Get cash for gold. Gold has shot up to more than $1,000 an ounce, which means you can unload unwanted bling at a fast profit — if you do it right. Check your drawers and jewelry box for plain chains, rings, and bracelets. “Gold buyers usually don’t care about the workmanship,” says Leigh Leshner, author of Secrets to Collecting Jewelry. “They’re just going to melt it down.” Find a specialty or estate jeweler for a unique piece; you’ll get closer to full value for it.