If you’re in a business that has given you a quantity of silver, platinum, or gold-containing items – like old cutlery, silverware, rings, watches – you definitely have precious metals that are worth refining. The problem is, it’s hard to understand just how much precious metal those items contain. And the more different items you have, the more confusing it becomes.
- Older silver-plate, for example, can contain larger quantities of silver than more modern plated flatware and tableware do. But how can you know how much silver is really in your silverware or whether it is worth recycling?
- Items of gold jewelry from other countries are often not stamped with standard karat numbers. Sometimes there are no numbers at all. What should you be looking for?
- Older platinum jewelry sometimes has no markings to indicate how pure the platinum is. (Newer platinum jewelry is usually stamped with a marking like “950 Plat,” which means that the platinum is 95% pure.)
Avoid the Confusion
Often, the only way to cut through the confusion is to send your items to a qualified precious metals refinery that can analyze them and tell you precisely what you have. Why not call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344 to talk things over? Even if you have a mixed collection of items, we can help you understand just what they are – and then help you get top dollar for the precious metals they contain.