If it's pleasure you are after Dave, got any more you want to give away ?
I'll pm you my address. DHL are pretty good.
I know where you are coming from, and you are getting into a whole new discussion area. Suffice it to say, where money and value is concerned, no Thai would go to a UK gold shop to sell their gold for a loss of money, just to save face, when it could be sold to a Thai, at a greater value.
A ring that I bought in Chinatown about 10 years ago was becoming a bit worn down (the design was not as sharp as when new) and it was quite miss-shaped with lugging about very heavy suitcases. I was staying in Chinatown a couple of weeks ago and so decided to see about trading the ring for a new one. It was quite easy, I picked out a new ring of the same weight, and the shop inspected and weighed my old ring. I paid 700B for the workmanship of the new ring and left the shop very happy with the deal.
Best we leave it at that Dave
Put it on the bar 27th Dave
Anyone NEEDING to cash in gold for cash should check out the link I posted and check out Mercia Jewellers in the Bullyard, Coventry for what they might get, I have used them several times and am not affiliated to them, just lucky in finding them, the only gold I have lost out on with them is a Spanish 18kt gold ring with vvfs diamonds that I bought for over 1000Euros (Aom didn't like it) and they gave me £480 for, though other Jewellers only offered ~£100 for this properly hallmarked ring, the only reason I took Mercia's offer was because I wanted to get a dropped kerb done and for a few grams of gold I got a few tonnes of tarmac :-)
Te, I think the clue might be in his name.
Very interesting thread for me as I had a recent bad experience trying to sell Thai gold.
I had a 60 gram 18 Carat gold men’s bracelet made for me back in 1984 @ Central Gems, Pattaya, I thought it may be a good investment. Trying to remember back but I have a feeling that the guy tried to get me to buy higher carat gold - maybe 23 carat but I thought he was just getting me to splash out more cash as here in England certainly at that time the better gold was 18 carat. Also a friend had told me that nobody created jewellery in 24 carat gold as it was too soft.
In 1986 I got it valued for insurance purposes and they said it was 18 carat & gave a value of £900. But then to cast doubt in my mind a few years later I was short of cash & tried to sell it and the guy said it was only 14 carat but I thought he was trying to rip me off.
Anyway I thought it might be a good idea to try & sell the bracelet on our family visit to Thailand last Easter. We stayed 6 nights in Pattaya & got Central Gems to repair the wife’s engagement ring that we got from them many years before & I enquired if they would by the bracelet from me but he politely refused but offered to turn it into something nice for my wife. Anyway I thought Bangkok would be a better place to try and get rid of it.
Down side of visiting Thailand at Easter is Songkran and I had only one left to try and flog it being the Saturday after the water throwing nonsense and most shops were still shut. I thought Chinatown would be the best place to try but there were only a handful open. The reception that I got from the vendors showed me a side of Thailand that I had never seen. I kept the bracelet on my wrist and so the vendor was perhaps expecting me to buy but when I explained that I wanted to sell this…. Well the reception I got was to be honest .. well it wasn’t polite. So after about 6 or 7 shops I gave up & asked my wife to try (with me outside) but she got nowhere too. I then tried in MBK on the 2nd floor and at least one very old gentleman took some interest and got his paraphernalia out to test the gold but all he would say was – not real gold, not real gold – however when I asked what carat it was he was unable to tell me.
I have tried a few places back home in Leeds, the cash for gold places offer £100 or similar but most won’t have anything to do with it as it doesn’t have a hallmark on it. One posh place offered to send it away & they will charge £35 + a percentage of the value but my typical tight assed wife won’t have me spending money on that – I try to explain that until I truly know its value I cannot see if someone is trying to rip me orf.
Think we need a road trip, long time since I have been sent to Coventry!
If you do, give them a call first to get an idea on value, they are closed on Sundays, they have always been genuine on the carat and weight with the gold that I have sold them (I have always weighed it myself beforehand) and I would imagine they would be able to give you a good idea on the carat of yours if you have been fleeced over it in Thailand.
A link to "How to obtain a Settlement Visa"
Its a minefield although even without a hallmark gold dealers in the UK wipe it with a chemical and if gold its colour changes although that won't help with the carat bit.
Wifey had an old piece of chain from some of my Grandmothers jewellery boxes (my mother gave it to her) so we went to find out whether real or not (no hallmark) one dealer offered £100 the next £400 and the next 2 said not gold.
Wifey declared as old England she will keep it so it's in Phitsanulok with her