Parker Pawn & Jewelry 101: Gold, Platinum and more

Welcome to Parker Pawn & Jewelry 101, where you will find helpful resources and guides for
jewelry and precious metals education. At Parker Pawn & Jewelry, we care about you and the
value of your items on both sides of the pawn shop business, and we want all of our customers
to be educated on the pieces they choose to pawn, buy or sell. Whether you’re looking to
purchase an engagement ring for the first time, or have old, unwanted family heirlooms to sell,
let Parker Pawn & Jewelry 101 guide and educate you through the process.

We have certified Goldsmiths on staff who assess, inspect, and polish the jewelry we sell in our
stores in addition to trained appraisers behind the pawn shop counters who are ready to answer
any questions you may have.

We believe that the more you know, the more confident you will feel about your transaction with
us. Please, browse through our resources, give us a call or stop into the store nearest you to learn

Precious Metals


Gold and precious metals make jewelry into beautiful masterpieces to be worn for the world to see. Keep your jewelry beautiful by learning more about the metals that make it that way.

To determine the karat gold used in a piece of jewelry, check its markings, also called its hallmark. This is usually found on the inside of the shank or the underside side of a pendant, earring or bracelet. The traditional hallmark uses the gold purity percentage. Modern hallmarks are simply stamped with the karat weight.

The color of gold is determined by two factors, the type of metal alloys included and the percentage of each metal alloy.

  • Yellow Gold: pure gold mixed with a little silver and copper for a warm look
  • White Gold: pure gold is combined with palladium and silver or with nickel, copper and zinc. Rhodium plating improves whiteness and durability.

White gold is the sturdiest of the colored golds, which is why it’s frequently used in prongs in diamond settings.

  • Rose Gold: pure gold plus copper. The more copper, the redder the metal.
  • Green Gold: yellowish green in appearance, pure gold plus silver


Platinum is a silvery, white metal with a soft hue that’s extremely rare and considered more precious than gold. It is much heavier than gold as well and does not tarnish or oxidize. Because of its hardness, the details on intricately engraved or embellished rings look sharper and more precise when done in platinum.

As with other metals, platinum is commonly mixed with other metals when used in jewelry pieces. However, for a piece of jewelry to be labeled as Platinum, it must meet a minimum level of purity. Platinum in jewelry is 90% to 95% pure, which brings out the beauty of diamonds set in platinum engagement rings. Normally, platinum pieces can be identified by a stamp with PLAT.

Sterling Silver

Pure silver, also called fine silver, is relatively soft, very malleable and easily damaged, so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. Sterling silver can range from bright white to grayish white and can have a matte or shiny finish. It is usually combined with other metals such as copper to boost its strength. Sterling Silver must contain at least 92.5% pure silver, which is why it’s stamped .925

Other Metals

Stainless Steel: Shiny and strong, stainless steel rings can be polished to take on many different looks, from matte to chrome.

Titanium: Titanium is a natural element and can be black, silver, grey or white in color. It is the hardest natural metal in the world. Though it is lightweight, titanium is the strongest and most scratch resistant metals available for wedding rings, but it cannot be resized once made.

Tungsten Carbide: a steel gray, white or black metal whose strength and high melting point makes Tungsten a favorite in the arms industry. It is harder than gold alloys and is hypoallergenic. It is the most popular alternative metal for men’s wedding bands, but cannot be resized.

Palladium: One of the rarest metals in the world, Palladium is a member of the platinum group of metals. These metals are referred to as noble metals due to their superior ability to withstand corrosion and oxidation.

Cobalt: Made from a highly durable alloy, cobalt is 4x harder than platinum, but is less dense. Cobalt alloy is a bright white metal, giving it the appearance of platinum. Because of its natural hardness, cobalt jewelry is extremely scratch, chip and corrosion resistant. It is also hypoallergenic, making it an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin.

Tantalum: This is the newest addition to contemporary metals and is highly scratch resistant and hypo allergic. Naturally a blue-grey metal, tantalum is 99% pure and coated with a ceramic glaze that gives the metal a matte black finish.

Parker Pawn & Jewelry is your go-to pawn shop in the Fayetteville area for precious metals, jewelry, musical instruments, and a wide selection of electronics. Do you have jewelry you want to exchange for cash? Parker Pawn is the best place to sell broken, scrap or unwanted jewelry. And best of all, we promise to pay the most cash on the spot. Parker Pawn & Jewelry will help you with all your needs! Visit us online at or visit one of our storefronts in Fayetteville and Spring Lake. Give us a call today at (910) 321-0500.

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Summer Jewelry Care

Nothing is better than diamonds sparkling in the sun. But many of the things we love most about summer can be a bit tough on jewelry. Follow these simple tips to keep your jewelry shining all summer long.


Before you dive into a pool, ocean or hot tub, take off your jewelry and put it in a safe place. Your diamonds don’t mind a dip but chlorine and salt can damage or discolor gold and silver and some gemstones.

Since your fingers swell in the heat but shrink in cold water, it’s more common than you would thing to have a ring slip off in the water. And looking for your ring or earrings in the surf or sand is a pretty lousy way to spend a day at the beach.


A scrub with sand might be great for your toes but for your jewelry, not so much.  The abrasion can scratch the metal and embedded sand can loosen your setting.  So leave your jewelry at home or leave the sandcastles to the kids.


If you want to keep your jewelry shining, take it off before you rub on sunscreen and lotions. Lotions have chemicals that leave a greasy film on your jewelry and cloud your gems.  It’s harder to scrub it off than to keep it from building up in the first place!


It’s hot and sweaty out there! Make sure salt from your skin doesn’t stay on your jewelry. Wipe each piece with a soft damp cloth after you wear it to remove any residue before you put it away.  It will be ready for you to wear the next time.


Hey, summer happens! When your jewelry gets messy, clean it with dish soap and water. You can also take it to your jeweler and have it professionally cleaned at the end of the summer.  Ask your jeweler to check and make sure that all the prongs are tight so you don’t lose a gem.

Now that your gold jewelry is clean and ready for the summer, all that’s left to do is wear it! If you’re looking for unique gold jewelry to purchase and wear, or if you’re looking to sell your gold jewelry, Parker Pawn & Jewelry will help you with all your needs! Visit us online at or visit one of our storefronts in Fayetteville and Spring Lake. Give us a call today at (910) 321-0500.

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Gold Jewelry and Loans for Spring

We understand what an uncertain time it is right now in the world. As an essential business, Parker Pawn & Jewelry’s 3 locations remain open for you!

If you need some extra cash to get you by, we offer cash loans on almost anything of value. Do you have gold jewelry just lying around your house collecting dust? It can be traded for cash at our stores, which can help you get by while you’re waiting for your stimulus check.

While we’re all working from home, you may need extra tools or laptops to finish up the home to-do list you’ve been putting off and get access to work for the entire family! We have plenty of options available for electronics and tools at great prices. 

We understand that it is essential to stay home right now and maintain a healthy social distance, so we’re also offering local shipping and curbside pickup to our customers. If you need shipping outside of the local area, give us a call and we will do our best to accommodate your request!

If there’s something special you’re looking for, like a special gold jewelry piece for Mother’s Day, give us a call at 910-321-0500 or send us a message on Facebook. With our large inventory, we are sure to have the gold jewelry, electronics, tools, or other items you need while you stay at home.

During this stay at home order, you can also access our inventory through our free Mobile Pawn App that you can use to make loan or layaway payments and even request extensions so you don’t have to stress about losing your items during these uncertain times.

We’re here to help. Call or drive by one of our three locations in Fayetteville and Spring Lake locations. Most importantly, stay safe!

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Come See the Jewelry Selection at Parker Pawn and Jewelry

The two top reasons why people come into pawn shops are that they want to pawn or sell their items to the store or they are looking for a great deal on popular items. The most popular items that are sought after in a pawn shop are electronics, phones, tools and jewelry. At Parker Pawn & Jewelry in Fayetteville and Spring Lake, North Carolina, we have a wide selection of all of these items and more! With Mother’s Day and wedding season coming up soon, our jewelry selection is the perfect place to find the perfect gift for the special ladies in your life.

Parker Pawn & Jewelry buys and sells all kinds of jewelry. Currently, our jewelry inventory includes everything from diamond rings to men’s designer watches. We have several beautiful pendant necklaces available, and a sizable inventory of gorgeous rings. Parker Pawn only sells high quality jewelry pieces. We have many 14 karat gold pieces, many set with diamonds and other valuable gemstones like sapphire and ruby. We sell jewelry pieces from such designers as Michael Kors and Diesel, among other reputable names in jewelry and watches. Parker Pawn & Jewelry carries a jewelry selection that satisfies both men and women. Our jewelry prices are some of the best around!

If you have a special occasion coming up and you are looking for an amazing piece of jewelry or a designer watch to celebrate it, Parker Pawn & Jewelry is the place to look. We have two locations in Fayetteville and one in Spring Lake. You can find exquisite jewelry at all of our locations, or check out our Ebay page to shop from the comfort of your home.

Parker Pawn & Jewelry is always looking to add to our jewelry inventory. Do you have high quality jewelry that you no longer want and you would like to sell? Bring your jewelry into one of our pawn shops and let us appraise it for you. You could walk out of Parker Pawn with money in your pocket! Of course, you may want to use that money to buy one of our amazing jewelry pieces for sale.

Do you have questions about how to sell jewelry at Parker Pawn & Jewelry? Give us a call at (910) 321-0500.

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5 Reasons to Shop at Parker Pawn & Jewelry this Holiday Season


Visit Parker Pawn & Jewelry To Learn More About Our Holiday Loans

The holiday season has arrived, and what that typically means to the average consumer is lots of crowded stores, overspending, and the additional financial burdens of Christmas. Unfortunately, most people fail to consider holiday loans.

At Parker Pawn & Jewelry, we offer several solutions to keep you on budget and in charge of your holiday spending. 

Save Money

Whether you’re looking for something gold and shiny for your significant other or equipment for the do-it-yourselfer, Parker Pawn & Jewelry has you covered. We have many brand name electronics and power tools to check off everyone on your list. Our prices are much more affordable and enjoyable than retail. We have several locations in Fayetteville and Spring Lake. We even have an Ebay store for the stay at home shoppers. 

Better Deals on Gold and Jewelry

Contrary to popular belief, used gold is often a better bargain than new retail. Under the bright lights of your favorite jewelry department store are the hefty prices associated with designer jewelry. The price you’ll get is simply an unnecessary expense due to name recognition. At Parker Pawn & Jewelry, the prices we offer are solely based on the market rate of gold, other precious metals, and gemstones. We even offer holiday loans to help cover the expense of gifting something special to someone special. So come check out our selection. 

Discounted Electronics

If you’re shopping for electronics this year come see the selections at Parker Pawn & Jewelry. We have a larger selection of used and discounted electronics that have plenty of life left. Most of our electronics are in like new condition and backed by warranties. With plenty of items to choose from at each location you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. 

Better Bargains on Power Tools

We all have do-it-yourselfers on our lists and they’re usually difficult to shop for. New tools are generally pricey. At Parker Pawn & Jewelry, we have a vast selection of tools that are reasonably priced. Should you need a few items to grab, we’ve got you covered. Learn about our holiday loans to help you cover the costs.

Holiday Loans

Need cash? Whether it’s for gifts or to decorate, Parker Pawn & Jewelry is the go-to in Fayetteville, North Carolina for holiday loans.  Parker Pawn & Jewelry offers top dollar loans as well as offering the most cash for your gold and jewelry. 

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How to Care for Your Gold Jewelry

At Parker Pawn and Jewelry, we know how important your gold jewelry pieces are to you. Whether they are family heirlooms, new pieces, or you’ve found a unique gold jewelry piece at one of our Parker Pawn & Jewelry’s stores, these items have significant value and caring for them is incredibly important for preserving their lustrous finish.

Gold is a soft metal so it’s important to take care when cleaning, storing, and wearing your gold jewelry pieces. It is best to remove your gold jewelry when swimming, cleaning, or even showering as chlorine and some waters can be too abrasive for your gold jewelry.

Store your gold jewelry in separate jewelry pouches or boxes from your other jewelry pieces to prevent other items from scratching your gold jewelry. You can take your gold jewelry to a jeweler for professional polishing, but you don’t want to do this too often as the abrasive chemicals used to polish your gold jewelry can be damaging in the long term.

Luckily, your gold jewelry can be cleaned with a simple solution of mild soap and water to remove dirt and residue. Simply mix a mild soap into a shallow bowl full of lukewarm water. If your gold jewelry does not have any gemstones, soak the gold jewelry for 20 to 30 minutes, and then wipe with a soft cloth to remove dirt. If your gold jewelry has gemstones, dip a soft cloth in the soap solution, and use it to gently clean your gold jewelry. Once you’ve removed the dirt with the soap solution, rinse with water or a clean cloth to remove soap residue from your gold jewelry. Then pat dry and air dry to remove any remaining moisture.

Now that your gold jewelry is clean and cared for, all that’s left to do is wear it! If you’re looking for unique gold jewelry to purchase and wear, or if you’re looking to sell your gold jewelry, Parker Pawn & Jewelry will help you with all your needs! Visit us online at or visit one of our storefronts in Fayetteville and Spring Lake.

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Get Cash for Gold Jewelry

It’s spring season, and we all know what that means – it’s time for spring cleaning! As you’re digging through your jewelry drawers this year deciding what to keep and what to get rid of, remember that you can sell your gold jewelry for cash at Parker Pawn and Jewelry.

With summer vacation coming up, selling your gold jewelry can help to pay for that fun family vacation you have planned or even help to cover routine costs like lawn maintenance and gas.

Parker Pawn and Jewelry offers the best pricing for gold in the area, and we guarantee that you won’t find a better price anywhere else, so our shops make the process easy and you can feel assured that you’re getting the best pricing and the most return on your gold jewelry.

We do more than just buy gold jewelry though, Parker Pawn and Jewelry also sells gold jewelry! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your significant other or best friend, or even something special for yourself, stop by one of our stores to shop our collection of gold jewelry.

We sell everything from necklaces and earrings, to watches and rings. Our collection of gold jewelry is fairly priced and you won’t find better offers in the area, we promise!

For all your gold jewelry needs, whether you’re in the market to buy or sell, stop by one of our locations in Fayetteville and Spring Lake, North Carolina. You can also shop online through our Ebay store!

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Parker Pawn & Jewelry: Not Just a Pawn Shop

Since Parker Pawn & Jewelry opened its first pawn shop in Fayetteville, NC in 1955, we have seen the population of Fayetteville go from around 45,000 to over 200,000. Parker Pawn & Jewelry has always strived to be the best among all pawn shops, and we now operate locations in Fayetteville and the surrounding areas. We believe in our business because at Parker Pawn & Jewelry our customers know that, unlike some other pawn shops out there, we are fair and reputable in what we do.

Another reason why success finds us at Parker Pawn & Jewelry, is because we do business outside the walls of our pawn shops. Customers can find our inventory on Ebay as well as in our pawn shops. We understand that sometimes customers cannot get to our stores, and we wanted to be able to share our great deals with them in a way that they could shop easily from the comfort of their own homes. Over the years, we have gone from just buying items from customers or allowing goods to be pawned with us, to trading cash for gold and offering 24 hour no hassle loans as well. The team at Parker Pawn & Jewelry has grown and evolved with the times, and we have our customers to thank.

One of the greatest joys of running our Parker Pawn & Jewelry shops, is getting to take many opportunities to give back to the community that has made us successful over all of these years. It is our pleasure to partner annually with such great organizations as Fayetteville Urban Ministries, the Bicycle Man Community Outreach Project, Special Olympics of North Carolina, March For Dimes, Relay For Life, and Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, among others. Our staff loves to support local and national awareness events with special promotions and contests in our pawn shops, and on our social media pages.

Parker Pawn & Jewelry shops are not just pawn shops. We appreciate the people of Fayetteville, NC and all of the surrounding areas that have chosen us to be their number one option for pawn shops in the region. If you are looking for a pawn shop that offers top quality items at great prices, offers fair value on the goods you sell with us, gives you the option to pawn items, or offers no hassle loans, then you have found what you are looking for in Parker Pawn & Jewelry. Come see us at one of our locations in Fayetteville and Spring Lake or check us out on Ebay.

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Finding Gold Treasure At Parker Pawn & Jewelry

According to Irish folklore, leprechauns were wealthy little men who would hide their pots of gold. Some would say that if you looked, you would find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. With St. Patrick’s Day close at hand, our team at Parker Pawn & Jewelry can understand why some would hold out hope for their pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Surely, we could all use a little more gold in our lives. However, we also know that you do not have to go to a rainbows end to find yours! If you are looking for your gold treasure this March, look no further than Parker Pawn & Jewelry with locations in Fayetteville, NC and Spring Lake, NC.

Our Parker Pawn & Jewelry stores have a wide variety of gold items ready to be claimed by you. From gold jewelry of all kinds, watches and more, you won’t have to go far to own a little piece of gold for yourself. Parker Pawn & Jewelry has several gold jewelry pieces in our inventory that are sure to please any jewelry fan. If gold jewelry is what you are looking to add to your treasure chest, you will find it at Parker Pawn & Jewelry.

Parker Pawn & Jewelry is always looking to add to our gold jewelry inventory! If you want to earn some extra spending cash this March, bring in the gold jewelry pieces and watches that you no longer want and we will make you a deal. Walk out of Parker Pawn & Jewelry with cash in hand, that is, unless you find some kind of treasure in our store to spend it on first. We pay top dollar for gold at Parker Pawn & Jewelry.

During this season, stop in at one of our Parker Pawn & Jewelry locations to see what treasure awaits you! If you can’t make it into one of our locations, shop our inventory online. Just look for our eBay store or search for us on Craigslist.

Your pot of gold is out there! Parker Pawn & Jewelry has it, and you don’t have to wait for a rainbow to claim it.

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Hassle Free Loans At Parker Pawn & Jewelry

You pay your bills on time. You are responsible with your money. You have a stable job working for Uncle Sam at one of the best military bases this world has ever seen. Then some politicians decide that you don’t need to be paid as badly as you know you do. Suddenly you are put into a position where you aren’t getting paid, but your bills are still due. We wish this was a fiction story, but for too many in our community, sadly, it was reality this past month. The family at Parker Pawn & Jewelry appreciates the people of this community. Without them, we would not have been able to sustain our business since 1955, let alone have four locations! When the community hurts, we sympathize. That is why, in January, when we experienced the longest government shutdown in our country’s history, we offered furloughed federal employees a one month, interest free loan. Bills needed to be paid, and we were happy to help.

Some of you have filed your taxes and are anxiously awaiting your tax refunds. You have plans for that money and you are hoping it shows up on time. Unfortunately, because of the government shutdown, the IRS may take a little longer getting that money to you. With the threat of another shutdown still looming, there is no guarantee that you will have that money when you need it. If you’re in this situation, come see us at Parker Pawn & Jewelry. We offer no hassle loans everyday. You don’t have to be a federal employee to get a loan at Parker Pawn & Jewelry.

While you are at Parker Pawn & Jewelry inquiring about our loans, take a look at our huge inventory of electronics, jewelry, game systems, video games, tools and more. When your tax return does come in, check out our awesome prices on high quality items that you cannot find anywhere else. We have locations in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Yadkin Road and Owen Drive, and a store in Spring Lake on Highway 10 North.

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  • Locations

    2898 Owen Drive.
    Fayetteville, NC 28306
    (910) 321-0500
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    5701 Yadkin Rd., Suite 200
    Fayetteville, NC 28303
    (910) 867-5159
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    413 N Lillington HWY
    Spring Lake, NC 28390
    (910) 497-2947
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    3020 N. Main Street Suite 270
    Hope Mills NC, 28348
    (910) 491-5211
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