When I brought my mom's locket to the jeweller to ask him to fix the part that holds the chain from the main part .. .I was told . ."it really is not valuable. It is a base metal locket with a very thin coating of gold over it".
I opened the locket to reveal my mom and dad's likeness. . .
and said. .."it is worth considerable value to me .. .I'm okay with the investment in my locket .. just fix it."
And of course they understand that kind of worth as well.
The he mentioned that if I had any bits of broken gold at home. .
I might consider bringing those things in which would more than cover the cost of the repair.
I went home and opened up my jewel box and found the little blue cardboard box ..
which clearly is worth nothing.
Inside I found my mothers wedding bands that she wore while married to the same man ..
my dad. .one band worn through after another ..
and then tucked away into the original blue box.
Those bands and other bits would not be making the trek to the jeweller .. .
they are worth considerable value to me. .
The jeweller could not afford to take them off my hands.
I did find. .
a broken thin chain. . .long since discarded into the bottom of my jewel box.
Single earrings and lonely backs with no post of its own ..
also was tucked into the little button bag.
My beloved got rather enthusiastic and tossed in a gold ring he had once found .. .with a very scratched fake sapphire.
I took my little button bag into the jeweller when I went to retrieve my locket of considerable value.
They photocopied the bits and pieces and promised to call me.
The next day . ..they called to tell me my little half full button bag of bits and pieces included some gold which is worth a considerable amount right now and the parts they could use would yield me just over $250.
They have the valuable bits in their possession now.
I have my locket.
all for now ..