I found a womans ring some years ago at the beach I used to go to near Santa Monica. I can tell that the band is definately gold, probably something like a 14k or maybe an 18k but its been so long since I took it out of my desk drawer that I cant really read any of the wholeseal marks and I dont have a loupe to look closer.
Denverappraiser, I'm still a student so money is tight. Do appraisals tend to run high or can I just drop into places and have them take a 5 second peek at the stones? What would your suggestions be for selling it if its worth anything? (3 princess cut stones ((diamond or zircon?)) in a setting of 18k or 14k yellow gold) Should I just go to a pawn shop or can you suggest someone who buys these things? My biggest fear is getting ripped off.
Appraisers, like most people, want to be paid for their labor and the smart ones won’t give an unconsidered opinion on a piece. There are complicated issues the go into doing a proper appraisal and there are liability concerns for the appraisers who do as you are asking. That said, pawn shops will usually give free estimates of what they are willing to pay for a piece and depending on where you live there may be other types of buyers as well. Collecting a few of these free bids may give you some good clues about what you have. Buyers sometimes advertise in the yellow pages and the classified section of the newspaper. As I recall, there’s a ‘jewelry classifieds’ section on this site that may bring some interest.