September 04, 2020 3 min read
Garcia & Co. Jewelers in Farmington, NM has been the Four Corners' largest and most trusted buyer of gold, silver, platinum, and estate jewelry and watches for over 30 years.
We buy everything from gold nuggets to Rolex watches, and we are happy to give you a friendly, no-pressure, no-obligation offer on your items as well.
Some of the most common questions we answer every day are about what exactly we will or won't buy. That's what this article is all about.
First, we buy precious metals (gold, sterling silver, platinum). We weigh the item, examine its quality, and pay you according to current market prices.
We buy "solid" gold, which means that the entire piece if made up of gold rather than being plated, filled, rolled, etc, and typically of 10 karat purity or more.
If you are not sure what the item you want to sell is made of, we are happy to take a look and help you understand the quality of your item.
If you want to examine the item yourself, here are some things to look for:
Jewelry and coins typically have a quality marking of some kind telling you what the item is made of. With jewelry, you often need to look closely or use magnification to read engraved quality marks, but you may be able to see it with your naked eye.
If a piece is made of solid gold, it will be usually be marked 10k, 14k, or 18k.
If it is plated (not solid), there will usually be extra letters that come with the carat quality mark, such as "14k G.P." with the "G.P." signifying "gold plate". In this case, the item is made of some kind of base metal with a thin coating of gold over the top.
Other marks you may see include "G.E." or "G.E.P." signifying "gold electroplate," or "G.F." signifying "gold filled".
Any of these additional markings mean that the item is not made of solid gold, and it's not something we are able to buy.
We are currently buying solid gold of any karat, even jewelry that is broken or unwearable. Bring your gold by to receive a no-obligation offer.
As a general rule, platinum is less common and almost always clearly marked "PLAT" or "PT". Platinum often has a number with it as well, such as "950", which indicates its level of purity out of 1000.
We are currently buying platinum.
Like platinum, silver's purity is measured on a scale of 1000, and any silver with a purity of 925 parts silver out of 1000 is considered "sterling". If a piece of jewelry is marked "SILVER", "STERLING", or "925", that means it is sterling quality and is something we would purchase.
We are currently buying sterling silver.
As the Four Corners' most trusted diamond dealer, we also purchase diamonds.
We are typically looking for natural diamonds (not synthetic or lab created) of a half carat or larger.
If you are not sure what size or quality of stone you have, we are happy to examine your item to help you understand what you own and, if you choose, make you a no-pressure offer.
We will examine your stone under magnification and we can even test your stone to see if it is genuine, natural diamond.
As the Four Corners' largest estate jewelry buyer, we are always on the lookout for exceptional items to resell in our Garcia Estate Jewelry Collection.
All estate jewelry is evaluated on a case by case basis, as the item must not only be high quality and in good condition, but must also be a good fit for our store and customers' tastes.
We also buy fine Swiss watches such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Jaeger LeCoultre, and Ulysse Nardin, as well as vintage and pocket watches.
We are happy to give you a no-obligation, no-pressure evaluation of any items you want to sell.
We do need to see the items in person. We cannot give you an accurate evaluation or make you an offer based on photos or information given over the phone.
Simply bring your items to Garcia & Co. Jewelers in Farmington, NM, or text us to schedule an appointment at 505-326-7353.
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