A customer recently brought in a gold nugget, 9.8 grms that was made
into a tie tac some thirty years ago and would like me to use it for
making something in 14KY.
I’ve done a bit of reading and learned that many nuggets are more
valuable as they are, even up to three times their weight in karat
gold. They usually have other minerals included like tiny quartz
crystals, perhaps copper etc., so what would be the best way to
place a value on a nugget? And would it be a better idea to purchase
it for use other than melting it and alloying it?
He no longer wants it and I could offer him it’s (wholesale) value
(if I could figure that out) and use it to create a custom piece (I
would let him know I might do this) or I could have it refined. The
shape is attractive and would make an interesting piece, but I want
to do what is best for my customer, as he offered it as a partial
solution to cut costs for the project in mind.
What do you all think would be the best solution?
Thanks for your good ideas.
Mary Ann Archer