Once you have found the weight and purity of your gold you can then complete a simple mathematic equation to find its current market value. You can also use a "gold value calculator" found online to do these calculations for you automatically. All you have to do is enter the total weight and purity of your gold item(s) and it will calculate the current market or "melt value" for you! You can find the one that I have created on my website at
With the value of gold reaching historically high prices and the demand for gold continuing to soar, even gold filled items have a reasonably worthwhile market value! Luckily for you, finding the market value of gold filled items is actually quite simple. All you need to know is a few simple mathematics equations and you can find the exact dollar value of these items.
Gold filled items are composed of a single layer of gold (typically a gold alloy, i.e. 12k, 14k, 18k, etc.) which is then bonded to a base metal (typically brass) using heat and pressure. The amount of pure gold contained in the layer of gold which is bonded to the base metal is measured in two ways. To find the value of your gold filled items you will need to identify these two pieces of information. The first is the karat rating of gold which the layer is made up of. The second is the thickness of the layer which is bonded to the base metal. The thickness of the layer is actually measured by its weight in relation to the total weight of the item. The layer of gold's weight is expressed in the form of a fraction (i.e. 1/10, 1/20, 1/40, etc.). Both of these pieces of information should be found hallmarked or "stamped" somewhere on the item. For example, you should find a hallmark that looks something like "1/20 14k GF" somewhere on your item. Once you have found and identified this hallmark, all you will need to do now to find your items gold market value is simply find the items total weight (in grams) using a scale, and then complete a simple mathematics calculation.