A broken TV is a disaster. That’s because its value derives from its ability to display images on a screen.
However, broken jewellery isn’t such a big issue. Sure – you’d prefer it to be flawless. But people will still buy your items, even if they are broken. That’s because most of the value comes from the materials they are made of, not their functionality.
Therefore, the short answer is “yes,” you can sell broken jewellery. And you can probably get more from it than you might think.
There are many options for selling broken jewellery. By understanding them, you can make an informed decision.
Some jewellery owners opt to recycle jewellery for its precious metal content. Items are often made of gold, platinum, and rhodium, some of which are worth more than £1,000 an ounce.
Silver jewellery is significantly less valuable, though still worth melting down, particularly if you have a lot of it. Palladium is also in high demand and extremely valuable because of its industrial uses and resistance to tarnishing.
Another option is to repair broken jewellery and then sell it. The type of repair you choose depends on the damage the item incurred.
Prong repair means fixing the small metal prongs that hold gemstones in place. These elements can fatigue over time, causing gems to fall out. Jewellers re-prong by creating new prongs from the same metal and heating the connecting surface until it adheres.
Stone replacement is another repair option. Here, jewellers replace missing stones knocked out due to wear and tear.
The price of this service depends on the new gems you insert. Diamonds are the most expensive, followed by emeralds, taaffeite, and grandidierite.
You may also be able to get bracelets and necklaces re-clasped. This process involves repairing broken chain links or clasps with new ones.
Some owners choose to give their jewellery a good cleaning. Gold and other precious metals can accumulate a thin film of corrosion when they come into contact with certain chemicals, such as sulphur, making them look dull. Cleaning with the proper solution removes this layer, making the item look good as new again and ready for sale.
Lastly, you can sell your jewellery online to scrap metal sites. This way, you can get paid upfront without having to go through the hassle of getting items repaired.
Most online dealers buy your jewellery based on the weight of its precious metal content. They then smelt the metal into its components, forming it into bullion.
Selling your scrap jewellery online is easy. All you need to do is fill out a form and send your items to the correct address – that’s it.
Scrap Gold UK offers free scrap gold, silver and platinum calculators to let you know what your items are worth. Just type in the weight and carat or purity, and that’s it!
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