If you’ve looked in your jewelry box lately, you might wonder if you have a good chunk of cash. However, before you decide what you’re going to spend that jackpot on, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s worth something before you bring it to a pawn shop.
There are lots of ways to tell whether a piece of jewelry is the real thing. Gauging the weight of a piece in your hand can tell you a lot, especially when you compare it with a piece that you already know is genuine.
Checking your jewelry for one or more stamps will also tell you a lot about it, including its purity. The higher the purity, the more it’s worth. Depending on the type of jewelry you’re looking at, the stamps will be in various places. It’s always a good idea to take a magnifying glass and check out all areas to make sure you don’t miss a stamp.
Figuring out how much your jewelry is worth on your own can be pretty cool, not to mention very profitable! Check out this awesome infographic from GEM Pawnbrokers to find out how to become your own jewelry detective and get cash.