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Second Hand Jewellery Buying Guide

What is second hand gold jewellery? 

Second hand jewellery, is pre-owned jewellery that has been restored to a near perfect condition. This means you will not be the first owner of the items, like so many high value items, buying gold jewellery second hand allows the luxury of owning gold jewellery much more accessible. 

What does second hand jewellery look like?

Gold, especially in its 9ct form is an extremely durable metal, this means that an item can be owned and loved for a few life times. All the second hand items that are sold at Hatton Garden Metals are rigorously hand inspected by our dedicated quality control team after they have been fully restored and professionally polished by the UKs leading working jewellers, the items really do look brand sparkling new. We would never intentionally sell anything that we didn’t believe was in a great condition and ready to be worn straight away for its next owner. At HGM we always want you the customer to have full control and confidence when you purchase from us, and for that reason we take HD photos, with multiple angles and with the benefit of technology you can see exactly what you are buying. Please take the time to browse through our selection of second-hand jewellery knowing that whichever item you fancy, you have made a fantastic, sustainable and smart choice by buying second hand jewellery. In short, this is what you are getting:

  • Real Gold Jewellery for UNBEATABLE prices 
  • Hallmarked Items Only
  • Fully Refurbished Items by UK’s Leading Working Jewellers 
  • Professionally cleaned, polished to the highest quality 
  • Confidence in Purchase of Cheap Second Hand Gold Jewellery 

Why buy second-hand jewellery?

Second hand jewellery, once fully restored to a beautiful condition, is shiny, sparkly and free from signs of previous wear and tear. Pre-owned jewellery is by far the most cost effective way to buy gold of exceptional value and build up your jewellery collection or as a gift for others. You can choose from pre-owned bracelets, chains, rings and earrings with full UK Hallmarks.

What is a UK Hallmark?

A hallmark is a sign of metal purity from the Goldsmith Assay Company that dates back to 1327. Each Hallmark can trace the origin of a piece of jewellery to a specific Assay Office within the UK and the date it was sent for Hallmarking. Usually made up of four separate and distinct markings just about visible to the eye without the use of a magnifying glass! The main marking that you should look at is the number; this refers to the actual purity of the gold. Most of the items for sale on Hatton Garden Metals Ltd will be hallmarked with the number '375', in its most complicated explanation this means that 375 parts per 1000 in this one item are pure gold, or more simply put, 375 means 9CT GOLD. You may also see the marking '750' this denotes 18ct GOLD. For an item to be officially UK Hallmarked the following three markings must be displayed:

  • Who Originally Made the Item
  • The Purity of Fine Gold
  • The Assay Office Mark

Huge savings when you buy second-hand gold jewellery

The secret is out, you no longer need to pay top end prices for top end products, the smartest, sustainable and cheapest way to buy gold jewellery is to buy second hand! Pre-owned jewellery once fully restored to a beautiful condition, is shiny, sparkly and totally free from any signs of previous wear and tear. So, what makes it different to brand new jewellery? The answer is simple. Pre-owned jewellery is by far the most cost effective and cheapest way to buy gold and build up your precious jewellery collection, with pieces that you love and will stand the test of time. You will find fantastic deals on the HGM site; choose from pre-owned bracelets, chains, rings and earrings. With each item hand selected for our second-hand jewellery collection you will be sure to find the perfect item for you or as the perfect gift. So, how to SAVE MONEY and BUY CHEAP GOLD JEWELLERY that no one will know was ever pre-owned! 

  • BUY second hand jewellery and make HUGE savings
  • BUY sustainable items, that are all BRITISH HALLMARKED
  • More GOLD gram for gram than you will find anywhere else

How will my items be sent?

All our items are sent out to you boxed, well packaged and through secure postage.  For items under £100 we use Royal Mail Signed For, delivery within 2/3 days.  You can upgrade your postage option to express delivery for £6.95. For items over £100 we use Royal Mail Special Delivery, express delivery (order before 1.30pm). 

What is the difference between pre-loved, pre-owned and second hand jewellery? 

Absolutely nothing! Pre-loved is a more romantic way of saying pre-owned, and pre-owned is another way of saying second hand. You will notice a whole host of jewellery sites and jewellers will use different descriptions to describe pre-owned jewellery. In essence, they all mean the same! At Hatton Garden Metals, we do like the word pre-loved as the pieces we sell have been looked after and have no obvious marks or imperfections. However, so as to be as transparent and clear as possible to our customer we have opted to choose the word pre-owned. We're very proud to be selling an entire collection of pre-owned jewellery; hence we will use this description on every piece! 

What is a birthstone?

A Birthstone is a gemstone that represents a person’s month of birth. Birthstones are often worn as jewellery or as a pendant. The wearing of Birthstones is thought to bring good luck, good health and protection.

  • January Birthstone: Garnet
  • February Birthstone: Amethyst
  • March Birthstone: Aquamarine
  • April Birthstone: Diamond
  • May Birthstone: Emerald
  • June Birthstone: Pearl 
  • July Birthstone: Ruby
  • August Birthstone: Peridot
  • September Birthstone: Sapphire
  • October Birthstone: Opal
  • November Birthstone: Topaz 
  • December Birthstone: Turquoise

What is a gemset stone?

A gemstone is the naturally occurring form of a mineral, which is desirable for its beauty, valuable in its rarity and durability. Every gemstone is unique and comes with its own natural composition. There are more than 40 popular gem varieties and more rare ones. They come in almost every colour and are perfect for creating beautiful pieces of gem set jewellery.

Guide to buying second hand rings

A wide selection of second hand 9ct gold and diamond rings are available to purchase. Our rings have all been professionally and carefully restored. Each piece is handled individually by a working jeweller in Hatton Garden using the latest equipment along with traditional techniques to ensure that these rings are restored beautifully. HGM’s range of second hand 9ct gold rings gives you the chance to own the 'real deal' and expand your jewellery collection. So many items that are widely sold in the industry are now plated, which essentially means the items are dipped in less than a millimetre of gold, and if you ever wanted to re sell a plated item you would get pennies for your item. HGM always offer you solid gold 9ct or 18ct rings, nothing is ever plated. Our rings are fully UK Hallmarked, a mark of purity from the Goldsmith Assay Company. Gold rings are officially a jewellery box essential so be sure to check out our fantastic range of second hand gold rings today.  

Can I have my ring sized?

Yes HGM benefit from having a skilled group of working jewellers and we can usually have your ring altered within 5 days We will always display the UK ring size of the item in the description.. Please contact us for a Price quotation for the alteration.

Guide to buying vintage jewellery 

Our beloved jewellery industry is one of the oldest in the world, and throughout history gold jewellery especially has been cherished and passed down through generations. The durability of gold, especially 9ct gold jewellery means that the condition of these pieces is unbelievable. We do restore all our pieces, we use some of Hatton Garden's leading working jewellers to ensure that each piece has the care and attention it needs. Our vintage range has been tendered to by loving hands and is brought to you with pride and care by the HGM quality control department. 

As mentioned in our Gold Hallmarking section the UK Hallmark dates back to 1327, we have seen rings that date back to the Victorian era, still in stunning condition and with designs that can't be matched. Of course vintage rings and retro styles have been the basis for many modern designs, so we do offer a totally eclectic range of vintage gold jewellery; we hope you enjoy browsing our vintage range.  

Where should you buy second hand jewellery? 

Whenever purchasing gold, whether it is from a high street shop or an online store, you should always make sure that you are buying from a genuine and reputable company. It is especially important when purchasing jewellery online that the site provides good quality and accurate images of their stock. On our HGM site you will notice that we try and take up to 3 images of each item so that you can get a really good view of what the item looks like. It is also important to appreciate the value of an item being 'Fully UK Hallmarked'. As a customer, this is your guarantee of the precious metal content of what you are buying, essentially it is certificate engraved on your items, recognised worldwide. On HGM you will see that on each of our item, ‘Fully UK Hallmarked’ is stated in our product description allowing you to buy second hand jewellery with 100% customer confidence. 

Faulty goods / Our guarantee

All items are carefully checked to ensure that they are not damaged prior to dispatching. Should your item arrive damaged we will be happy to replace it if possible, however please be aware that some pieces are unique and will only be available for full refund. If a refund is needed this will be arranged without unreasonable delay and without charge. Replacement goods will not be dispatched until the original item/s has been received and checked by us here. The cost of returning your item is your responsibility; however on inspection we will refund your postage costs, providing the goods are found to be faulty.

Returning an item?

If you are not totally happy with our purchase, return it within 28 days for a full refund or exchange. 

We offer FREE returns. Items should be returned back to us in an un-worn condition along with any labels or security tags that were dispatched with the item. When returning your items back to us, we suggest that that you keep the Royal Mail receipt as proof of postage.

Please return your item to:

11 St Cross Street

Once your item has been received at Hatton Garden Metals it will be checked to ensure that the item is unworn. We will then process your refund for the item which should usually clear into your bank no later than within 2-3 working days.

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