Local Watch & Jewelry Experts
Wayne Ward, co-owner of Chinn Jewelry, is a resident graduate of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Wayne appraises for insurance companies throughout Michigan as well as estate jewelry appraisals for clients and law firms.
Our services include:
- Jewelry appraisals
- Custom jewelry
- Watch repair
- Watch battery replacement
- Jewelry sizing and cleaning
- We buy old gold
We Buy Old Gold
If you have old gold jewelry lying around, bring it in and we'll pay you cash for it. The price of gold fluctuates nearly every minute, and lately it has been well over $1,000 an ounce. Here is what gold is selling for right now.
This is one of
the most precious metals in the world. It is present in the rivers,
seas, and the earth's crust and trace amounts are present in plants
and animals. It is, however, difficult and expensive to extract. In
modern mining operations approximately 3 tons of ore are needed to
extract one ounce of gold. The many desirable qualities found in gold,
along with its scarcity, have made it the most popular metal for use
Properties of Gold
Gold in its pure state:
- Has a melting point
of 1945 degrees Fahrenheit (1063 degrees Celsius). When alloyed
(chemically combined) with other base metals the melting temperature
of the resulting alloy is changed. 18K yellow gold has a melting
point of 1675 degrees Fahrenheit and 14K yellow gold has a melting
point of about 1550 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Has a specific
gravity of 19.33. It is relatively heavy compared to most metals,
such as silver (SG 10.7) or iron (SG 7.8). A notable exception is
platinum (SG 21.4).
- Is more malleable
than any other metal and can be hammered into foil so thin that it
is almost transparent.
- Has a unique
ductility property allowing it to be drawn into wire so fine it can
barely be seen.
- Is deep yellow in
color. Its great reflectivity properties help keep its brightness
and color from fading with time.
- Will not rust,
tarnish or corrode. Gold jewelry recovered from ancient Egyptian
tombs is in the same state as when placed there over 4000 years ago.
- Is softer than most
other metals. On the Mohs scale of hardness (which is a measure of a
gemstone or mineral's resistance to scratching), gold has a hardness
value of 2 to
- 2.5. Diamond has a
value of 10. Pure gold may easily be scratched. Fortunately, gold
becomes harder when alloyed with other base metals.
- Is relatively scarce
and therefore expensive. It is estimated that only 125,000 tons of
gold have been mined the world over since the beginning of time.
- Is able to bond with
other base metals. This property gives rise to the many different
colors available in modern gold alloys.
Since ancient times the purity
of gold has been defined by the term karat, which is 1/24 part of pure
gold by weight. Pure gold is equivalent to 24K. Gold purity may also
be described by its fineness, which is the amount of pure gold in
parts per 1000. For example, a gold ring containing 583 fine gold has
Commission rules require that all jewelry items sold in the United
States as gold shall be described by "a correct designation of the
karat fineness of the alloy." No jewelry item less than 10K may be
The following table lists the relationship between different international gold markings.
United States Markings
1000 or 999
916 or 917
583 or 585
Some tips to remember when caring for gold jewelry include:
- Be wary of makeup,
moisture, and chemicals that may affect your gold jewelry's
- Keep gold jewelry
out of swimming pools with chlorine; chlorine can damage it over a
period of time.
- Check your gold
jewelry for scratches or other damage, and bring it to Chinn Jewelry
if there is any damage; we may be able to repair it.
Cultured Pearls Jewelry
have a living organism origin. They are highly susceptible to damage
and are very delicate; cultured pearl jewelry owners should be careful
with their cultured pearls. Some tips to remember when caring for
- Be careful where you
store your cultured pearl jewelry. Metal and other materials can
damage the surface of the cultured pearl.
- Cleaning cultured
pearls need only involve soap and water. Other cleaning agents may
damage your cultured pearls.
- Remove traces of
cosmetics and other such materials from your cultured pearl jewelry
before placing it in its storage place.
- Wrap your cultured
pearl jewelry in a tissue or other suitable holding device before
placing it in its storage place.
- You should bring
your cultured pearl jewelry back to Chinn Jewelry for restringing
Some of the
most popular jewelry items involve diamond jewelry. Diamonds are
durable and the hardest material known. Because of the amount of light
Some tips to remember when caring for diamond jewelry include:
- Avoid wearing
diamond jewelry when performing manual labor.
- Ammonia and water,
as well as several commercial cleaners, work well for diamond
- Avoid placing your
diamond jewelry in chlorine-containing substances.
The purity of platinum
is often higher than that of gold. Platinum jewelry is usually in the
neighborhood of 90%+ pure. It also more "solid" than gold in terms of
how resistant it is to tarnishing by chlorine, etc. It is very strong;
Some tips to remember when caring for platinum jewelry include:
platinum is very durable and does not lose its polish very easily.
Cleaning patterns are the same as other metals.
- For jewelry that
combines platinum with other fine jewelry components (like gold),
clean those substances and care for them as you would if they were
not paired with platinum. Also, keep in mind the necessary steps for
caring for these other components.
Silver, one of the
world's most useful metals, is also one of the world's most valuable
metals. It can achieve a great polish and does not tarnish in its pure
form. Most silver jewelry is silver combined with other metals
Some tips to remember when caring for silver jewelry include:
- Silver is
scratch-resistant but not scratchproof.
- In addition to the
general jewelry care steps, silver jewelry care can benefit from
special silver jewelry cleaning solutions. Check with Chinn Jewelry
- Avoid placing silver
in chlorine-containing materials.
- Be selective in what
you use to clean your silver, i.e. pads, cloths, etc. Felt works
well, as do special cleansing cloths designed for silver cleaning.
Other materials, including tissue, should be avoided. Ask Chinn
Jewelry for more information.