Things to Look For:
Examine your jewelry for the following traits -- it will help you determine whether you have a treasure worth turning into cash, or a piece that would be better gifted or donated.
Does it have a gold mark (10K, 12K, 14K, 18K, 24K, 417, 585, 750)?
Does it have a sterling silver mark (925 or 999)?
Does it have a platinum mark (900, 900PT, 950, 950PT)?
Does it have a maker's mark, initials or signature?
Does it have a story of cultural/historical significance -- for example, did it once belong to a celebrity or historical figure?
Has it been appraised and if so, do you have the appraisal paperwork? Although Jewelry rarely sells for an insurance appraisal price, buyers will pay more for a piece that has appraisal paperwork.
Is the piece in excellent condition or is there wear?
If there are gemstones, are they chipped or scratched (use a loop or magnifying glass)?