When I stopped by a local jewelry shop to see about a band for our daughter's fiance, I was told that it would be much cheaper if I brought in the gold. Naively, I asked where I was supposed to get the gold. From your old jewelry, the gal replied.
Fantastic! I remembered Sarah and her success selling her old jewelry some time back, so I began digging up whatever looked gold to offer for the wedding band.
When our daughter and her fiance accompanied me and my collection of assorted rings and a college charm, the owner told me I could get a lot more for the gold if I just sold it. And then she asked if using our gold for our new son's band was for sentimental reasons. Very definitely.
The band is beautiful (and 1/4 of the cost of a new one), and there were two ring bands left over. I'm holding onto them and a few other things to see if our son might be interested in doing something similar when he finds his perfect mate. He liked the idea.
Meanwhile, I dug through more old jewelry and some coins and shipped off a batch to Gold Stash today. I found an advertisement that they'd add $100 to a batch worth $250, and a representative emailed with a coupon worth another 10% 'extra' if I mailed it off today.
I have no idea of the value of my treasures, but whatever it is, it's more than I had before I dropped it into the FedEx box.
I'll report when I hear something!