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Calculating the Cost of Gold Jewelry, Is There a Rule of Thumb?

By Calla Gold

The Price of Pure Gold and the Price of Jewelry Are Far Apart From Each Other

So Many Questions About Gold Prices

What is the cost of gold jewelry? How does the cost of gold jewelry compare to the price per ounce of gold on the metals market?

Are rings more expensive by weight than chains? What is retail markup? What makes one type of gold jewelry more expensive than another?

Here at Calla Gold Jewelry we get asked and try to answer all kinds of jewelry questions. With help from my mathematically happening husband Jeremy, we take on these questions!

Is There a Rule of Thumb to Predicting the Cost of Gold Jewelry to Buy?

Is there a rule of thumb a person can use to calculate the cost of a 14k piece of jewelry? I wish it were that easy. Let’s break it down in to what we can figure out.

24kt vs. 14kt.

24k gold is 100% gold. Why the number “24”? All you need to know is it’s an ancient story having to do with kings and seed pods, best left for another time.
Do know this: 14k gold is 14 parts real gold and 10 parts other metals, or expressed as a percentage, 58% gold and 42% other stuff. 18k gold is 75% gold and 25% other junk.

You Need to Figure the Difference Between Ounces and Grams

Ounces vs. Grams

Unfortunately, pure gold is typically sold by the ounce while karat jewelry (kt.) is usually sold by the gram. Thus, we have to convert ounces to grams to find out the cost of the gold in a particular piece of jewelry.
One troy ounce equals 31.1 grams. If pure gold is selling for $1700 per ounce in the metal markets, then one gram is going for $54.66 ($1700/31.1g).

“Give Me a For Instance”

So let’s say a particular 14k gold chain weighs 20 grams. Remember, only 58% of the weight is pure gold. The other 42% is a conglomeration of other metals. (Called alloy metals). So: 58% of 20g = 11.6g. In other words, out of that 20 gram chain, only 11.6 grams of it are pure gold. And with gold at $1700/oz.—or $54.66/gram—the gold in the chain would be worth $634 ($54.66 x 11.6 = $634).

Three Reasons it Costs Way More in the Store

But wait! In the store that 20 gram chain is selling for $1,560. What’s up with that?

1. Our calculations up to this point haven’t included the cost of the other metals.

2. We haven’t figured in the cost of labor to make the chain.

3. We haven’t bumped up the price to a retail level. So far, we’ve been figuring things out on a beginning level.

Pear Shaped Blue Topaz Bezel Set Gem Pendant on Snake Chain

Snake Chain, Machine Made in Italy, 14kt

Explanation With Lots of Math!

What this means is that if the 20 gram chain is selling for $1,560 and $634 is the cost of the gold, the other $926 ($1560 – $634 = $926) includes the cost of the other metals, the labor, and the jeweler’s profit. What percentage is the cost of the other metals? The labor? And the markup from the jeweler? Unknown!

All I can tell you with certainty is that if pure gold is selling for $1700/oz. and the weight of the 14k chain is 20 grams, then the gold is worth $634. There is no way to know what the jeweler paid for the chain from the manufacturer. Furthermore, we don’t know what gold was going for at the time of purchase. The jeweler might have bought it when gold was at $1500 per ounce. Or $1800 per ounce!

oval link chain with diamond spaceer

Add Gemstones and it’s a Whole New Calculation

Gemstones Add a Level of Complexity

Finally, we’ve only talked about the gold. If there are gemstones in the piece… Yikes! So for that reason we’ll just speak to gold-only jewelry in seeking a rule of thumb.

“What Should I Expect the Markup to Be?”

To have a rule of thumb on what mark-up to expect, think a minimum of double. If the cost of a chain is $500.00 expect to pay $1,000.00 or more. A machine made chain will have a cost of the gold, plus alloyed metals, plus labor to make it.

Any retail mark-up of course takes into account rents, marketing, staffing and we just won’t go there. Just know that the reason you can’t get it at the price the jeweler does is because you aren’t buying a kilo at a time from that particular manufacturer.

The Cost of Making Chains vs. Earrings

A popular style of gold chain will be more reasonably priced than say a pair of earring as an earring takes more time and steps to make. Also a company might make 100 pair of earrings in one year, while they make 1,000 pieces of a frequently ordered chain style.

They can make that chain style again and again for years, but the styles of earrings change regularly, and the cost of designing and testing each earring style would increase the overall cost of the earrings as well.

Sapphire and diamond engagement ring by Calla Gold Jewelry

Custom Made Engagement Ring

“How Do Designer Jewelry and Custom Jewelry Prices  Get Figured Out?”

If you have a one-of-a-kind custom made ring created for you, your price to be paid will be greater, than a similar weight ring that was factory made. The price needs to pay the designer and the individual tasks of wax carving, casting, polishing, setting and putting on the special finishes or textures or engraving that make your ring unique.

A custom wedding or engagement ring has no economy of scale because it is one of a kind. So expect to pay more for the singular care that goes into its making.

The Bigger the Factory….

The more multiples of that piece of jewelry that are out there in the marketplace, the less you pay by weight for the design and initial set up to make it. That cost has been absorbed by the many pieces made.

You Are an Individual and There’s No Rule of Thumb About You

He Wanted a Lego Ring. He Went Custom.

Where you’re getting the “only one” or ” that style made just for you,” you are paying for art, not something readily available. The fame and popularity of the designer will also have an effect the price you’ll pay for their design work.

There really is no rule of thumb for figuring this stuff out, but now that you are armed with some information, I hope you feel more comfortable when shopping for jewelry and know what to expect.

Get something that is as unique as you are.

Calla Gold

 

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78 Responses to “Calculating the Cost of Gold Jewelry, Is There a Rule of Thumb?”

Lee January 14th, 2013 at 12:28 pm


Great article. I wrote one on this and I had to actually take some scrap gold that came in and weigh it and price it out for customers! I passed, and I’m not a math whiz…it’s very confusing!!

Calla Gold January 14th, 2013 at 4:38 pm


Hi Lee,
It is complex figuring out the old gold jewelry recycling value. I lean on my husband Jeremy, the math wiz of the business to figure this stuff out.
We get a lot of scrap gold when clients are haiving me do jewelry repairs or want custom work done. It does bring down the price of their projects.
If I had to do it all myself I wouldn’t be able to get my regular jewelry designing and other work done. It’s time consuming separating out the different karats of gold, removing gems and clasps (Clasps contain non-gold and need to be figured out differently), and then doing the math for my clients.
Calla Gold

Shane in Auzzieland January 18th, 2013 at 2:08 am


Hello Calla Gold Jewelry,
This blog post covered all the information about gold pricing in jewelry. Prices, weight, purity etc. all things are easily understandable in your article.
Nice!
Shane

Calla Gold January 19th, 2013 at 11:04 am


Hi Shane,
I’m glad you liked it. I wanted to get the feedback of another jeweler, so this is just great! I hope all is well with you and yours in Australia!
Calla Gold
Calla Gold Jewelry

Eddie B. January 22nd, 2013 at 2:49 pm


This is a pretty gutsy post. I’ve asked the question before, why does jewelry cost what it does? Not because I want a wholesale price, just because I want to know so that I don’t feel stupid or ripped off.
I like your Calla Gold Jewelry blog here and will check it out again.

Calla Gold January 22nd, 2013 at 5:16 pm


Thank you Eddie for the gutsy comment. I love it. I hope your next jewelry purchase feels easy and pleasant!
Calla Gold

Arvind May 20th, 2013 at 9:12 am


The article is quite informative however I somehow do not agree with rule of thumb of minimum double of gold price. I recently purchased 22K gold chain( In Canada). I paid only 25% more than the actual gold price. I believe this article is more biased towards jewelers than the buyers…..Arvind

Calla Gold May 20th, 2013 at 1:06 pm


Hello Arvind,
Well done on the low mark-up you paid on your high karat chain. I personally do not sell high karat pre-made jewelry, so I am weaker in that area.
I’ve been asked so many times how jewelry is priced that I wrote this blog post to answer from my perspective.
Calla Gold

Sigrid June 18th, 2013 at 9:13 am


Hello, Very interesting article!

I would have thought that traditionally, jewellery stores marked up their fine jewellery 100%, and that manufacturers in turn obviously work with a markup over their average cost of materials, so the gold part of retail price tended to be approximately 4x the value of the gold content at the time of manufacture. And they kept the retail prices and their margins consistent by adjusting the karat and weight as needed.

I’m sure that has been affected by the combination of the rise in gold prices and the global depression, low cost sourcing from countries like China and India, and intense jewellery store competition, including online. Maybe the price average is closer to 3x the price of gold?

But in any case, valuing gold jewellery by estimating the premium over the gold content that might not be a very useful guide for individuals.

It really wouldn’t apply to custom jewellery because you are valuing the creative talent of the custom jeweler and she is figuring in the cost of materials used in the proposed piece, her overhead and what her time is worth in arriving at her pricing. None of that is arbitrary but neither can it be reduced to a simple one size fits all formula.

Calla Gold June 18th, 2013 at 7:26 pm


Hi Sigrid,
Thank you for your thoughtful opinion on how to figure out if there is a rule of thumb in figuring out gold value. You made some great points. Especially about custom created jewelry designs. It can’t be boiled down to a, one size fits all, formula.
Thanks for taking the time to write.
Personal Jeweler,
Calla

ashley March 4th, 2014 at 7:20 pm


THANK YOU!! This is SO helpful. The karat factor and percent of gold vs. other metals, and the rough estimate on mark-up makes so much sense. I agree with another poster, this was a gutsy post, but the transparency really helps. Most consumers don’t expect to get wholesale prices, but it is empowering to know how the prices get calculated so one can feel confident making a purchase, or selling old jewelry. Transparency is bold and I hope you are rewarded for it. Everyone deserves to make a profit and make a living, and everyone deserves to know what they are paying for so they know if they are getting gauged or if they can feel comfortable about the pricing. Best Wishes!

Calla Gold March 5th, 2014 at 6:21 am


Dear Ashley,
I so appreciate your letting me know what it was exactly that you liked about this post. You are articulate and so kind to write this. I admit I had misgivings about writing about the ways to figure out what you’d pay for gold one way or another. But it is a question that has come my way occasionally. I do try to answer the questions I get on my blog.
I do hope you’ll come again to my blog! Your voice is appreciated!
In case you’d like to see my most controversial post and see some flaming comments go to my post advising against buying titanium or tungsten wedding bands here: http://www.callagold.com/wedding-rings/dont-buy-titanium-or-tungsten-wedding-bands/
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Ikram Khan May 26th, 2014 at 11:09 am


I’ve bought a couple of necklaces and full sets with earrings etc. so know how expensive gold is. However until I read this I had only a limited knowledge of what I was paying.
The jewellery that I was buying was split as follows: gold price + VAT + labour + (markup) + polishing (which I am told is added as gold is removed when designing made to order custom pieces, I was ordering from trade brochures mainly from Singapore). In all a very good web page.
Thank you.

Calla Gold May 26th, 2014 at 12:22 pm


Hello Ikram,
Thank you for your nice comment with your figurings. I appreciate your compliment on my blog as well.
Thank you,
Calla Gold

William Rennie February 12th, 2015 at 1:05 pm


Ring is $750- with 20% discount it’s $600 plus $48 tax (total $648)

It’s 14k

Isn’t it a good deal?
Thank you.

Calla Gold February 13th, 2015 at 4:52 pm


Hello William,
I’m afraid that not seeing the ring I have no idea of whether it is a good value.
Good luck in finding a local second opinion you can rely on.
Calla Gold

Elliot March 20th, 2015 at 11:24 pm


Hello,
I have recently been looking for a new 18K – 22K 2mm 20″ – 22″ (50cm – 55cm) cuban link gold chain. I have looked at some online places such as amazon, ebay, and etsy and am very confused about the pricing. There is such a wide variety in terms of pricing some range from a few dollars to other upwards of $200. They claim to be 18K, but the very low selling price has me skeptical for (seemingly) obvious reasons. I am not sure what to think at this point. Any and all advice would be much appreciated.

Calla Gold March 21st, 2015 at 8:44 am


Dear Elliot,
Buying a gold chain from online is fraught with danger. A private party may think that it’s OK to call an 18kt gold electroplate chain as 18kt. There are processes out there that give heavy gold plating making you think it is 18kt. There are people who falsely stamp 18kt on a chain that is 14kt or 10kt or plated. If you buy from a reputable source that specializes in fine gold chains and not costume plated versions, or furniture or other dis-related items you’ll be in better hands.
A low selling price is a pretty dead sure guarantee that the chain in question is not legitimate gold.
Gold Link Company sells online and is reputable. I don’t know if they can get you a Cuban link, but if so they are very trustworthy:
http://www.goldlinkco.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=48
If you start with a reputable company then any referral they would give would be legitimate.
Good luck is finding a nice high quality 18kt gold chain.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Vyas March 22nd, 2015 at 7:00 am


How one can be sure that 22k jewellery they are buying is really 22k. The jewellery was stamped 22k too and bought from Gold House jewellers in Toronto, Canada.
Thanks.

Calla Gold March 22nd, 2015 at 7:12 am


Hi Vyas,
If you buy from a reputable company it should be ligitimate. A company stakes its reputation on the legality of the gold stamps of its chains and other jewelry. They can get in a lot of trouble for falsely stamping their goods.
There is a test called a fire assay which tells the true karat of gold. There are also simpler acid test methods. Gold karat can be checked.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Jax June 4th, 2015 at 2:27 pm


i bought a 18k yellow gold ring that weighs 16.3 grams with a 8 carat oval ruby i know the ruby is natural but i think its filled ruby not synthetic im not sure… i paid 1300$ do you think i got a good deal?

Calla Gold June 5th, 2015 at 6:11 am


Hi Jax,
I bet that the ruby is not real. The price you paid is a good one from the perspective of the gold weight.
Calla Gold

Jax June 5th, 2015 at 12:16 pm


well the lady that sold it to me told me that it is natural but the person who sold her the ruby said that its filled with ruby dust lol and it wont go bad when used with harsh liquids ….i only use soap to clean it im scared to use anything else …i looked inside it and i honestly cant tell it does have inclusions inside

sam nollota August 20th, 2015 at 12:46 am


Hi ma’am i just want to ask you how much is the necklace gold 50gr. 24kt there?

Calla Gold August 20th, 2015 at 6:20 am


Hi Sam,
I re-looked at my post and didn’t see a necklace that I said was 50grams or 24kt. Could you explain your question more fully?
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

DAVID August 20th, 2015 at 4:55 pm


Hi, I want to buy a 14kt gold chain with 22 grams weight. What’s a good price I should pay to my friend?

Calla Gold August 20th, 2015 at 7:12 pm


Hi David,
Figuring out the retail price of a chain depends on if it’s new or used, the workmanship that adds to the value of the piece, and what kind of store you are in.
I’ll stay out of this very subjective area.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Angar August 28th, 2015 at 2:38 pm


i want to buy a 97.2 g necklace 22 karat dubai made. how much should i pay for it if 24k gold price is $38 per gram?

Calla Gold August 28th, 2015 at 3:03 pm


Hi Angar,
I don’t have a gold price figuring calculator. This blog is to help you but we’re not a site that drills down to each person’s gold price inquiry.
Your Personal Jewelry,
Calla

Dubai dave March 20th, 2016 at 7:49 pm


Hello Angar, if 24ct is $38, the 22ct will be approx $35 x 97g = $3385

$3500 can be achieved

Calla Gold March 21st, 2016 at 5:39 am


It can be achieved if the merchant is practically giving it away. And is that the case here?

Dubai dave March 21st, 2016 at 10:44 am


Yes. The rule of thumble on haggling is to calculate the gold value then add 5 AED per gram. Even at 97g x 5 AED = 485 which is roughly $132

So yes my $3500 estimate was generous as I only allowed $115 make change fee.

Maybe $3520 – $3550 is more realistic

ohiodale November 24th, 2015 at 11:50 am


I priced the cost of a fake gold necklace at $40 for a 20″ chain (rope). I doubt it would cost anymore to make a real gold necklace but let’s say the cost was double. Today gold sells for $1074/once or $34.60 per gram. A necklace weighing 4 grams should cost to make $218 in materials and labor based on doubling the cost of the fake gold necklace. Say the manufacturer makes 8% on the cost of the gold that comes to $136 plus the $80 dollars for the other metal and labor or $230. I wouldn’t pay more than $400 for the gold chain. Most retailers will not disclose the weight. I wonder way?

Calla Gold November 24th, 2015 at 9:13 pm


Dear Ohiodale,
One of the things that will mess up your figures is the fact that the metal weight for fake metals and gold differ to a pretty great extent. Therefore relying on a fake necklace weight for your figures will just frustrate you.
Most chains are sold by weight plus labor making it different from chain to chain.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Jessica January 3rd, 2016 at 10:31 am


I’m an individual not a store. I have a 14k yellow gold 27″ 16g chain that I am trying to sell. I have looked everywhere and can not find anything remotely close to this chain online. Do you know of any place online I might be able to type in a description and possibly find something comparable? I wish I could upload a picture of it.

Your blog is amazing! You definitely hit the nail on the head. Individuals are offering me like 250 for the chain, but the pawnshop is offering me 350. It’s really difficult to price a gold piece. Especially when it could be a one of a kind. I wondered why the pawnshop was offering me more per gram then what I saw online for gold prices, I didn’t even think about the other metals that are used to make it.

Awesome, keep up the great work!

Calla Gold January 3rd, 2016 at 4:01 pm


Hi Jessica,
You could send me a picture at callagold@gmail.com and if I recognize it and know the name I’ll email you back. Many chain maufacturors are in Italy and typically if they make a certain proprietary design they do a run of it and move on. Your unique design could be one of these. They are not collectors items, just pretty and discontinued. This may be the case with yours.
The pawn shop may be offering you more than the melt credit for the gold which the $250.00 looks like, because they may feel they can sell it. The $350.00 is a generous offer in my book. Having not seen it I am assuming it is a chain that is typical of Italian made and in good to excellent condition.
It is unfortunate that you can’t put a picture on my blog comments.
If it’s possible it is above my pay grade.
I adore you kind words about my blog. When I started it I wanted to answer the frequently asked questions and talk about designing jewelry and just be a voice to answer questions wherever I had information or opinion in my jewelry world. I’m shocked to be in the 400’s on how many blogs I’ve written. I’ve been told I’m chatty, so I guess that makes sense.
I will keep it up. Please come again Jessica.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Franklyn January 22nd, 2016 at 12:52 pm


Very interesting post and very thorough too; great Blog. I often wonder why the kt. weight poses such a heavy pondering, whilst at the same time I often wonder that it cannot be that simple for some. For instance. Today’s prices for scrap gold in the UK are: 9kt: £8.65, 14kt: £13.49p, 18kt: £17.29p, 22kt: £21.23p and 24kt: £23.30p (per gram) These prices must surely reflect both gold content and ‘other’ metal content in order to come to these prices; hence the differences as we go up the kt. weight scale which takes into account ‘other’ metals than gold.

Assuming that scrap price would only ever be the true worth of whatever it is that we buy and, one day, sell-on then this can only be the greater interest in regard to actual value which you have shown very well in this truly informative article. This being the case, then some might consider that pure gold value is the wider aspect rather than any design or manufacturing of it which, of course, will only ever add to the final costs.

I think the value of any jewelry lies in the eye of the beholder and, for some, the price is the lesser of the issue in regard to gold-weight over actual weight. Anyone looking for a bargain buy would, of course, view the subject with a lot more scrutiny, but even at the point the kt. price of scrap gold is set which in turn (and for me) makes the whole subject much simpler.

(I have no idea if you see where I am coming from here … LOL)

~F~

Calla Gold January 23rd, 2016 at 6:29 pm


Franklyn,
Thank you first of all for your kind words. It is nice to get your perspective on this information written in America from over there in the UK. I’m thinking you’re more of an engineer than me so I followed you up to a point.
I basically wrote it to answer the question, “how much can I get for this old gold?” This being asked by a client who weighed it all together and said, “I have 123 grams all together.” Some was 10kt, some 14kt and some 18kt. One piece was un-stamped dental gold. So I thought I’ll write this up so people know why it takes time to sort, test and figure out a credit for someone’s gold.
It doesn’t help when someone is buying new gold because as you said the cost of manufacturing, designing, and all the extras that go into the creation of beautiful jewelry.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla Gold

jack February 5th, 2016 at 3:05 pm


This was a good explanation of pure vs karat pricing and content. I think you could say the total cost of all the other alloy metals in a typical ring is easily less than 1% of the cost of the gold content, and basically disregard it from any attempt to understand pricing.

Thanks for the explanation!

Calla Gold February 6th, 2016 at 9:18 am


Hello Jack,
When I turn in gold for recycling I do not receive any credit for the alloy metals. So you are right that they are worth less than 1%. They are worth nothing to me. The gold in recycling is the valuable metal.
I’m pleased that you liked the explanation.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Janet February 16th, 2016 at 5:18 pm


I was looking at a 14k plain white gold band.
The seller (pawn shop) said it had 8 grams of gold. I’m not sure if that’s good or not. The ring looked very nice. I just don’t know if its $300.00 nice. Can you give me your opinion?

Calla Gold February 17th, 2016 at 8:03 am


Hi Janet,
At a pawn shop, selling used items $300.00 is a bit much. I think you could do better.
If however there is intricate and artistic uniqueness that they are adding to the cost that is another story.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

fawn February 29th, 2016 at 3:11 pm


I bought a 14k gold cross and chain. Paid 800. It days ky gold is worth 327 is 800 a fair price? I feel like i was over charged.

Calla Gold March 3rd, 2016 at 7:13 am


Hello Fawn,
I am not familiar with a 327 as a representative of karat. The stamp 333 means 8kt gold and 375 means 9kt, 416 is ten karat and 585 is 14kt. That number doesn’t seem to correspond to a karat value.
When you are buying a manufactured piece of jewelry you are not paying the gold value for it anymore than when you buy a car you are paying the raw metal price for each metal that goes into manufactury.
I realize upon re-reading your comment that I have misunderstood your question. Your chain is 14kt gold. I could not comment on the fairness of the price of your chain.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Dubai dave March 20th, 2016 at 7:40 pm


I think the piece over elaborates on how simplistic a calculation this can be.

Gold is priced on the world market and will virtualy cost the same regardless of whether you are in Miami or Manchester. Currently 18ct is about $31 per gram. This includes 75% pure gold and 25% alloy. The current 24ct price is approx $41 so we can already see the gram of alloy component is roughly $10 per gram. We didn’t need that info as we’ve established one gram of 18ct is $31. So if the price you’re intending to buy is 10 gram ring of 18ct, we can quickly see the material value is $310. If the retailer buys in for $400 and sells for $600 (purely estimates) it’s simple to see a $90 workmanship cost and then a 50% retail markup.

At the end of the day, people usually pay more than double the value of the actual metal. In Dubai that $310 lump of metal would be made into jewelry and sold (after a round of battering games) for under $350.

It’s the fixed/variable overheads that will make gold cheaper in some parts of the world and not the actual metal price

Calla Gold March 21st, 2016 at 5:38 am


Hello Dave,
I live in America and this was written with that veiwpoint. It’s amazing that the piece of jewelry made in your example would cost around $350.00. That might happen at a pawn shop in America, but never at a store. Also that $90.00 workmanship cost seems low as well. This is however very interesting to get your input from Dubai.
You are right that fixed and variable overheads greatly impact what a person will pay for karat gold jewelry not actual metal price.
Thanks for adding your voice to the conversation.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Keith May 16th, 2016 at 2:06 am


Hi Calla, Not, too long ago.. I was digging out a area to set up a trailer on my prop. and dug up a 1 foot square gold looking block of very heavy metal and it was foged up by a thin layer of tarnish (but, when the sun hit it look out!) I did some checking around and it weighed 1,240 pounds it took 2 of us with bent backs to carry it to the PU Truck and had to swing it on the tail gate. The estimate I found for that item judging on the weight and all 8 sides was all gold looking fools gold does not weigh like real gold, so and it was in the groung for many years???? I know now it was 24Kt. gold as I sold it to a salvage yard and he said the outside looks like gold but, the inside was all kinds of different metals, and believing him as he is registered with this State to give a Fair price for metal brought to him he gave us $45.00 for it, and his Tenants he rents to next to the salvage yard said they saw what I brought in to him, and told me after we left that morning he locked up shop and went to FLA and bought a Mansion down there, and up-graded his Biz. it is now on a Major Highway RT# 17 the Rockland Road, and now owns an Antiques Shop in the same Town.. what would you do if this happened to you? Oh, the Estamate came Very Close to.. “$19,721,516.26” a website that deals in everyday pricing of gold and said avg. price is $1,700.00 an OZ. being the waight of 1,240 LBS I don’t remember how many ounces it came to but I can tell you a LOT! And I found an EX-Employee of his that plain out told me he rips off many of his customers.. if his tenants are still there.. I have them as well, I never had this kind “BUNCO” done to me, but there must be a recorse I would think? I’m thinking you might know the best way to handle these “Bunco Crooks” as you deal in gold & etc. I should had brought it to a Coin Shop that deals in Gold & Silver as well.. instead of… Thanks

Calla Gold May 16th, 2016 at 6:15 am


Dear Keith,
Your story is a sad one. My main business is the designing and selling of fine jewelry. I wrote this blog post due to the many questions I receive about the value of gold and why finished gold pieces cost more. I do not know where you would go to sort this out since he is gone as is your hunk of gold.
If you discover another hunk of gold on your property the safest place to take it would be to a refinery which can do what’s called a fire assay where they take a random piece drilled out of your gold and test it for karat.
The public rarely have access to refinery services, but some do advertise online and could perhaps help you find someone reputable in your area that they get metal from that you could go to.
I feel that coin and estate dealers are safer than junk dealers for this kind of thing. You can also get more than one offer and if the offers are very different, that is a red flag that you need to tread carefully and be cautious before choosing who will buy your gold. I realize that what I’m saying is akin to closing the barn door after the horse has escaped, but there it is.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

O. Lamoree July 11th, 2016 at 3:37 pm


VERY interesting page. I have traveled the Emirates and Dubai has a Gold Market to take your breath away. My experience with them was that I had a Krugerrand that I carried for many years as “emergency cash” but nice to look at. Then the USA outlawed the possession of Krugerrands so while in Dubai, I traded the Krugerrand for an 18K stud-link necklace. They did the assay of the coin and the chain at the same time as I wanted the ounce in the Krugerrand to be equal to an ounce in the chain. They only charged me US$15 for the exchange! I later had the chain assayed and sure enough it was 18k. There are literally hundreds of gold shops from 2 square meters to 20 square meters, all jammed together and the competition is such that they are satisfied with volume transactions rather than waiting for the casual sucker. Dubai and the Emirates in general are breathtaking. I have visited there for at least 50 years since when it was shack town and the tallest building, just one, was 12 stories… today they have the tallest building in the world, 2,722 feet with 163 floors. The residences cost US$3,500 per square foot. Question: How many ounces of gold would it take to buy a two bedroom apartment there?

Calla Gold July 13th, 2016 at 9:40 am


Dear O,
That is an interesting travelogue comment on Dubai. It sounds like you traded a one ounce of 24kt for a one ounce of 18kt gold chain plus $15.00. That is a better deal than in the US, especially considering the work to create your chain.
Dubai sure has seen a lot of changes over the years. Thank you for sharing this.
As to your question I think it’d take a lot of ounces to buy that apartment!
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Emma July 16th, 2016 at 5:00 pm


Hi

Do you have a shop at Dubai airport ?

Calla Gold July 16th, 2016 at 8:18 pm


Hi Emma,
I do not have a shop in the Dubai Airport. I just used that picture. I am an American jewelry designer and educator.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Peter Kurzhals August 5th, 2016 at 5:14 pm


Calla, yur article was very helpful, but I’m curious whether I paid too much ($1,250) for an 18.5″ herringbone nacklace of 14K gold weighing 30.3g and with a width of 6mm? The necklace s used but is in excelelnt condition and highly polished.

Please advise, OK?

Thanks!

Peter

Calla Gold August 6th, 2016 at 10:42 am


Dear Peter,
You got a nice close to wholesale price for your chain. Very well done. It sounds like a great buy to me.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Jenny August 8th, 2016 at 12:36 pm


This article was EXTREMELY beneficial to me! I work for a non-profit organization and we get tons of jewelry donated! And I have just been calculating the jewelry price by the type of gold, or silver, platinum etc; and then weighing it and multiplying the cost per gram whatever the cost may be on that given day. The calculator I use is online and it gives me the fair market value, the price per penny weight (DWT) and the NY Spot Market Price for Gold/Silver/Platinum. What is this NY Spot Market Price? Can you give me any intel on this? I am so thankful that I found this website!!! It has been such a great resource!!!
Thank You SO VERY MUCH!!!
Jenny-SPCA OF NORTH BREVARD

Calla Gold August 8th, 2016 at 4:33 pm


Hi Jenny,
Thank you for letting me know that this is helpful to you in your non-profit work.
The New York Spot price means the price today of one ounce of fine gold. Pure gold. Not a future price. It changes throughout the day.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Luis estrada August 31st, 2016 at 4:38 pm


Hell i was just wondering if i got ripped off?
So i bought a 14k gold chain that weighs 13 grams and i paid $700 i basically paid around $54 per gram for it and i called several other shops and it seems that they are selling the gram of 14k gold in between $55-$65 why so much?

Calla Gold September 1st, 2016 at 7:54 pm


Hello Luis,
The workmanship and craftwork that goes into making a gold chain needs to be taken into account when you are buying one. That price doesn’t sound rip-offy to me. But I am a jeweler and I have to make a living, so I understand the need to have mark-up as a part of the equation.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Marlena McKeon October 23rd, 2016 at 5:34 am


What is the average cost of a 20 inch curb link platinum necklace that weights 33 grams?

Calla Gold October 24th, 2016 at 8:40 am


Hi Marlena,
I do not sell these types of chains.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Eric Cardenas October 31st, 2016 at 11:16 pm


Found a great buy at a Pawn Shop 14kt 72.4 gr. Chino link necklace. For $2000.00.

Calla Gold November 2nd, 2016 at 8:10 pm


Cool.

oana November 4th, 2016 at 1:15 pm


Hey, do you guys know a place where you can buy gold jewelries by weight in USA?

Thanks.

Calla Gold November 5th, 2016 at 10:18 pm


Hi Oana,
I do not keep a list of jewelers that sell by weight.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Joe November 12th, 2016 at 1:48 am


G’day Calla.
Many years ago I went to 3 jewelers in Perth Australia with a handfull of jewelry. No scrap and included was a new solid 22k necklace and bracelet weighing around 28gms. “How much for this lot?” I ask.
Iwas told it would only be melted down and was offered between A$175 and $75 for the lot.
Next jeweller I tell him that I need to get valuations for anything over $500 for the insurance and give him 1 20inch 9k neckchain with a 1 inch disc St Christopher medallion.
He weighed it and said, “$1200 sir, a valuation will cost $75.”
Many jewelers have a 1000% mark up on jewelry which is why Goldmxxx in the UK used to sell for 10% deposit and no interest over 3 years. They made their profit on the 10% and the rest was a big bonus.

Calla Gold November 12th, 2016 at 8:10 am


Dear Joe,
I don’t even know how to respond other than to say that that mark-up is huge and ridiculous. I’ve been selling jewelry now for 33 years and that is not a mark-up I or any of my jeweler friends uses. Your story is dramatic but not representative of what I am familiar with from inside the business.
Thank you for sharing that.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Paul November 16th, 2016 at 4:16 am


Who is the best wholesalers

Calla Gold November 16th, 2016 at 7:42 am


Hello Paul,
As a designer of jewelry I have no answer for you. To buy wholesale you need a resale permit and at minimum a business licence. You need to jump thorugh hoops to establish your good credit. You’d probably also need to reach a minimum purchase level to get truly great pricing. Perhaps by buying a kilo at a time. Part of the buying of jewelry wholesale is buying in bulk.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Umar,Baba m November 17th, 2016 at 3:22 am


I always find it interesting when reading your comments.

Calla Gold November 17th, 2016 at 9:40 pm


Hello Umar,
I appreciate that!
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Jason November 17th, 2016 at 11:05 pm


It’s not my very first time to visit this blog; I’m visiting this daily and acquire superb info from here day by day.

Calla Gold November 18th, 2016 at 7:53 am


Hi Jason,
I’m glad you come by Jason. See you again.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Ruby November 21st, 2016 at 5:07 pm


Hello,I come and I read alit of questions and comments.I too have a question coz i just bought a wheat chain 10k and 22″ for $1275,i am not so sure if it is over priced or what coz it was so light

Calla Gold November 21st, 2016 at 8:30 pm


Dear Ruby,
This information is a guide but I’m not able to pass judgement on your purchase.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Robert December 14th, 2016 at 9:40 am


Hi Lee

Good original article. I read lots of the earlier posts but finally stopped because there are so many.

One thing I wanted to mention is that some of the larger manufacturers will buy their gold directly from the miner at much lower than market spot prices.

Another hint to your readers is that if you want a good deal on gold jewelry (without gems), go to an auction and only bid for it based on the current spot price (based on Kt content) x the weight (in grams).
Thanks

Calla Gold December 14th, 2016 at 9:47 am


Hello Robert,
Thank you for your advice and addition to this thread. It is much appreciated.
I know nothing about the buying from gold miners. A friend of mine who placer mines on the Kern River takes his buckets of gold dust and nuggets mixed in with dirt to the same gold refiner I buy gold, and re-cycled gold from. I understand that he is paid the normal spot price less the small refining fee.
I’m pleased too that you’ve read a few of them. Yay!
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Guna December 22nd, 2016 at 3:03 am


How to calculate the cost of the gold based on design when weight is not given?

Calla Gold December 22nd, 2016 at 4:24 pm


Hello Guna,
Many pieces of jewelry do not list the weight as much of the value of the work is in the design and details. The point of this blog is to help if you have the weight data, but hopefully not to denigrate the value of the work done on the gold.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

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