24 K Gold Jewelry
Have you ever seen an old cowboy movie where the bank robber holes up somewhere with his bag of loot? Once he’s safe and sound out of the deputy’s line of sight, the first thing he does is dig down into that bag and pull out a shiny gold coin. Grasping it firmly in his hand, he twists it between his teeth and then admires the now-crooked coin. He has every reason to be pleased (until the sheriff gets hold of him, that is); if the metal coin is that pliable, then he’s sure to have himself a sack full of extremely valuable gold! Yee haw!
We Buy 24 Karat Gold
Cash4Gold is actively seeking to purchase 24k gold in any form you may happen to have it, and with market prices in 24k gold at an all-time high, we can afford to compensate you well, even for any 24 karat gold items that you may have thought were useless! We at Cash4Gold are happy to assist you in whatever way we can to help you turn gold that you aren’t using into money, including:
-24kt gold wire;
-24 karat gold ingots;
-24k gold plated items;
-24ct gold single earrings;
-24k gold jewelry;
-24 carats gold bars;
-24 kt gold broken necklaces;
-24 ct gold teeth;
-24kt gold plated cutlery;
-24k gold chains;
-24k gold necklaces;
-24k gold rings;
-24k white gold;
-24kt gold jewelry;
-24k gold rings;
-24 carat gold plated figurines;
-24 carat gold jewelry;
-24c gold coins; and more!
So, how do you really know if your items are 24 karats? Gold used for jewelry or industrial purposes will almost always be alloyed with metals such as copper or silver, because gold in its elemental state is so malleable that objects created out of it would be unable to maintain their structure; jewelry or other objects made out of elemental gold would actually crumple like tin foil! This is why, for the purposes of making jewelry, 24kt gold is considered to be “pure.”
Because 24 karat gold is still very soft and malleable, many people still find that their 24k gold items will break quite easily. It’s hard to know what to do with an irreparable item made of 24c gold because, even though the item is functionless, the gold content is still worth a lot of money.
The “karat” (abbreviated as “k,” “c,” “kt,” or “ct” as in “24k gold”) is one measurement of the purity of a gold alloy. In the United States and Canada, the spelling “karat” is used, while the spelling “carat” is used to refer to the measure of a gemstone’s mass. The karat system quantifies gold purity in fractions of 24, such that the term “18k” refers to an alloy with 75% (18 parts per 24) pure gold by mass.
Another system of measuring gold purity is “millesimal fineness,” or parts per thousand of pure metal by mass in an alloy. In this system, an alloy containing 75% gold would be denoted as “750.” In Europe, most countries use percentages (i.e., ‘585,’ ‘750,’ etc.), rather than ‘14K,’ ‘18K,’ et cetera, which is used in the United States.
The most common millesimal finenesses and their karat equivalent in hallmarking gold items are as follows:
a. 999.99 = 99.999% gold.
c. 999 = 99.9% gold, equivalent to 24k or “three nines fine.”
e. 990 = 99.0% gold, equivalent to 23k or “two nines fine.”
f. 916 = 91.6% gold, equivalent to 22k.
g. 833 = 83.3% gold, equivalent to 20k.
h. 750 = 75% gold, equivalent to 18k.
i. 625 = 62.5% gold, equivalent to 15k.
j. 585 = 58.5% gold, equivalent to 14k.
k. 417 = 41.7% gold, equivalent to 10k.
m. 333 = 33.3% gold, equivalent to 8k. Minimum requirement for an item to be hallmarked as gold.
A “hallmark” is an official mark struck on precious metal items in order to validate their level of purity. In 1973, a core group of European nations signed a trade agreement at the Vienna Convention on the Control of the Fineness and the Hallmarking of Precious Metal Objects, in an attempt to develop internationally recognized standards for the inspection and validation of precious metals.
When items made out of precious metals are “assayed” (inspected and found to be in conformity by the qualifying office of a signatory country), they receive a mark known as the Common Control Mark (CCM), which attests to their material fineness. The multi-tiered motif of the CCM’s hallmark for gold is a balanced scale superimposed on two intersecting circles. In the case of 24 karat gold, a “24k” or “999” would be stamped in between the hanging scales.
It should be noted here that, unfortunately, even countries that have implemented strict hallmarking standards often have varying levels of enforcement, so it is important to be extremely wary when buying and selling 24 ct gold overseas.
Cash4Gold takes the assaying process very seriously. In the unforeseen event that there is any question concerning our initial electronic assessment of gold content, Cash4Gold will gladly perform further tests and provide you with any and all information that we ourselves obtain. In fact, we have three completely separate methods of assaying the alloy content of your 24 karat gold.
I) When Cash4Gold first receives your 24 carat gold items, each piece is subjected to testing by a state-of-the art electronic device that quickly and accurately outputs the gold purity of your item (measured in karats) on its digital display screen.
II) The Scratch, or Touchstone, method of testing is the oldest method in the industry, and is especially well-suited to the testing of very valuable pieces. Differences in precious metal content as small as 10-20 parts per thousand can often be established with confidence by the test. This method of testing is not indicated for use with 24 karat white gold.
III) The modern X-ray fluorescence method of purity testing has an accuracy of 2-5 parts per thousand. The results are automatically printed out, assuring our clients the most objective testing possible.