Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the experts behind Gold Party Chicago?
Debra and Ford Sunderland.
Debra is the President and CEO and also worked as a top marketing executive with clients ranging from Trish McEvoy Cosmetics to Platinum Technology. Her exceptional business ability and leadership skills have helped make Gold Party Chicago a success. Debra developed Gold Party Chicago's business model with her husband J. Ford. It keeps overhead low, yielding the highest possible return for Gold Party Chicago hosts, hostesses and their guests.
Ford, VP and Chief Operating Officer at Gold Party, has worked as an independent precious metals buyer and gemologist since 1978. He is an expert appraiser, gemologist, precious metals buyer, and numismatist. Ford also owned and operated a five-location jewelry store chain, working with such brands as: Rolex, Hearts on Fire The World's Most Perfectly Cut Diamond, Scott Kay and Tacori. J. Ford also currently works as a Jewelry Store Consultant and is a member of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee since 2008.
With these qualifications, you and your guests are in good hands. Debra had the business savvy and Ford had the precious metal and gem experience. Voilá, Gold Party Chicago! A match made in gold heaven!
The Sunderlands live in Chicago's western ’burbs with their two children and Labradoodle, Kit. In their free time, Debra enjoys competitive road cycling while Ford enjoys sailing the Great Lakes.
Debra Sunderland can be reached via email by clicking here.
Ford Sunderland can be reached via email by clicking here.
How do I get money by hosting a Gold Party Chicago event?
There are three ways, so listen up.
One, you can sell any gold, silver, or platinum jewelry items of your own.
Two, by hosting a Gold Party Chicago event, you'll receive 10% of all the jewelry we purchase, even if you don't sell jewelry of your own. For example, if we purchase $4,500 in unwanted items, you receive $450.
Three, you receive an additional 3% from Gold Party Chicago events which are hosted by guests from your party*! For example, if three of your guests host a party that gross $4,500 each, you get $135 from each, or $405.
How long does a Gold Party Chicago event last?
Gold Party Chicago event will last about 23 hours.
We will work with each guest privately to appraise their jewelry.
Allow a bit more time for a larger crowd.
Who should I invite to my Gold Party Chicago event?
Invite friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and those quirky guys and gals from your book club. It's a great chance for all of your circles to meet and mingle.
Our most successful events are parties with 1520 guests.
The number of guests that attend is important, but so is the quality of gold, silver, or platinum jewelry your guests bring to sell.
What if some people can't attend my Gold Party Chicago event?
They can still sell, too. Ask for a photocopy of their driver's license or state issued ID card, full legal name, mailing address, contact phone number, and email address.
We will appraise their items and contact them directly with our offer. If they accept, we'll issue them a check, and you still receive 10%.
I have some old jewelry I want to sell, but I don't want to throw a party.
Will Gold Party Chicago still buy from me?
Stop worrying, of course we will. Our sister company is Joseph Ford Jewelry Exchange. These expert precious metal buyers will give you top dollar for your items, even without a party.
Visit Joseph Ford Jewelry Exchange for more information.
What other items does Gold Party Chicago buy besides gold, silver, and platinum jewelry?
Gold Party Chicago also buys scrap gold, coins and coin collections, silver flatware, fine Swiss timepieces, diamonds, and even gold teeth.
Sometimes a girl even gets tired of her best friend. For diamonds, bring any certification paperwork or receipts from the original purchase. It's not required, but it will help insure an accurate appraisal and a quick transaction.
Bring any item, even if you're unsure of its worth.
I'm not sure if some of my jewelry is real gold. Can I test it myself?
Sure. Take a magnet from your refrigerator and run it over your jewelry. Gold doesn't contain any magnetic properties, so if your jewelry is attracted to the magnet, then it isn't gold, silver, or platinum.
If you're still not sure, bring your item to the party. Gold Party Chicago will test and appraise your jewelry for you.
I've seen other gold buying companies, like the ones you send gold to.
Is Gold Party Chicago different?
Yes. Gold Party Chicago has the experience nearly 30 years, purchasing precious metals, diamonds, and rare coins and the experts Gold Party Chicago works with certified gemologists and numismatists to guarantee an accurate appraisal and fair payout.
Just ask one of our past Gold Party Chicago hosts. You'll find their recommendations on our Endorsements page.
This sounds great, but is it legal?
Yes, absolutely. Your Gold Party Chicago event is private and not open to the public. We also take added precautions to verify all guests' identification and notify the police of our presence.
Each guest receives a written receipt and payment is in the form of a corporate check.
Gold Party Chicago is a licensed, bonded, and insured subsidiary of Evaluation & Recovery Advisors, Inc. Some state and local statutes require written verification or copies of transaction receipts, and we'll gladly provide that information upon request.
How can I get an idea of what my items might be worth?
Our purchases at Gold Party Chicago are based on the spot prices of gold, silver, and platinum listed on the New York Stock Exchange. You can click here to view the spot price of all precious metals, in real time.
The price you receive is based on the total percentage of gold, silver, or platinum in your jewelry. All weights are by the gram, based on one Troy ounce.
Thanks for answering my questions. Now how do I get a Gold Party started?
It's easy as pie. Sign up online by clicking on our nifty button, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 877-4gold-04!
*To qualify for referral fee, party must be booked during your party, or referral must be confirmed at the time of party booking.