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Scrap Your Gold And Silver And Get Free Money!


There are so many old Gold and Silver bracelets, rings and necklaces laying broken in your house, piling up over the years, until you don't even remember buying them. Well, take them out and get yourself some FREE MONEY! Yep, you heard me. Now listen to what I have got to say!

There are many ways to sell your silver and gold jewellery for scrap. You can take it too a scrap metal dealer or you can sell it to the enormous amount of companies who have jumped on the band wagon in these days of recession, and set up loads of online sites to try to make you part with your earrings, watches bracelets and rings. But which is the best way to do it? And how do you trust the companies involved? It's your money. It's also your investment. So what do you do?

Here we will look at the various options that can give you the most money for your gold and silver, and more importantly, see what is best for you.

We want to make sure the items that were given you as gifts or that you earned with your own hard work, will give you the best return that you can.

In a nutshell, you want to make some money.



Before You Sell Your Gold And Silver For Cash.

Recently on TV. There have been a lot of Adverts stating that if you send this firm or that firm your gold and silver, they will exchange it for cash. What does this mean? And more importantly, what is in the whole deal for them?

Obviously the companies in question are going to want to earn something from the deal. They are not doing it as a favour for you. So therefore there must be money, in fact quite a lot of money, within the circle of buying and selling.

For example. You send them your gold and silver jewellery. The company then will sort it out into the various Carats, weigh it up and then pass it on to someone else. They get paid, then they pay you.

What's wrong with this option? Well, nothing. but do you really want someone else doing the job that you are quite capable of, albeit that you may have to learn a little about the process? No, I didn't think so.

A Little Bit Of Learning Goes A Long Way.

So what do you need to learn about selling gold and silver. Well for a start there is the knowledge about how to tell how pure the gold and silver is. This is measured in what we call Carats. Or as they spell it in the States and Canada, Karats.

Gold Carats.

A Carat is a measure of the purity of gold alloys.

24 Carat gold is 99% pure. 22C is 91%. 21C is 87%. 20C is 83%. 18C is 75%. 15C is 62%. 14C is 58%. 10C is 41%. 9C is 37%. 8C is 33%. And last is the 1C which equals 4%.

So you can see there is quite a lot of difference.


I stated above the fact that gold and silver where measured in Carats. This was to explain that each metal has a particular marking that proved it's worth. Old silver was measured in the same way as gold, i.e. Carats. Now the system has changed over the last hundred years or so, and Silver is now measured in something called the millesimal system. I am sure that you will recognise it.

Fineness Common name Purity Weight.

999 Fine or Pure Silver 99.9

958 Brittania 95.8

925 Sterling Silver 92.5

800 Jewellery Silver 80

You can usually tell Pure Silver by the fact that it is very soft. There is an alloy added to make it durable for jewellery. The alloy is usually Copper, and sometimes Sterling Silver is added which has even more Copper put in it.

So you can see how easy it is for a Scrap Metal Dealer to see instantly how much it is worth, and measure it accordingly.

Your Choice But Be Careful.

In these days of fast buying and even faster selling, the gold and silver online companies, or TV adverts suggesting you send them your jewellery, are relying on the fact that you are so busy in your everyday life, it will be easier for you to send it to them to sort out. And they may be right. So what if they earn a bit of money out of it, they are doing the job for you. That's why I am giving you the option here to decide what is best for you.

If you decide that you want to sell your gold and silver through a company, there are many online that will do the deal for you. Please make sure that they company is a genuine one and has proof of delivery. The trouble is that in this day and age, anybody can jump on the bandwagon, and you can easily be conned by an unscrupulous dealer or firm. There is nothing to stop them advertising, Gold and Silver for Cash! and then getting your jewellery and not sending you the money.

Whilst researching this I came across a forum that was set up for just this sort of thing, and the one thing that they all had in common was the fact that, after handing over lots of gold and silver jewellery, they were receiving up to 600 pounds or dollars LESS than if they had just learned a little bit about it and taken it to a Scrap Dealer themselves! That's a lot of money!

 Buying Gold And Silver For Cash!





And so on and so forth. I think you get the idea. These are just a few of the sites mentioned. I have no idea whether they give good value or not, so it is up to you to find the best. But Before you do, I have just one more thing to add.

Handy Tools For Breaking Up Your Old Jewellery.


This is probably the most important part of this article! Making sure that you know your stuff! What's the point in sending off your lovely jewellery to someone else, and trusting them to send you loads of cash if you have no idea what the price is on the Scrap Market value? So I have given you the most up to date list at the moment. It does change, and the value drops but also goes up, but the general term of things, this list is the most relevant at the moment. Obviously take into consideration different countries and different markets.

Prices per Gram.

Gold Per Gram £9.26-$14.26

Silver Per Gram £0.30-$0.46

50 Grams = 1.76 oz

So know you know the prices, why bother sending your gold and silver to a company that will sell it for you?

So what should I do?

Make sure you buy yourself a set of scales. I am not talking about the ones that you stand on! Oh no, I am talking about the small scales that you set on the table. You can buy the old fashioned balancing scales or the modern electronic ones. Obviously the best will be the electronic scales. They will be more accurate.

Do remove any plastic or non gold or silver from the jewellery before you take it to the scrap dealer, for two reasons. The first being that if he has to do the job himself he will give you a lower price. And second, you must always make sure that you put all the right gold and silver together.

For example. 24 Carat gold should only be mixed with 24 Carat gold. Never mix them up it will be regarded as second grade, and your money will be half of what you expected. make sure it is pure 24C or 18C. The same with the silver.

Then just bag it up, and drive to your nearest scrap dealer. Simple.

And then:


Well, maybe not nothing, but let's face it, what else were you going to do with that broken gold necklace? Or the silver bracelet that was laying in the drawer for ten years? Huh? Well?

Answer me!

Yes, you have got it!

So get looking, you never know what you will find!

Do It Yourself!

So, just a final word here. Do you want someone else to have your money? no? Then make sure that you DO IT YOURSELF! Take it to the scrap yard and get your own money. If you are not sure about how much it is worth, or you don't know how to weigh it properly, why not ask your local Jewellers to weigh it for you? I am sure they would be pleased to help you. And in fact some of them may even buy the scrap metal gold and silver off of you!

So, Good Luck!


Nell Rose (author) from England on March 19, 2012:

Thanks Silver Bullion, yes don't worry about feeling guilty selling them! lol! good luck, and thanks for commenting, I will take a look at your link too, thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 06, 2012:

Hi, emily, lol! go on, you know you want too! haha! glad you liked it, and thanks!

emilybee on March 06, 2012:

I should do this, I have rings and things from old friends and boyfriends but I feel weird selling them! It would be awfully nice of them to help me pay bills with their valuables though :) Thanks for sharing!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2011:

Thanks GoldCoinNet, great advice, I always sell mine to a scrap dealer, but if this isn't viable then your advice is a great idea, thanks nell

GoldCoinNet from Utah on October 11, 2011:

Very nice info but you have to be very careful when choosing what website to go to to sell your gold. Its always best to talk to a professional on the phone first and then decide what is best for you. Choose a place that dont want to sell you gold, only information!


Nell Rose (author) from England on October 09, 2011:

Hi, lyric, yes Gold keeps going up and up, wish I had some! lol what happened in 2002? thanks nell

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on October 08, 2011:

Well done Nell. You have my vote. And for the price of gold now, you can get some good case. Sure wish I knew that was going to happen back in 2002.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 05, 2011:

Hi, thanks for all your comments, it does come in handy when you are broke! I must admit I never thought of scrapping dental gold! I put mine in a shop near me, as he is very fair, its best to check around to see who will pay the most, thanks nell

Laura Deibel from Aurora, CO on September 05, 2011:

I would certainly call these shops and ask what percentage of market price they are paying. Market price is listed online or in the newspaper.

These prices fluctuate day by day, but the metals generally rocket up in price when the economy is bad.

You can also scrap dental gold.

Mark from Alabama,USA on September 04, 2011:

Good hub wit a lot of useful info, voted up

Mary Craig from New York on September 04, 2011:

Good job and timely too! Voted useful. Of course you have to have old gold laying around to start this whole process!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on September 04, 2011:

Very informative. I've sold jewelry and I only deal with jewelry stores. I've always received good rates and they are willing to negotiate and work with you on prices. I have never trusted the send in companies or the little huts going up on street corners. In my estimation it is best to stick to a jewelry store.

kerry11 on September 04, 2011:

very informative! thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 25, 2011:

Hi, raj, thanks so much again for reading, cheers nell

rajaramravi on June 24, 2011:

This is a useful hub for ladies and gents who are interested in gold and silver and what to do with their old one.Thank you

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 23, 2011:

Hi, Armil thanks for reading it, and the great ideas, cheers nell

Armil @ gold and silver bullion on March 22, 2011:

If you want your collection of gold may offer thoughtful gifts for special occasions like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, etc. for their loved ones. For example, a bar gold can be a unique birthday gift if you have a happy birthday greeting. Similarly, for example for a wedding anniversary, you can select the gold with the year of the wedding.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 08, 2011:

Hi, scheng, I totally understand what you mean, if it is possible, then save it until it is really needed, thanks so much for reading it, cheers nell

scheng1 on January 07, 2011:

The problem is finding the right time to sell. It is very heartbreaking to sell away the gold and silver, and find the price double a couple of years later.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 28, 2010:

Hi Lilly, thanks for coming back, I have just been over to read your hub. Migraines are a nightmare, I had cystitis ouch! I had a kidney op years ago, and get a lot of bladder infections, not nice! but we soldier on! lol thanks again nell

Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on December 28, 2010:

Sorry you were sick. I had a deadly migraine for over a month, probably burning my brain on HMTL, got way behind on reading and responding. Understand. We may be Superwomen, just not everyday... :0)

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 28, 2010:

Hi, Lilly, sorry it took so long to answer, I was ill yesterday, I would never send it off to someone to give me their idea of how much it is worth, it is much better to take it yourself, thanks so much, cheers nell

Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on December 26, 2010:

Thank you for this very informative Hub. I cannot believe people would drop precious metal into an envelope and trust that they will be treated with fairness, I learned a lot today

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 05, 2010:

Hi, dinesh, thanks for commenting, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

dinesh8252 on December 05, 2010:

hi this is very useful to me

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 29, 2010:

Hi, sherrylou, thanks for reading it, and your lovely comment, cheers nell

sherrylou57 from Riverside on November 27, 2010:

Hello Neil Rose, I like your hub. Lots of information, Thank you

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 28, 2010:

Hi, john, I wish I could get some gold nuggets! wow! lol it does seem that we all want to hang onto our gold, I can't say I blame them! thanks for reading it, cheers nell

John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona on October 28, 2010:

Hello Nell,

I prospect a bit in Arizona (USA) and have sold small gold nuggets on Ebay. You get a good price, as shoppers there are informed and the auction runs the price up a bit. Though, most of your readers seem to want to hold on to theirs, and who can blame them? LOL

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 21, 2010:

Hi, Jenny, ha ha I'll come with you, I could do with finding some gold! cheers nell

Jenny Calender on October 21, 2010:

Just got a metal detector, so ready to go here! Charge!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 14, 2010:

Hi, ellacor, thanks for commenting, cheers nell

ellacor on October 14, 2010:

Great info. Thanks.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 13, 2010:

Hi, zack thanks for stopping by, I quite agree, I always take my scrap to a scrap yard, I would never send it of to a commercial firm, thanks again nell

Zack 14 on October 13, 2010:

Very informative. Why don't we do it ourselves? Its just the same process but with more money. Not exactly free money but absolutely more.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2010:

Hi, Rachello, thanks for reading it, I quite agree with you, it is best to keep the ones dear to your heart, this is just to show that if you do need any financial help then it is one way to get some quick money, but I do understand what you mean, thanks so much nell

Hi, Mikey, thanks for reading it I do sell some things quite often, it is a great way of getting a little if in need, cheers nell

Hi, Parkersarah, thanks so much again, I really appreciate it, cheers nell

Hi, home, I am glad you found it helpful, thanks so much nell

homeopathicacne from US, New York on October 12, 2010:

helpful article. i will try this method

parkersarah8415 from USA on October 12, 2010:

How cool. This is another useful hub of yours.

Mikeydoes from Fl,IL,IND on October 12, 2010:

Very nicely done. It is important that you do it yourself, like you said.

RachelloAmando from New York on October 11, 2010:

It is not easy to sell these things since they are also our memories.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 11, 2010:

Hi, Downtrodden, what a nightmare, but you managed to pull yourself up and get work pretty quickly, well done, I live in a small town and I got made redundant a few months back, and I am living from one temp job to another, it's driving me crazy! but hopefully I will get there soon and find a good job, cheers nell

DowntroddenInDC from Houston, TX on October 10, 2010:

Thanks Nell. It helped me find my current job. I mean, my job until I got a job was applying for positions 8-10 hours a day. Writing cover letters, tweaking resumes for each position.

Now, I voluntarily become unemployed (to move to be closer to my in-laws, HER family..) and it was nerve-racking even when I was in full control of my last day, saving money, etc.

Took be just under two months to move from DC to Houston and become fully employed (I had no prospects or contacts when we left DC for Houston). I hope it's just as easy for everyone else out there! I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemies.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 10, 2010:

Hi, If this helps someone to get a job then good luck!

DowntroddenInDC from Houston, TX on October 10, 2010:

I was looking for a job back in May, after we moved from DC to Houston. I was having a very hard time keeping track of where I had applied. I literally applied to hundreds of jobs. With all my spare time, I put together a simple website with all the landing pages of the open positions at well over 200 companies nationwide.

For those of you out there, looking for a job. Here's the website:


I'm looking for suggestions to expand the list as well, so please let me know!

Good Luck!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 29, 2010:

Hi, Kris, thanks for reading it, I have taken quite a few bits and pieces to the scrap yard and it certainly does help with the money when you are broke, I had never heard of that at a dental office! wow! lol cheers nell

Kris Britton on September 29, 2010:

I have always wanted to know if this really works! I have a ton of old gold from ex boyfriends that I could sell!

I used to work at a dental office and people would come in for old gold crowns to get money for them ;)

Great article!


Nell Rose (author) from England on September 25, 2010:

Hi, thekittyhut, yes I quite agree with you, that's why I always take it myself to the scrap yard, or as you said a jewellery shop, thanks so much for reading it, cheers nell

Hi, Laura, glad you liked it, and thanks for your comment, cheers nell

Laura45 from Pennsylvania, USA on September 25, 2010:

Thanks for this informative article. The local jeweler in my area is known to offer good prices, but nice to know about the scrap yard alternative too.

thekittyhut on September 24, 2010:

You get more money selling your gold to a local Jewelry shop or a pawn shop rather than the cash 4 gold scams on T.V.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 24, 2010:

Hi, jcales, thanks for reading it, and the added info, cheers nell

jcales on September 24, 2010:

gold is a mainstay for holding its value over a long period of time.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 21, 2010:

Hi, trimar7, thanks for commenting, you are right of course, some dealers do try and lower the price, so it is a good idea to ring around first, thanks for the added info, much appreciated, cheers nell

trimar7 from New York on September 21, 2010:

Check around before you sell. Ensure you are getting the best price for your gold from a reputable dealer.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 21, 2010:

Hi, Minnesota, thanks for reading it, it's a shame that you haven't got a scrap yard near you, but there are the other options above, like sending your gold and silver away to be processed, thanks again nell

Minnesota on September 21, 2010:

Interesting idea, although I don't think that's really feasable where I live. :(

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 20, 2010:

Hi, MPG that's a great idea, I wish we had something like that around here, maybe there is in the next town to me, scrap dealers were just one of the options that I had thought of, so this is great, thanks, cheers nell

Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on September 20, 2010:

Hi Nell, I did this at a local shopping centre and they gave me the money there and then. I had quite a bit of gold lying around which needed fixing, it was worth taking it to them. They are called goldbuyers or something like that. If you find a reputable one it is a good idea. Unfortunately I spent most of the cash in the shopping centre anyway!! Oh well, easy come, easy go.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 19, 2010:

Hi, Tim thanks for the info, I had never even thought of a real refinery, I was thinking only really about scrap gold and silver as in tiny broken pieces etc, but thanks, any information is great, cheers nell

Tim_511 from Huntington, WV on September 19, 2010:

Nice hub. I wouldn't take gold or silver to scrap dealers, though. You can get more selling it at a yard sale than many pawn shops and scrap dealers will give you. If you actually have enough to sell, send it to a real refinery. A good refiner will give more than 90% of the spot gold or silver price. Most dealers will give less than 1/3 of spot.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 19, 2010:

Greg I did answer you comment, even though you were insulting, and I posted it here. Then I decided that actually, like in real life, I would not listen to someone who thinks they know it all, and are insulting. so I deleted. Instead of insulting my work, why didn't you just give me suggestions on how to improve this hub, and write it in a nice polite way. I would have appreciated the imput. thank you

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 17, 2010:

Hi, Lifedancer, ha ha thanks okay for the promoting, I don't mind. I am lucky because I have a very good friend who is a scrap metal dealer, he has his own yard, so we always take it to him! how lucky is that? I have even had some of my relatives go and work there for a time. thanks so much for the comment, cheers nell

lifedancer from California on September 17, 2010:

Thanks for raising people's awareness. The best way to sell is to sell privately, if the jewelry is still usable. You have to search for metal smelters and scrap dealers on the net or phone book. Jewelry stores and those TV buyers will give you about 1/2 what the metal is worth. Don't fall for the advertising!. My new book, "Enhanced, Plated, Irradiated and Lab Created", is available from WWW. PayLoadz.com as a download for $12. Don't buy fine jewelry without reading the "insider info" in it. Sorry, I'm so shamelessly promoting the book, but it's self-published.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 17, 2010:

Hi, Csjun89, you are probably right, it does seem that gold and silver prices are going up, I think I will try that, thanks so much nell

Hi, buzzraid, if you can hold on long enough to your gold and silver it seems it is well worth the effort, obviously if you are broke now, then it is a good idea to scrap it, it all depends on the individual, thanks nell

buzzraid from Worldwide on September 17, 2010:

I agree right now is the time to cash in on any gold and silver as many finance experts are saying that Gold is rising so high that the bubble could possibly burst within a year or so.

Csjun89 on September 17, 2010:

These days though, I would use the money taken out from the scrap, and reinvest it straight into gold and silver bullion. They seem to have only one direction these days!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 16, 2010:

Hi, BKCreative, thanks for reading it, that was great! I am so glad you got the right price, that's the trouble with the TV ones, they will take too much out of your earnings, if you take it to a scrap dealer yourself you will get a much better price, thanks nell

Hi, Cliff, you never know, all those screws and bits and pieces may be worth something! lol thanks so much nell

Hi, Polly, exactly, that's why I say I would never do that, if you are there in front of the scrap man, you can argue a good price! thanks again nell

Hi, Springboard, yes you are right, it is a bit wobbly at the moment to buy it, but if you want to sell, it will be a good time to go and do it, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

Springboard from Wisconsin on September 16, 2010:

This is definitely a current trend which has a lot of steam yet. More and more buyers of scrap gold are cropping up all over the place. It's part of the reason I think, as it stands right now, investing in gold is a bit of a high risk (we're getting into bubble-like territory here), but a great opportunity for someone who wants to sell it.

Pollyannalana from US on September 16, 2010:

My brother-in-law asked me about the TV thing and I advised him against it, I would not trust them at all!

killrats from Cape town South Africa on September 15, 2010:

Hi Nell,

New to your hubs and I like.

Like Quill, I am a horder but no gold or silver, just all the things I think I might need one day, from screws to bits of plank and wire.

Have a great sun shine day,


Cliff ( killrats)

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on September 15, 2010:

I really got good money for scrap gold - shocked me. Stuff that I'd never use. I sold to a man who owns a business in the community - so I would know where to find him - and he gave me the best prices ever.

I'd like to invest again in gold coins or ingots or such for my future grandchild. I'm watching prices.

Thanks for the hub. May as well turn what you don't need and can't use into cash - which we can use!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 15, 2010:

Hi, prasetio, thank you so much, yes it is a good way to get extra money, especially when we need that little bit more for bills etc, and we all seem to have some broken jewellery around the house, thanks again nell

Hi, Sa'ge, thanks again, if it helps even one person to earn a bit more money then it is a great way of doing it, we always seem to have broken rings or bracelets, instead of throwing them away, just scrap them! cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 15, 2010:

Hi, Micky, maybe you should get a gold bike with gold wheels! lol that would be worth a lot! thanks as usual, I really appreciate it, cheers nell

Hi, Quill, that sounds so adventurous! I would love to go looking for gold nuggets! fantastic,and I think Mrs Quill would love that, thanks so much nell

Sa`ge from Barefoot Island on September 14, 2010:

nell, this is a great hub, thanks for this one, it is so useful and you saved so many some money or should I say earned so many more then they would have earned. This is truly an across the board hub.. :D ~aloha girl~

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 14, 2010:

I know that gold is type of long term investment. It sound legitimate company who want to receive our gold or silver. I learn much from this hub and I believe this hub useful for us as an alternative to get money. Thank you very much. Vote up as usual.


"Quill" on September 14, 2010:

Guess I have become an old horde... I still have the first gold nugget I found in the Yukon along with some extra I have collected over the years. Maybe someday turn it into something nice for Mrs. Quill.

Hugs and Blessings

Micky Dee on September 14, 2010:

I have all my money invested in bicycle parts.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 14, 2010:

Hi, Enlydia, lol that's really funny, I don't blame you! go for it and get some money! but remember to do it yourself, don't send it to one of those companies! good luck, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 14, 2010:

Hi, Audrey, thanks for reading it, that's why we always take it in to the scrap yard ourselves, it is much easier! and lot's of money! yeah! lol thanks again nell

Hi, SilverGenes, that's a great idea! I will sew a few coins and silver objects inside my coat! that's the trouble these days, people on TV always see a market, and try and con you, that's why I say do it yourself! that will have them! ha ha cheers nell

Hi, Hello Hello, this is the price if you take it to your scrap yard yourself, but if you send it away, you will get about half that it is worth! amazing isn't it? that's why I won't send it to any of those companies, thanks again for reading it, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 14, 2010:

Hi, Dolores, thanks for reading it, that's why I said never send it to a company to do it for you, just weigh it up, put it in bags and take it to the scrap yard yourself. it is just the normal scrap yard that deals in all metal, so even if you have a lot of gold or silver, they will give you the proper price, without anybody doing it for you, great if you have got any jewellery, but like me, well, I haven't ha ha , cheers nell

Hi, Polly, if it has turned green, then it is probably copper and not gold or silver. gold will never loose it's colour and silver may go a bit dull but will polish up nicely, but that's okay, if it is copper, save it up and take that to the scrap yard too! cheers nell

Hi, CMHypno, wow that was when police were, well police! lol it is amazing though how much you can earn from scrap metal of any sort. but only if you do it yourself! make sure you take it too the scrap yard, and then you might be very surprised! thanks nell

Hi, saddlerider, I quite agree with you, that's why it's best to send it to the scrap yard. or if you have a jeweller in your town, get him to weigh it up first! I forgot to say that, better go back up and add it! lol thanks so much nell

Hello, hello, from London, UK on September 14, 2010:

But how to find these repurtable companies? I would like to sell a few things and good very well do with the money. These prices are they the market price of buying price?

SilverGenes on September 14, 2010:

I guess the first thing that struck me in these commercials was the assumption that any gold or silver I had 'just lying around' was trash and that I could exchange it for real spendable paper money! LOL. Years ago, Irish girls had skirts with sterling silver spoons sewn into them so the young woman would always have money no matter what befell her. They can keep the cash - I like the spoon idea. Very well researched hub and one that is very timely! Rated UP.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on September 14, 2010:

Definitely make sure it is a reputable company because I've heard horror stories. Great piece, Nellie!

saddlerider1 on September 14, 2010:

I have been watching all these gold shylocks springing up all over the place on t.v.and online ads. Why would anyone in their right mind place all their gold, silver and diamonds in a self addressed envelope and send it off with no knowledge that they will ever see a dime.

I guess they want to play the numbers game and know for a fact that many people will be that trusting and stupid to send it to them and kiss it goodbye or if they are legal, maybe get a pittance back of the real value.

I have gold and silver but if I was going to sell it, I would make sure I find a reputable company that I would bring it to myself and have them in front of me weight it and tell me up front what they will pay me in cash for it, if it's not to my liking I will continue to shop.

I would never send valuables in a self addressed envelope to any money hungry shylock who mainly prays on the desperate, weak and elderly. Great hub Nell, I rate it up.

EnLydia Listener on September 14, 2010:

You have got me thinking...not that I have much, but I have a watch and a necklace...I just might check it out....the boyfriend was a jerk, so I wouldn't mind it being melted down...

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on September 14, 2010:

Wish I did have lots of gold and silver jewelry lying around waiting to be scrapped Nell! Many years ago the flat I was living in was burgled twice in a short period of time, and none of my jewelry was taken either times. The same policeman attended both burglaries (see how many years ago this was!) and said to me on the second occasion 'You know, for a pretty girl, you've been going out with the wrong kind of men!'

Interesting Hub, especially if people are a bit strapped for cash.

Pollyannalana from US on September 13, 2010:

But what is it has all turned green?

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on September 13, 2010:

I've always wondered about those TV commercials where they tell you to dump your jewelry into a baggie and just send it to them. I can't imagine doing that without some background info. If I had any to send them, haha.

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