Category Archives: Gold

Information on refining gold items.

How Much Gold Are In Gold Teeth & Bridges?

Q: What can I do with gold teeth and bridges? How much gold is in these items? – From Lily in Houston, TX


Sell Gold Teeth

A: Thank you for your inquiry.  Determining the value of gold teeth and bridges can be very challenging because dental gold is often alloyed with many different metals. Over the years, we have received dental gold that ranged from 5 to 15 karats.  Since the grade of the gold significantly affects the value of the items, we often have to run the items through testing equipment to determine the precious metal content percentages.  It can also be difficult to determine the exact weight of items as they often have parts of the tooth and other dental material still attached to them. Due to these factors and the more challenging refining process associated with dental gold, we usually pay between 80-85% on the fine gold content depending on the amount one sends in to be refined. For smaller shipments the payout percentage may not be as high.

If you have 1.5 ounces or more of dental scrap and would like to send in what you have, we will email you the results of the value and content of gold before processing. Then, with customers consent, we will process and send you your payment.

Thank you for your question. We hope that you will consider Arch for refining your dental scrap.

* Blog estimates are given on a case by case basis and are not Arch’s final settlement price. Any prices or estimates in blog articles are based on the precious metal prices at the time of the post and can change on a daily basis as the price of precious metals change.

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Happy Fall Y’All

Happy first day of fall everyone! Makes us think of the Gold Canadian Maple Leaf. Have any of these laying around? We refine gold coins: )

happy fall


Gold Recovery from a Gemstone Ring

“I was recently given a gold gemstone ring and am looking to sell it. Is it possible for you to remove the gem and buy the gold? If so, how much can I expect to get from the ring or is it better to just sell the ring as is?”

Thanks, Shelly – Houston, Texas.

Hi Shelly,

First off thank you for your question. As a gold refining company, we do not remove gems or diamonds from jewelry as a standard. However, Arch is equipped for gold recovery after a gem has been removed, but we will need the rings weight in order to establish a proper estimate. Once we have that information, we use the following payout schedule to determine the amount of money you will receive in return for your gold jewelry.

  • 70% if customers send in less than 0.5 fine ounces.
  • 80% if customers send in less than 1 fine ounce.
  • 85% if customers send in less than 2 fine ounces.
  • 90% if customers send in more than 2 fine ounces.
  • More than 90%, based on frequency and volume of shipments.


Another aspect we consider with gold recovery is the number of karats the jewelry is comprised of. Based on its karat, we can determine its purity and overall worth in order to give you a proper estimate for its value. For more information on Karat options, visit our website about gold jewelry. If you would like to get your ring appraised as is, we recommend contacting your local jeweler.

If you know the weight of the ring (without the gem) and the karat of the gold. Find the daily price of gold, and use our gold calculator to find the market value of the gold.

We find that in cases like class rings or old jewelry (but not considered an antique) the gold value can be worth more than the resale value of the ring as a whole. Our recommendation is to see if you can sell the gem as is once it is removed. Or even reusing the gem for a new piece is a common practice. If you think you have an antique or rare type of ring, get it appraised as is.

We appreciate your inquiry and hope this helps with determining the best option for your gold ring. Should you decide to sell us your gold, here is our packing slip.

Thank you!

*Images displayed are only a representation of the items described in this blog post and may not be true images of the items in question.

While we are happy to give estimates on precious metal items, we are NOT antiques dealers, researchers, or retail sellers. As a precious metal refiner, we only consider the weight and amount of precious metal available to extract during the smelting and refining process.

White Gold vs. Yellow Gold

“I have a White Gold necklace I am looking to sell, what will I get in terms of price because it’s White Gold instead of regular Gold? Thanks from Clay in Detroit, MI.”


Hi Clay,

Thanks for the inquiry! White gold can be refined in the same process that yellow (“regular”) gold. In fact, white gold holds the same amount of gold ratio that yellow gold jewelry and products contain. The primary difference has to do with the composition of the other materials that are mixed with the gold, called alloys. White gold will typically contain either silver or palladium metals, which accounts for the “white” coloring, whereas yellow gold contains either copper or zinc as its alloys.

US/karats % of Gold
24 99.84%
22 91.52%
18 74.88%
15 62.40%
14 58.24%
10 41.60%
9 37.44%

Pictured is a chart that can be used to evaluate the gold content of items we will refine. Depending on the amount of karats your necklace is, we can give you an estimate of what the refined gold would be worth.

Our payout schedule on gold depends on the purity and amount that you have. We pay 70% of the gold value back to you if you have less than 0.5 fine ounces.

Visit our website to learn more information about Gold Refining and about the types of gold items we refine and recover.

If you decide to sell your white gold necklace, please refer to our Packing Slip.

Thanks for your question Clay!

*Images displayed are only a representation of the items described in this blog post and may not be true images of the items in question.

Sell Scrap Gold & Silver Jewelry Direct to the Refiner!

Needing some extra income before the holidays?

Clean out those old jewelry boxes and let us know if you have any scrap gold or silver jewelry to sell. You will never find the match to that gold earring that you have been holding on to and that gold necklace won’t fix itself! Turn these things that are just collecting dust into holiday smiles!

Contact us and let us know if we can help.