Olde Gold Estate Jewelry FAQ’s
1. How often should I clean my jewelry?
Bring it in every six months, we will clean it for free. It takes about 15 minutes.
2. Do we have an on-site jeweler?
Yes we do, in fact everything we repair is done here in our store.
3. Can you tell me if my jewelry should be appraised?
Yes, we can assess it and if you need an appraisal, for insurance purposes, we will take it in and give you a claim check with a description. It may take up to 10 days to get the typed document. Appraisal fees start at $75.00.
4. Do I need an appointment to tell me the value of my jewelry?
We recommend an appointment if you have more than five pieces. We will look over each item and advise you on what you should do with it, such as, sell it as scrap, have an appraisal done or put it on consignment.
5. What is the consignment process?
First our gemologist will evaluate your piece. Then we will call you and tell you what we will try to sell it for and what your portion will be. You get 60% of the sale. If you agree, we will send you a consignment agreement that states you will leave it here for a minimum of 90 days. After that you can pick it up or leave it here longer if you like.
6. Can you do repairs on the spot?
We normally have repair jobs ahead of yours, therefore we usually do not do on the spot repairs.
7. Do you buy jewelry?
If you have jewelry that you want to sell, we can put it on consignment and sell it for you. We usually buy scrap metal only, so you will get more for your jewelry if we sell it for you. We pay the going rate, usually the best price in town.
8. Do you custom design jewelry?
We specialize in designing jewelry, anything from rings to pendants. If you are looking for something specific, and we do not have it, we can create it for you.
9. What should you look for when buying a diamond?
When shopping for a diamond, you should look for cut, color, clarity, carat weight, sparkle and fire.
The cut of a diamond, otherwise known as the shape, does not really affect the value of the diamond unless there are flaws in the cut. But it has everything to do with it’s brilliance! Whether you choose an emerald cut, a brilliant cut, a marquise cut or a pear cut is really up to your personal preferences.
The color of a diamond does affect its value. You should look for a colorless diamond if possible. Champagne diamonds, or diamonds that have a yellowish color are less valuable than diamonds that are clear or white.
The carat weight definitely affects the value of a stone. How much you spend on a diamond will be greatly determined by its carat weight. The average carat weight of an engagement ring is between .05 to 1.0 carat.
Sparkle and fire are also important characteristics and the more sparkle and fire a diamond has, the more a jeweler will be able to charge for it.
10. What is the difference between a carat and a karat?
When shopping for jewelry, it’s not unusual to start wondering what the difference is between a karat and a carat. However, with a little research its not hard to understand the differences between these two measurements.
A karat is a measurement used to measure the purity of gold, with 24 karat being the purest. The measurement gauges how much gold vs. how much alloy is in the piece of jewelry. All jewelry that is real gold will have its karat weight stamped somewhere on the jewelry. In rings it is usually stamped on the inside of the band and on bracelets and necklaces its usually stamped somewhere on the clasp.
The word carat originates from the carob bean, which was once used to measure fine gemstones. A carat is a measurement that is used to measure the weight of a diamond. One carat equals 200 milligrams or .2 grams.
11. What are the birthstones for each month?
Each month of the year has its own birthstone. Below is the list of birthstones for each individual month.
- January’s birthstone is the garnet.
It is said to bring friendship and loyalty.
- February’s birthstone is the amethyst.
It is said to bring peace of mind.
- March’s birthstone is the aquamarine.
It is said to protect health.
- April’s birthstone is the diamond.
It is said to strengthen body and soul.
- May’s birthstone is the emerald.
It is said to help tell the future.
- June’s birthstone is the pearl.
It is said to be aphrodisiacs.
- July’s birthstone is the ruby.
It is said to bring love.
- August’s birthstone is the peridot.
It is said to help bring divine inspiration.
- September’s birthstone is the sapphire.
It is said to relax and soothe the mind.
- October’s birthstone is the opal.
It is said to sharpen emotions.
- November’s birthstone is the citrine.
It is said to make its wearer lighthearted.
- December’s birthstone is the blue topaz.
It is said to bring patience.
12. Do you have a layaway plan?
We do have interest free plans for qualifying customers with 20% down and balance paid in 90 days. We also accept all credit cards.
13. Is all the jewelry that you sell “old”?
We sell all types of jewelry, from vintage estate pieces to brand new. In fact, if you don’t see it in our cases, we can usually order it. Some of our estate pieces start at $5.00 in what we call our grab bag baskets.
14. Do you size rings smaller or larger?
Yes and it is best to have us measure your finger before we do the sizing, however that is not always possible. If you are buying online and want us to re-size your ring, have your finger measured by a professional jeweler.