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The Gold Rush 2020

Houston Jewelry Appraiser Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon - Prospecting for Gold 2020We love prospecting for gold!

Gold prospecting is the act of searching for gold in old jewelry and shoe boxes. What’s in your Closet?

Bring in your old jewelry boxes and have the Jewelry Judge sort and value the jewelry and gold.

This is traditionally an estate activity, either by someone dividing up jewelry among children or the heirs who inherited a mix of jewelry after the loss of a family member.

We will separate the fine jewelry and precious metals from costume, identify quality, identify the designer/manufacturer, provide documentation and value the items in your treasure chest. We will also refer you to trusted buyers, consignors or auction houses which are appropriate for your items of value.

During the current economic down turn, selling precious metals and fine jewelry or watches is once again not only popular, but in some cases a necessity.  We experienced this in 2015 when gold was at $1,400 an ounce, today it is selling at $1,700 an ounce.

We can help you turn gold into cash!

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Hard Facts – Hard Assets – Hard Decisions

AquamarineringIn difficult economic times, people sell hard assets such as jewelry and luxury valuables to provide money for other priorities, such as college tuition or travel.

To assure that our clients know the value of any items they consider selling, we offer a ‘Fair Market Valuation.’  Knowing how much a jewel is worth before taking it to an estate buyer or consigning it to auction will help assure the best price is obtained.

Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon does not buy or sell.  This allows him to maintain objectivity.  He does, however, refer clients to trusted buyers or reputable auction galleries depending upon the specific items to be liquidated.

This ring sold at auction for over $28,000.  Its original owner thought it might bring  $15-18,000.  A Jewelry Judge valuation and referral helped bring a much higher price.

aquamarinering3When making a hard decision, we recommend knowing the hard facts about hard assets. Difficult decisions become easier with a Jewelry Judge Consultation.  Make your decisions based upon hard facts – Call 713 961-1432Book Appointment On-Line

Where to Sell Gold Jewelry in Houston?

Gold JewelryWith the current price of gold upwards of $1600 per troy ounce, gold jewelry sellers are back.

Houston’s Jewelry Judge does not buy or sell jewelry, but he often consults to inform individuals wishing to sell their gold on what price they can expect. “People often forget,” he remarks, “that anyone buying gold will most likely be reselling it.”

This means that, for example, a handful of 14k gold chains weighing exactly 1 troy ounce will bring less than 30% of the daily spot price for gold.  18k and 22k gold may bring somewhat more, because of the higher percentage of gold in the mix. Know the value of your gold before you sell to avoid disappointment – consult with The Jewelry Judge.

What about gold jewelry with colored gemstones in it?  Mr. Gordon shakes his head, “Many gold buyers lump all jewelry items together and weigh it as though it were gold.  This could mean that a valuable gemstone could be quite under priced. That’s where it helps to consult with Houston’s Jewelry Judge.  Sometimes, there’s something really valuable in a tangled mess.”  We can identify what’s worth salvaging, re-designing, or letting it go to scrap.  And if there is a need to sell, we help direct our clients to reputable buyers.”

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An Honest Mistake…

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Learn how the Jewelry Judge provides consumer protection as part of the jewelry appraisal process. Here is a recent appraisal where a major discrepancy was resolved!

We at The Jewelry Judge gem lab take pride in uncovering fraud and misrepresentation when we advocate for our clients in disputes. Devious intent is not always the case when there is a significant discrepancy between what was paid for and what was received.

1AHere’s a case in point – the mismatched sapphire.

Our client brought us a beautiful loose sapphire with a GIA certificate and a receipt describing the gemstone as weighing 1.93 carat oval blue unheated sapphire.

When we weighed and measured it, our results showed 1.43 carat weight. The discrepancy in carat weight could mean a difference of $1,000.

2No one panicked!

We simply called the retailer where the gemstone had been purchased two days earlier. He remembered the customer well – she had compared four sapphires of different sizes and colors. Each was brought out of inventory and carefully unwrapped from its small packet. Each was examined with a loupe and tweezers. A decision was made to purchase the 1.93 ctw gemstone and the three remaining sapphires were wrapped up and returned to stock.

It is easy for a sales professional to inadvertently wrap a gemstone in the wrong packet, especially when to the naked eye, gemstones can appear to be quite similar. The retailer quickly examined the remaining three packets in his inventory and confirmed that the 1.93 ctw gemstone was in the 1.4 wrapper and our client had her preferred stone within a half hour.

Errors can and do occur. But this happy ending was brought about by:
• Our client’s quick action – it was only two days after the purchase that she brought the loose stone to us for confirmation and insurance valuation.
• Our immediate call to the principal who was personally known to The Jewelry Judge (while the client sat with us).
• This retailer was happy that we brought the discrepancy to his attention, and his inventory confirmed our findings.

Both the retailer and our client thanked us for weighing and testing the beautiful oval sapphire. Yes, a mistake had been made – unintended human error is possible. Our call to the retailer gave him an opportunity to quickly correct the error and protect his reputation.
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Conclusion: When in doubt, check it out!

Get a second opinion from:                                 The Jewelry Judge, Ben Gordon!
             Trust but Verify!