What We Buy


From the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt to modern designer jewelry, one precious metal has entranced mankind with its glistening beauty and remarkable characteristics since the dawn of time: Gold.

While ancient civilizations mistakenly attributed the mineral gold’s unique qualities to be the work of the gods, they also quickly recognized its practical abilities and longevity. Gold is the only metal that combines the four characteristics that make it the most sought-after, long lasting and favored valuable: beauty, purity, durability and workability.

Although gold in its purest form, at 24 karats, is too soft to be used for jewelry, it is typically alloyed, or combined with one or more metals or non-metals, to increase its strength and wearability. When combined with other metals, gold is transformed into its other commonly known forms such as yellow, rose, green and white gold.

The Egyptians admired gold for its brilliance and mesmerizing beauty in adorning their leaders, the Romans struck gold coins as a means of paying their enormous armies and today gold heirlooms continue to be passed down from generation to generation, all withstanding the test of time. Its natural resilience and durability (it is one of the few metals that are resistant to oxidation and rust) are what make it such a valued and treasured possession.


Gold’s resilience is undoubtedly what makes it one of the most workable precious metals. It is said that in its natural form, one ounce of gold could be hammered into a 100 square foot sheet or stretched to form a 50-mile long wire. Jewelers have long preferred gold for its ease of workmanship, as it can easily be melted and shaped to create infinite designs.

When it comes to selling your gold jewelry, there are several factors that our gold buyers will take into account when estimating your gold value.

The quality, or karat, of each piece of jewelry is the most important. Each gold item is compromised of different percentages of gold and its purity is used to determine its karats. The basic rule of thumb is that the higher the karat, the higher percentage of pure gold that the item contains, and thus the more valuable the item is. By determining the karats of your pieces, you can determine how much gold is in each of your items.

24 Karat = Pure Gold (This is normally only found in coins or gold as a currency)

18 Karat = 18/24ths or 75% Pure Gold

14 Karat = 14/25ths or 58.5% Pure Gold (The most common karat produced in the United States)

10 Karat = 10/24ths or 41.7% Pure Gold (This is the lowest karat that can be legally marked or sold in the United States)

The weight of the jewelry items is also taken into consideration. Once all of your pieces have had their karats determined, they will be weighed.

Finally, the value of your gold will be figured based on the percentage of gold in each piece, its weight and that day’s gold trading market value. Since all gold jewelry is unique, C.D. Clark & Co Gold Buyers must test and weigh it to determine its purity and assure that you’re receiving the highest price. We specialize in buying all yellow, white, rose and green gold.*

*Note: We do not buy gold-plated jewelry. Gold-plated items have a thin coating of gold around a base metal, which has a lower value than gold. Once plated, the gold cannot easily be removed, so it is of little to no value for a refiner. However, your pieces could be quite valuable to antique dealer or precious metals collector not specializing in precious metal refinery.
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