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Precious Metals Evaluation


While jewelry is made to be beautiful, it must also be ready to withstand daily wear. As a result, jewelry is rarely made from pure precious metals which can be soft, easily bent, stretched and scratched. Instead, most precious metal jewelry is made from alloys, which comprise other stronger metals to increase the jewelry’s durability. These additional metals can add different coloring to the precious metal, like white, yellow, or rose gold.

Determine Jewelry Value

At Rancho Gold, we determine the value of your jewelry based on the amount of pure precious metal it contains. Unlike some other precious metal buyers, our precious metal evaluation process causes no harm to your jewelry. We aim to educate you to the true value of your jewelry. And will pay that value in cash, should you decide to sell your precious metal jewelry. To schedule your free precious metals evaluation, call us today!

What Is Gold Plated Jewelry?

“Plated” jewelry is jewelry that is covered with an extremely thin coating of precious metal, electroplated on base metal. Gold plated jewelry should not have a karat mark, although sometimes plated rings will be stamped with HGE - “Heavy Gold Electroplate”. The amount of pure precious metal used to plate a piece of jewelry is so small that it has no measurable value.

Reputable jewelry manufacturers use “solid” precious metals when producing jewelry. Jewelry is almost always stamped with a mark, such as “14k”. When you see any number, followed by a “k” or “kt”, it is denoting the jewelry’s gold karat. In jewelry, karat is a measure of the percentage of pure gold an item contains. At Rancho Gold, we purchase jewelry of various karat values, but we do not buy plated jewelry. The precious metal buyers at Rancho Gold can spot plated jewelry by eye. However, when in doubt we can employ our X-Ray Spectrometer, which is viewable by our customers.

Gold Karat Marks

Jewelry items made of solid Gold are (usually) stamped with karat marks.



   9k (9 karat) contains 37.5% pure Gold


 10k (10 karat) contains 41.6% pure Gold


 12k (12 karat) contains 50% pure Gold


 14k (14 karat) contains 58.3% pure Gold


 18k (18 karat) contains 75% pure Gold


 22k (22 karat) contains 91.6% pure Gold


 24k (24 karat) contains 100% pure Gold

Gold ring with 14K stamped on the inside
Silver ring with 925 stamped on the inside

Sterling Silver Marks

Rancho Gold & Jewelry buys sterling silver jewelry items, which contain 92.5% Silver and are marked “Sterling” or “.925”. We also buy any silver items with a variety of stampings and hallmarks. Items such as flatware, serving pieces, bowls, tea service and trays can be made of sterling silver. Items made in the United States will be marked “Sterling”. Some items from Europe and other parts of the world can be stamped with other hallmarks that indicate their silver purity.

At Rancho Gold & Jewelry, we will buy all silver items, including pure silver and sterling silver, with or without stampings or hallmarks. We will accurately evaluate the purity of your silver items. Then we will make a cash offer, should you decide to sell. For assistance determining the purity of your precious metal items, or to sell your gold or silver jewelry, call us today!



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