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Beautiful Ruby Necklaces

Six months ago, my younger sister married her best friend in a beautiful, church ceremony. I was one of the four bridesmaids in her wedding. The bridesmaid dresses were short and black. The shoulders and backs of the dresses were made out of black lace. Because my sister’s color scheme was red and black, she decided to purchase all of her bridesmaids a gorgeous, ruby necklace to wear with their black dresses. These sterling silver necklaces contained ruby beads and crosses made out of white topaz stones. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best kinds of ruby jewelry items to buy the bridesmaids in your upcoming wedding. Enjoy!

Beautiful Ruby Necklaces

Is Gold-Filled Or Gold-Plated Jewelry Worth Anything?

by Luis Cabrera

You  probably keep your 10K, 14K,  and 18K gold jewelry safely locked up to keep it safe. If you are lucky enough to own pure gold or 24K gold, you certainly take care to protect it from theft or loss because it has a high value. You may wonder about the less expensive gold items that you own. Is your gold-plated or gold-filled jewelry worth anything?  

Gold Plate

Although gold plated jewelry can be quite attractive, it has almost no resale value and definitely no gold value. That's because the gold plate is a very thin layer on top of another metal. So little gold is used that retrieving it would cost more than actually buying a higher level of gold. As a result, no gold dealer wants gold plate in any quantity. Of course, if you have a necklace or pin that was given to you by someone special, it certainly has emotional value and should be treasured for that reason. 

Gold Fill

In contrast, gold fill jewelry has much more value on the resale market. To be considered gold filled, your necklace or other item needs to be marked 1/20 or higher, which indicates that the item is 20% gold. Unfortunately, foreign markets do not always mark their gold fill items in the same way. A jeweler will have to assess those unmarked items for you.  Like gold plate, gold fill has gold put on top of another metal, but the amount of gold is much higher. 


Retrieving gold from these pieces of jewelry is difficult, which cuts into the price you will receive for them. However, experts estimate that you can earn between $100 to $400 per pound of these items, depending on the amount of gold in them as well as their condition. Still, if you collect them over a period of time, you can receive a nice return on some of your unwanted jewelry.

You may have believed that only your higher quality gold items had any resale value. Fortunately, that perception is not true. Those dozens of rings, necklaces, earrings, and pins that are stuffed into old jewelry boxes and containers in the attic can bring in some extra cash for you. Take a look at these items, separate them from the gold plate and higher quality gold items, and take them to a reputable jeweler (such as Sheldon Jewelers) or other gold buyers. Get several opinions before you buy, and enjoy the extra money.