A jewellers worn-out carpet is set to be valued at thousands of pounds after gathering specks of gold dust and and platinum for the past 15 years.
Aurum of Jersey, in St Helier, Jersey, has decided to replace its workshop carpet, which will be sent to a bullion merchants and burnt. The left over gold, platinum and silver will be weighed and its monetary value will be returned to the store.
The company has now launched a competition in which people can guess the value of the metals in the carpet, with the total amount being paid to a local charity of the winner’s choice.
Director Richard Blampied told the Mirror: “The carpet is cleaned regularly, but with people walking over it all day there is quite a bit of dust and shreddings trodden into it which don’t come out through normal cleaning.
“So when we replace the carpet we send it off to the bullion merchants who then return the value of the metals found in the carpet to us.”
He added that he didn’t want to give away the value too easily, but last time the company sent the carpet away the amount it got back was a “four figure one”.
Aurum of Jersey also said it had recently got back £530 after cleaning out a tank underneath the workshop’s wash basin.