Is Gold Filled or Gold Plated Jewelry Worth Anything?

I want to sell gold filled and gold plated necklaces from the 1950s, made in Korea. I have dozens of them equaling several pounds. From Becky in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Hi Becky,

It is nearly impossible to recover any relevant amount of gold from plated items because the gold is plated so thinly that there are only a few microns of actual gold in each plated item. Furthermore, the cost to refine plated items is higher than with 10 Karat – 24 Karat gold so there is no value in refining it.

Gold filled jewelry on the other hand, may have some value. Typically, a few pieces of gold filled jewelry will not yield much return but if you have pounds, you should get some return. I suggest using the US Postal Service’s flat rate shipping boxes. They are great for shipping small, heavy items such as jewelry. Remember to request the “Delivery Signature Required” option when you ship.

Because we can not take your gold plated jewelry items, we would recommend selling them as costume jewelry on EBay or local consignment shops. Hope this helps!

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22 Responses to “Is Gold Filled or Gold Plated Jewelry Worth Anything?”

  1. yul says:

    Where I can fine a kit to goldplate thing for me self at home?

  2. lisa says:

    I have a 24k gold plated oxygen regulator. Is it worth anything?

    thanks
    Lisa

  3. sharon says:

    I have a gold filled bracelet dating back to shortly after WWI worth anything? thank you

  4. admin says:

    Hi Sharon,
    Unfortunately, one piece of gold filled jewelry would not be enough for us to offer a return back for the gold content. However, it sounds like your piece is fairly old and may have some value that is not based solely the gold value. Good Luck!

  5. Carlton says:

    I have a 10k Rose Gold rolled gold Cross pen and pencil set. Anything?

  6. admin says:

    Hi Carlton,

    Gold filled pins marked 14k/20 should indicate that the pins use 14K gold, but that only 1/20 of the items weight can be attributed to the 14K gold content. To determine the items approximate value, you should take the item’s weight and divide it by 20. You can then plug this weight into our gold value calculator to get a feel for the amount of gold in the item. Obviously, determining the weight can prove to be very challenging if the item includes other elements aside from the gold filled components.

    In addition, since there is very little gold content in these items, the time and energy to refine the precious metal from the other metals is greater than with solid gold. Given this, gold filled jewelry is typically not worth very much unless you have very large quantities of it.

    Unless you have a large amount of rolled gold (we’re talking pounds), we would not recommend sending in for refining. Instead, you may be better off selling to a resale or consignment shop or website for the set. Thanks!

    Here is some more info: http://www.precious-metal-refining.info/is-gold-filled-jewelry-worth-refining-precious-metal-refining-blog/

  7. suz says:

    I have 4 necklaces and 3 bracelets that are gold plated? Would I be able to sell them?

  8. suz says:

    I have 4 necklaces and 3 bracelets that are gold plated. Would I be able to sell them? Thanks

  9. joe says:

    i have 282.3 grams of total weight in gold rolled 18k necklaces, would this be something a smelter or refiner would work with? and if so what kind of return would i be looking at? i did the math on the approx gold content but what kind of fees are there? id assume a percentage…

  10. joe says:

    ooops, just saw your response to carlton so never mind since i dont have pounds of it..

  11. Robert-Douglas says:

    I have several items that are 24K gold plated. Are they worth anything at all? Also, I have 4 rings that are over 50 years old with 1 that has 18K, 1 with 14K, 1 with 24K. One is a Masonic ring. would these be worth anything?

  12. debbie motz says:

    I saw a vintage bracelet for sale and it shows s.o.b. 1/20 10k. the seller is saying that it’s solid gold because it doesn’t have the “gf” after it, but doesn’t 1/20 ALWAYS mean gold filled even with vintage jewery?

  13. Holly says:

    Hello! I am at my end trying to find out if a pocketwatch is worth anything or not! It is a ~1923 Illinois 19 jewel (working condition) with a Wadsworth Referee casing. Is this worth selling or should I just hold onto it? Thanks!

  14. damon says:

    I have a 18kt 750 white gold rolex band it weighs 67 grams I got it tested they scratched it on a stone and but some acid or something on it it came out perfectly further. Evaluation says it has some sort of plate in it but they said it was Verry heavy plated is it worth anything

  15. paul says:

    hi there i have a chanel watch that says plaque or G 20m 18k gold swiss made the watch is called a “Chanel paris premier” is this watch worth anything at all

  16. Brandon Benedict says:

    I have a 14k gold plated necklace that is in great shape. Is it actually worth anything?

  17. admin says:

    Hi Brandon,

    Unfortunately we cannot give a return on one gold plated necklace. Gold plate for that matter has very little gold to refine. Gold filled or rolled gold is manufactured with more that we are able to process large volumes of this material, but not gold plate. Thank you for your question.

    -Arch

  18. Ethan says:

    I have just over a pound of 14k gold filled rings ect, ad half a pound ok 18k any idea if its worth sending in?

  19. Sam says:

    24 Kt gold plated worth anything

  20. admin says:

    Hi Sam,

    Unfortunately gold plate is not worth anything for the gold plate material itself.

    Unless the material under the gold plate is sterling silver or some other valuable/precious metal, we will probably not be able to refine your item.

    Thanks for the question Sam!

  21. admin says:

    Hi Sam — Thank you for your question. Gold plate material is unfortunately not worth anything to us for the precious metal value. UNLESS the metal that is under the plate is sterling silver (which is normally not the case).

    Best,
    -Arch

  22. admin says:

    Hi Ethan, Thank you for your question. For gold filled material we recommending having no less than 10 pounds of material before we can process it. Then it would be worth sending it in. As the price of gold is constantly changing, this may not always be the case, but in today’s market that is our minimum for this material.

    Best,
    -Arch

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