How We Value Items

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When you bring in your new or used items to Wheeling Northstar Jewelry & Loan we value your items on the spot. There are a few ways that our pawn shop goes about the appraisal process. Below is an overview of the procedure and the aspects of your item that we will take a close look at when you bring it in. If you have any questions about the valuation process or would like to schedule an appointment for an at home or in store valuation please call us at (847) 459-0600.

Testing Diamonds & Precious Metals (Gold, Silver, & Platinum)

Before we begin the authentication process, the professionals at Wheeling Northstar Jewelry & Loan will go over the entire validation process with you to ensure that you are aware of the steps that we are taking. First we will inspect your diamond or metal with a magnifying glass to get a closer look at its contents, taking note it its cut, color, and clarity. Then, we will weigh the item. Finally, our skilled professionals will perform an acid test which will determine the item’s karat size. This is a quick process and can be done within minutes of a walk-in visit.

Testing General Merchandise

Besides diamonds, gold, silver and platinum, Wheeling Northstar Jewelry & Loan pawn shop accepts a vast other of high end merchandise that it values for its customers. The process for general merchandise items, such as televisions, cameras, computers, and vehicles, is similar. Firstly, we will take note of the type of item and research the selling price or market value. Then we test the item (plug it in, turn on, ect) to make sure that it is in working condition. The newer and better condition the item is in, the more money we can loan you.

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