By Annie Kinnett Nichols

Remember the ring that old beau gave you – the one that meant so much, but now lives at the bottom of your jewelry box? What about your high school class ring with a fake blue stone or those chunky necklaces and bangles you bought at that market in Mexico?

All you have to do is open the drawer and there are a ton of mementos from your past. I decided to round up all these old memories and attend a gold party. It was an interesting experience and also quite lucrative.

Gold parties are new phenomenon, made even more popular by the spike in prices. The company I have experience with is Party of Gold. Basically, you’re hanging out with your friends for an evening and selling or not selling your gold. Listening to stories of family pieces, old lovers, mother-in-laws, sisters, should you sell or not. The evening was sentimental, sweet and funny – all the things a girl loves with a cocktail or two to top it off. I laughed, I cried, I signed up to host a party.

Having the party at my house was the most fun cause it was just my friends. If you host a party you get a percentage of the gold sold, including my own, so that was a definite bonus. I learned a lot about gold, too.

I learned how most of my gold is metal (take a strong magnet and put it next to your jewelry, the fake stuff sticks like glue to the magnet). The rest of my gold, which I assumed was all 24-carat, was actually 18 or 10 or 8. It was also very eye opening to see what turned out to be ‘junk’ from those old boyfriends.

The best part about the party (except for the money making part) was listening to everyone’s memories and helping people to decide to buy or to keep. There were so many dilemmas and great advice from all my friends. A friend convinced me to keep one piece I still had heart for and I’m glad I kept it. I convinced several friends to keep stuff if they were on the fence. The sale is final so you have to be totally sure.

To throw your own gold party contact Nancy Meadows, who works for Party of Gold, at meadowsn@bellsouth.net and tell you saw it in Atlanta INtown. You can also look up info at partyofgold.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.