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    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 3rd Jan 18, 3:21 PM
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    Box of Jewellery
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 3:21 PM
    Box of Jewellery 3rd Jan 18 at 3:21 PM
    Hi

    We have an old ice cream container upstairs of my late MIL's jewellery. It doesn't hold any sentimental value to my OH and we wonder if it has any monetary value.

    Some of the items were bought for her by her husband when he visited far flung places around the world so they may be more than 9k gold but unstamped.

    We've no idea what to do with it, we don't really want to go to a cash for gold place but what other options are there, thank you.

    Ms Choc x



    ETA: It came to us in an ice cream container, that's what MIL stored it in. We are not being disrespectful, just wanted to let you know.
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    • littleredhen
    • By littleredhen 3rd Jan 18, 3:26 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 3:26 PM
    Are there no hallmarks on any of it?
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    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 3rd Jan 18, 3:29 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 3:29 PM
    Are there no hallmarks on any of it?
    Originally posted by littleredhen

    There may be some hallmarks on some of the items; I will need to check. I've not had a look at it for a few years.
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    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 3rd Jan 18, 3:45 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 3:45 PM
    I've just been to look, there's a few things with hallmarks on them but, even with a magnifying glass, I've no idea what but one looked like it had an AJ mark on it.

    There's a few bags/ring boxes from Singapore and a bangle box with details of a jeweller in Aden, I'm aware FIL did visit there in the early 60s with work. There looks to be a fancy pair of drop earrings which could have a dark pearl hanging from them, but I've no idea at all.

    Other than what's in the ring and bangle box, there's a thick layer of items at the bottom of the box that could be anything including costume jewellery.

    I've no idea what to do with it.
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    • Comms69
    • By Comms69 3rd Jan 18, 3:47 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 3:47 PM
    Well step one take it to a jewellers


    They'll certainly tell you if anything has significant value and many sell items on commission.
    • littleredhen
    • By littleredhen 3rd Jan 18, 3:49 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 3:49 PM
    or you could try your local auction house if you have one
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    • SavingPennies
    • By SavingPennies 3rd Jan 18, 5:29 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 5:29 PM
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    Donít sell it to a cash 4 gold place, try a reputable local jeweller or pawn shop. They may still give you ďscrapĒ value if itís not particularly resaleable, but foreign gold is usually high carat and the jewellers will be able to identify the foreign hall marks.
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 3rd Jan 18, 8:12 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 8:12 PM
    If they're not hallmarked the auction house will only be able to list them as 'yellow metal' with a consequent reduction in value.
    • LilElvis
    • By LilElvis 3rd Jan 18, 8:23 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 8:23 PM
    If they're not hallmarked the auction house will only be able to list them as 'yellow metal' with a consequent reduction in value.
    Originally posted by trailingspouse
    They can test and then mark as "tests as gold". Lots of Victorian jewellery isn't hallmarked either.
    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 3rd Jan 18, 8:43 PM
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    So is it better to go to a jeweller rather than an auction house.
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    • chesky
    • By chesky 3rd Jan 18, 10:43 PM
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    Yes, and try to go to a small, private jeweller rather than a chain.
    • SunnyCyprus
    • By SunnyCyprus 3rd Jan 18, 10:47 PM
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    Certainly take the gold to a jewellers, I would avoid the big high street names and use a smaller business. I recently sold a bunch of my gold and was given a value of £375 at H Samuel, and nearly £600 at a small jewellers. Doesnít hurt to get a value and find out what youíve got.
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    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 3rd Jan 18, 10:56 PM
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    Thank you for all your advice. I did contact my local auction house and was going to pop in there but, given what trailingspouse said, I think I'd prefer to contact a small local jeweller. I'll keep you updated.

    Thank you.
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    • charlie3090
    • By charlie3090 4th Jan 18, 9:01 AM
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    If you do gave some gold have a look on the Hatton Garden Metals thread,
    I have used them on several occasions and they pay a lot more than high street jewellers ,
    I also sent what I thought was 9ct and they told me it was 18ct and paid out on that,
    when they recieve the jewellery they normally pay the same day ,
    hope this helps,
    Charlie.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 4th Jan 18, 12:34 PM
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    !!!8220; If they're not hallmarked the auction house will only be able to list them as 'yellow metal' with a consequent reduction in value.
    Originally posted by trailingspouse !!!8221;
    They can test and then mark as "tests as gold". Lots of Victorian jewellery isn't hallmarked either. Posted by LilElvis
    Foreign made gold jewellery won't have a recognisable hallmark either. I have a couple of heavy 24K gold chains from Saudi, which are just stamped '24K' When I took one into our local jewellers to have the clasp repaired they initially refused on the grounds that 'they didn't mend costume jewellery'.
    • LilElvis
    • By LilElvis 4th Jan 18, 12:43 PM
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    Thank you for all your advice. I did contact my local auction house and was going to pop in there but, given what trailingspouse said, I think I'd prefer to contact a small local jeweller. I'll keep you updated.

    Thank you.
    Originally posted by Ms Chocaholic
    I would take them to the auction house too - get a view from both. You can always set a minimum price at auction so it doesn't sell for less than its lower limit. Lots of dealers buy at auction so will know what they are looking at regardless of the description.
    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 4th Jan 18, 9:25 PM
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    Before you sell it all did your late mother in law have any grandchildren who may attach more sentimental value to a piece of granny's jewellery than yourselves.
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    • Loanranger
    • By Loanranger 4th Jan 18, 9:40 PM
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    Take it to a pawnbrokers, they will look at it all and advise you of its worth
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