Friday, December 20, 2013

Make Extra Cash for the Holidays. Here's What to Sell

Holidays are the best time of year. Unfortunately, they can also be the most expensive time of year.  Buying gifts for your friends, your loved ones, and your co-workers...that can get expensive.
But the gifts don't have to break the bank. Here is a list of some things you may have to sell. Who knows, you may even have enough left over to buy yourself something nice. 

  • GOLD- Sell those gold earrings, gold rings, gold chains or anything marked 10k or above that you don't wear anymore. Just open your jewelry chest and you could have a gold mine. 

  • STERLING SILVER: Sterling flatware and other items marked 925 may not be gold, but the more you have the more money you can get. 

  • DIAMONDS:  Have any diamond rings, loose diamonds, cushion cut, marquis cut, round, pear shaped, diamond pendants or diamond watches?  If you don't wear the piece of jewelry any more than your diamond can fetch a lot of money. Of course it depends on the size, color, quality and cut of the stone, but diamonds are valuable. 

  • COINS: Gold, Silver, platinum and palladium coins can hold very high values. Whether its a Silver Dollar (made 1964 or earlier) or a $50 1 oz gold coin there is cash to be made. 

For more information on the value of your treasures, visit our website,

Have a gift-filled Holiday Season, 

From your Friends at Atlanta Gold & Silver

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Is Your Gold Fake?

Many times people will bring in heavy gold chains, usually marked 14K, to sell at Atlanta Gold and Silver. Even with a mark, we always test the metals in one or two ways to ensure its authenticity.  First, we do a scratch test with acids for the various Karats.  However, sometimes this may not be fool-proof method, especially when their is heavy metal plating involved. Second, we put the jewelry in our x-ray machine and it gives us a full report of the metal composition.

Here's the bad news...sometimes a chain or piece of jewelry that someone has purchased is not what it appears to be.  Just like counterfeit Louis Vuitton or Gucci handbags, jewelry counterfeiting with hallmarks is a serious problem.  We always feel badly when we have to tell our customer that we can't buy the piece from them, especially when they tell us how much they originally paid for the item.

So, we always try to tell our clients to be very wary before purchasing jewelry (precious jewelry such as gold, silver and diamonds) from an unauthorized source or person via eBay, craigslist or even a flea market.  Many times if a deal is too good to be true, it generally is.  Not to say that you won't find some hidden treasures around town, but when you are investing in something like gold to resell, make sure to look for a few factors. 

- Is it magnetic?  Magnets, unlike acid testing, are an easy thing to bring around with you.  They are also the easiest way to rule out fake metals (ones that are not pure gold or sterling).  If the piece is drawn to the magnet (and it says 14k or even 18k), it is fake. 
-The hallmark: Look closely at the Hallmark on the item and where it is placed. If it looks like the mark is cut off or says something else, that is also a tell tale sign to walk away. 
It's fake!  How do we know?  The acid test created a green color. 
-Another easy way to spot a fake is to look closely at the metal. This is especially true when it comes to used jewelry such as pendants and rings that are marked 14k. If closely and see peeling of any sort, like the gold is fading off, then it is not correctly marked. 

In this industry sometimes, taking risks can end up making you a fortune, but beware because there are a lot of counterfeit pieces of jewelry floating around. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Diamond Due Diligence

Diamonds are on our mind today. Here is some info, resources, and a crazy story (and lesson) ) for you to explore. 

If you are looking to sell valuable diamond jewelry, such as heirloom pieces, estate diamonds or even a diamond ring, make sure to do your research first.  At Atlanta Gold & Silver, we have many clients who bring us very expensive pieces they want to sell.  In order to make sure we can give them the price they want from their diamond jewelry, we take our time and work with all of our resources to make this possible.  That does not mean, however,  that we can guarantee you will get the amount of money you think your diamond is worth, but we will get you an amount that will make you happy. Most importantly, we do not pressure our clients to settle. 

If you do have some jewelry that has been in the vault for years and the value is over $8 thousand, or maybe an old engagement ring that you don't want, make sure to get the jewelry certified.  Whether it is a diamond ring, an antique diamond pin or a diamond necklace, it is essential to get it certified and graded by the GIA (Gem Institute of America) every 10 years.   There is a small cost involved, but it will net you a lot more money when you sell. The website is very informational and provides all the information you need to submit your gem for grading.  They even have a page updated weekly that tells you the turnaround time for your diamond.
Note:  An appraisal, from a jewelry store or insurance company, is not the same as GIA certification. In fact, you may notice a large difference between the appraised price and the actual amount you are offered. That is because, appraisals are based on replacement value and the retail price of a similar piece. 

Even if you don't send your stone to the GIA, the site still provides a wealth of information about diamonds and other gem stones, including all the factors and varieties that can increase or decrease the value. Remember, the bigger the size does not always mean the bigger the value. Value is based on the quality of the stone.

If you are in the market to buy a diamond ring, or invest in a diamond, make sure to do your research on the GIA website. With the knowledge about all factors including slight differences in color and cut, you will be a much more informed and smarter buyer. Also, when making a large investment in a stone or diamond jewelry, always insist on the certification of the piece to ensure that you are getting exactly what you pay for.

Now for the lesson:  Always check your pockets.  One Huntington Beach woman made this terrible mistake when she sold a jean jacket in a garage sale for $20.  Later, she realized that her diamond earrings, worth $18,000 were still in the pockets. Read the full story here.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Old Coins Can Be Worth More Than You Think

 For years, people have been saving up there up their coins for a rainy day. Whether or not you ever cash them in, it feels good to know that they are there if you ever need them.  
But what you may not realize, especially if you have inherited a family members old coins, or you yourself have a jar stashed somewhere that you started collecting many years ago, is that there may be a lot more value in that old jar of coins than meets the eye. 

In fact, at Atlanta Gold and Silver, we have been seeing a lot of people coming in with old coin collections and walking out the door with a large check in hand. Of course, not every old jar of coins is valuable (in terms of silver, you want to look for dimes and quarters pre 1965), but there is no harm in looking. 

So, how do you know if your bag of dimes is worth more than, well, a bag of dimes? Here are some things to look for and some tips that may help you find some substantial money laying around the house.

Note: these values are not absolute and they are based on the price of silver in May 2013.  These are based the melt value, and do not consider condition or possible collector's value. 
  • 1916-1945 Mercury dimes.  These are 90% silver (10 percent copper) and each dime can fetch a price of around $1.50 
  • 1946-1964 Roosevelt Dime: Despite the year, these dimes are the same weight (2.5 grams) as the Mercury dimes and are worth the exact same as the earlier dimes. 

  • The rest of your dimes (beginning in 1965), are simply dimes worth 10 cents each. 
  • 1916-1930 Standing Lady Liberty Quarter.  If you happen to have these in your old stash, you are in luck. At 6.25 grams, you have a little over $4 in silver value. 

  • 1932-`1964 Quarter.  Any quarters during this period (before 1965) are worth the same as the Lady Liberty Quarters and weigh the same 6.25 grams.
  • While you are less likely to have half dollars just collecting dust in the house, it's still worth looking.  Any half dollar minted in 1964 or earlier can be worth about 12 dollars. 
  • Even the ones that are made between 1965-1970 still have a little value in them (they are composed of 40% silver, compared to the pre-1964 90% silver ones)
Here are a few more coins that may bring you some extra cash..
  • Morgan Dollar (1878-1921).  Based on the price of silver, you could have about 17 dollars in just one of those. 
  • Peace Dollar (1921-1935) Same as above
To find out more about the different types of coins and mintage of the coins, visit

Monday, April 22, 2013

That's What We Call a Rock

During a recent Christie's New York  Spring  auction sale, a diamond, called the Princie Diamond was sold for more than $39.3 million dollars this past week. The diamond is a 34.65 carat fancy intense pink cushion-cut diamond.

This price is a new record for Christies for any price of a jewel every sold. To read more about the origin and the history of this diamond, click here.

But that wasn't the only diamond that seemed to draw big buyers in at the auction. Here is a roundup of some of the other impressive jewelry sales. 

  • A diamond ring by Harry Winston sold for $3.3 million. The ring was set with a marquise-cut diamond, weighing approximately 23.30 carats, flanked on either side by a tapered baguette-cut diamond and mounted in platinum (source: Christie's)

  •  A three strand natural pearl necklace sold for $1.1 million 
  • An 11.39 D Color internally flawless Emerald Cut Diamond fetched  $1.3 million

  • A Harry Winston Diamond and Emerald Necklace was sold for $1.2 million

The auction took place in New York on April 16th.  Apparently, diamonds were the star of the show.  For more about the auction, visit

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How much is your silver and gold worth?

`We often get calls from people, who want us to quote them a price over the phone for their various pieces of jewelry. Unfortunately, we are not able to do this because there are many factors that determine the actual value of your gold and silver. These factors include the purity (10kt, 14kt, 18kt, 22kt), the weight, the weight of stones in the jewelry as well as the spot price of gold and silver. We always recommend people just bring in what we have so that we can give them an accurate offer. But, if you are trying to decide a ballpark figure of the value of your unwanted jewelry, we have a tool that may help you get a better idea of what you have.

Gold Calculator:

These are not accurate by any means but if you do know the carat purity of your gold or it is marked sterling silver, and you have an exact weight, there are metal calculators that will bring up an estimate for you.

**Beware, however: These prices fluctuate by the hour and there is no guarantee that the actual items will generate you the money in the calculator. 


**Here are a few sites where you can check out theses tools: - This is a great option if you have a lot of silver coins in your coin collection.  Basically, it gives you an estimate, based on the type and number of coins you have.

Not sure of the weight?  Try searching the Internet for a similar item. Generally if it is listed for sale somewhere, they will include the total weight of the item. Then you can insert that weight into the calculator for a better picture of what you have.

For some sample prices, and to get a general idea, click here.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Still Sell Your Gold and Silver

Even though gold prices have dropped, that does not mean you should not sell your unwanted jewelry and gold.  Here are 3 top reasons why it's still okay to cash in your silver gold and platinum when the prices are low.

1. SPRING CLEANING. If you have items that are gold or silver or old diamonds just sitting and collecting dust, why not sell? 
2. YOU STILL MAKE MONEY. Just because the prices of the metals are not sky high, does not mean you can't make money. In fact, there is still a lot of money to be made from your unwanted scrap metals.

3. BUY NEW and trade old. Buy that new piece of jewelry you deserve.  Out with the old and in with the new.

To find out more about how to sell your silver and gold, click here.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Got Gold Coins?

Gold and Silver coins can be very valuable. Whether you are a collector or happen to find a gold coin in an old box that belonged to your grandfather, these rare finds are worth a lot of money.

If you are not an avid coin collector, determining what you have and if it has value can be difficult.  Below is a quick guide to the most valuable coins and more specifically, the gold coins.   To find out what we will pay for yours, call us or come into Atlanta Gold and Silver.

American Eagle Coin-

Canadian Gold Maple Leaf:

South Africa Gold Krugerrand

If you are not sure what kind of coin you have and if it is of any valuable, go to There you will find the price and value for specific coins.

Liberty Quarter EagleFor example a Liberty Quarter Eagle from 1840 to 1907 is valued at $190.40!

If you still cannot find the coin you are looking for, try to put the year and type of coin in google. You never know how much value a simple coin can hold.

How to Sell Your Gold

At Atlanta Gold & Silver, we get calls or customers that have never sold gold before. This is not uncommon. For some, the process may even seem intimidating or confusing.  It is actually very simple.  Here is what you can expect when you sell your gold silver or diamonds to Atlanta Gold & Silver.

  • Go through your jewelry box and find unwanted gold or silver that you don't want.
  • Bring your jewelry into our safe location in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.
  • One of our employees will then go through and test your items with you. There are a few ways we do this to determine the purity of the metal.
    1. Scratch test: For gold, we may scratch the item on a touchstone. Then based on the mark on your jewelry, we will begin the acid test. To learn more about the acid test, click here to get a better understanding on how the scratch test work.  In fact, you can even buy your own kit to test your metals at home.
    This is an example of an assay machine. Ours is a different model. 
    2. Assay Machine:  Generally we will use our assay machine to determine the makeup and purity of metal in your jewelry. Basically, this is an x-ray machine that tells us what components make up the jewelry.  We are one of the few locations that use this high tech machine because of its high cost.
    • Once we know what you have (for example, 14k gold), we weigh the items.
    • Using the price of gold, which can change by the hour, we input the weight and purity into our computer and Voilia...the value of your jewelry and unwanted metals is determined.
    • To show you the breakdown, we will hand give you the printout, showing the price of individual items.
    • Next, we ask to make a copy of your ID (sorry, its the law), assuming you decide to sell.
    • Finally, we hand you a check.
    To find out more, visit our website at

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Sell Your Diamonds

    Whether you have a piece of jewelry with no sentimental value, or a something that is not your style, or if you just need the money, Atlanta Gold & Silver not only pays for your gold, we pay you for your diamonds.

    We understand, however, that parting with your precious stones can sometimes be a difficult choice.  We want to make sure you that you are ready to sell and happy with what we give you.  Here are a few reasons, why you should sell your diamonds to Atlanta Gold and Silver.  Loose stones, round cut, pear, emerald, marquis, brilliant and more. We buy diamonds.

    Whether you sell to us or choose somewhere else, here are some tips to keep in mind before you sell your diamonds.

    • Find a place you trust. This will make the process much easier and fast.  You don't want to regret your decision to sell moments after the transaction.  
    • Be realistic but have a price in mind. Unfortunately, it may be almost impossible to sell your diamond for what you or someone else originally paid for it.  But, if you do know a little bit about the stone (is it GIA-certified, what is the cut, color, clarity and carat weight), you will be in a much better position. 
    • Make sure you want to sell this piece.  Sometimes our clients decide that they the sentimental value exceeds the amount of money we can pay them. That is okay!   You have no obligations to us or to any other place. 
    • When it comes to the value of diamonds, there are many factors a diamond buyer must consider before setting a purchase price. Aside from the size, color, cut, clarity and shape of the diamond, the value depends on the economy and the marketplace. As with gold prices, supply and demand of diamonds fluctuates. 
    Call us today to find out more about selling your diamonds for cash in Atlanta. 

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    Maker's Mark: What do they mean?

    Trying to identify a mark on your jewelry?  Here is a quick cheat sheet for metals.    While most modern day jewelry will have a mark to identify its purity or metal, it is possible some older pieces such as antique and estate jewelry will not.  So, don't be too quick to dismiss a piece of jewelry as valueless.

    The basic breakdown: 

    925 or Sterling:   Sterling Silver

    10kt or 10K:  10 Karat Gold 

    14 KT or 14k : 14 Karat Gold 

    18KT or 750: 18 Karat Gold 

    14KT GF or 1/20 12 KT GF: Gold-Filled. Generally these are made with a hollow center that is covered in gold.   Gold-filled is higher quality than Gold-Plated or GP.   
    At Atlanta Gold & Silver, we do buy gold-filled jewelry but not gold-plated.  Due to the content of gold, we will generally purchase the gold-filled jewelry at the same price as sterling silver jewelry.  

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Buy Silver Eagle Coins While they Last!

    2008 Silver Eagle Dollars

    We are excited about the 2008 Silver Eagle coins we just got in this week.In case you are not familiar, here is an overview of what makes these coins truly special. For coin collectors and the like, these silver dollars are great buy.            



    • Purity purity purity.  The silver just doesn't get any purer.
    • They each contain 1 troy oz of .999 silver
    • Great additions to coin collections
    • Silver Eagle coins are considered one of the most beautiful coins ever made
    • They make great gifts !
    • Great investments

    Come to Atlanta Gold and Silver or Email to order while supplies last.



    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Welcome to our blog!

    We decided to start a blog to address many questions and concerns people have about selling their gold, silver, diamonds and coins. We hope you enjoy our posts and that we can help you see how our business works. Keep an eye out for our first posts coming soon...