% gold.
Gold jewellery of 10K or more will have a karat stamp, you this to get an idea of the content and value of gold in a certain piece.