How much is scrap gold worth UK?


If you have a gold necklace, watch, or ring sitting in your jewellery box for years, it may be time to take them out and get some cash. Some of my favourite customers are people who have inherited valuables from their grandparents but don’t know what they’re worth. In this post, we’ll walk through how to find out how much your scrap gold is worth in the UK so that you can start working through options for selling it.

What is the value of scrap gold?

The value of scrap gold is determined by its purity and weight. The higher the purity, the more money you will get for scrap gold. For example, if your scrap gold has a purity of 99%, it will be worth more than if it has a purity of 95%.

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Gold’s current spot price is one factor that determines how much your Gold is worth, along with its other characteristics such as fineness and colour. When purchasing scrap in bulk or small amounts, make sure you know exactly what type you are buying since there are many different kinds available such as:

How does a pawn shop buy your Gold?

When you bring your Gold to a pawn shop, they will first weigh it and test it for purity. They then compare this information to the current market price of Gold to determine its value.

If your piece of jewellery or scrap metal is worth less than £100, the pawnbroker will offer you cash in their hand on the spot. 

If your item is worth more than £100 but less than £1000, they may lend you money against the value at interest rates ranging from 4% to 40%, depending on whether or not it’s “first” vs “second” tier (more on that below). If your item is worth over £1000, they’ll probably sell it in one of their other shops across London—but keep an eye out because some pawn shops have special deals where they’ll give back up to 50% of what they make off selling it!

Instructions to work out the worth of your Gold

If you’re looking to sell your scrap gold, there are a few things you need to know about how scrap gold is valued. First, it’s important to remember that not all types of Gold are worth the same amount. For example, gold jewellery made from other metals like copper or sterling silver will be worth less than pure 24-carat yellow gold bullion bars. The purity level also affects the price; for example, 22-carat jewellery is valued lower than 14-carat jewellery because more alloy was used in its construction.

The next thing to consider when calculating the value of your scrap (or “scrap”) Gold is whether or not it’s been hallmarked by a reputable member of Britain’s Assay Office network (such as the London Assay Office). Hallmarks certify that items have been produced using high-quality materials and craftsmanship standards set by law and industry groups like The Worshipful Company Of Goldsmiths And Silversmiths In London City, England UK.

What is the value of my diamond?

You might be surprised to learn that diamonds are worth less than Gold! The shiny rocks you see at jewellery stores are less valuable than the yellow stuff. It all comes down to weight or, more specifically, “carat” weight. A single carat is 200 milligrams of diamond and can range between 1-10 points depending on its size and quality. The higher the carat weight of your gemstone, the more expensive it will be per gram.

So why don’t we use diamonds for currency? Well, it turns out they’re not all that rare; in fact, there is so much mined from just one mine in Australia that over half of all their production ends up being sold overseas!

Other factors determining gold value

Other factors affecting gold value include the type of Gold, its purity, and weight. As a result, gold prices are volatile and can be affected by market events. The spot price is the current price at which you can sell your scrap today to a refiner or pawnbroker. You might also see it referred to as a ‘buy’ price or ‘sell’ price depending on the direction of change in value that you want to take advantage of (see below).

The spot price fluctuates throughout the day but generally rises during trading hours because more buyers are looking for Gold than sellers, who will pay more per ounce than earlier in the morning when they weren’t as desperate! If you can predict what direction your local currency will go over time, this could help inform how much value lies within certain coins, so keep an eye out for any news stories about Brexit too!

Some things that can determine how much your Gold is worth are purity, weight, and the current spot price of Gold.


Some things that can determine how much your Gold is worth are purity, weight, and the current spot price of Gold. The purity of your scrap gold is a measure of how much it contains by weight. For example, if you have pure 24-carat gold, every 100g contains 24g pure Gold.

The weight of your scrap metal will also affect how much it is worth. The heavier a piece or item is, the more valuable it’s likely to be because there’s more material for sale in each item than if you were selling something smaller and lighter like an earring or ring.

The final thing we’ll look at in this guide is the current spot price per gram/ounce of scrap metal on any given day (the current rate will vary depending on what type).


Gold is a valuable commodity and one that you should be aware of. Different factors can influence the scrap gold Prices, so you must know what they are before selling any of your old jewellery. If you have more questions about how much your Gold is worth, contact us at [email protected], and we’ll be happy to help!

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