Guesstimate your gold items.

1. Locate the karat stamps.
Remember - no stamp means the item is really old (great grandmother’s) or not gold.

U.S. and Foreign stamps
10k = 417
14k = 583
18k = 750
22k = 917
24k = 1000

2. Estimate the weight of your items.
20 pennyweights (dwt) equals 1 troy ounce.
A dime or a penny weighs about 1.5 dwt.
Does one dime weigh more or less than your items?
If your items weigh the same as 4 dimes, you have about 6 dwt.
Use a postage, kitchen scale or your hand to estimate.
A jewelry scale will be more accurate, but you will get an idea.


3. Calculate the actual gold in your items.
If your items are 18k gold and weigh about 4 dimes then
you have about 6 dwt in total weight.
Because your items are 18k, only 75% of that weight is gold.

4. The assay step requires fineness testing equipment.
We test your items in front of you when you visit.
Even though your items are stamped 18K, they
may actually assay 17k or 16k. You will
be paid based on the assay fineness.

5. Finally understand that gold prices vary constantly.
Your items will be paid a rate based on the day
your items are received at CJI.

Guesstimate your diamond or watch.

1. Use the power of the internet to help you.
Ebay is one site where jewelry stores
and people like you offer items for
sale and hope to find a willing buyer.

2. Search for an item that matches yours.
If the price is really high, it may be a
store wanting to sell at a full retail price.

3. Look for items with lower prices and some
bids from willing buyers. Used items are
sold for less than retail, often 20% to 40% of
a new retail price. Truly rare or unusual
items will be the exception.