A jewellery workshop’s old carpet is set to be valued at thousands of pounds after gathering specks of gold and platinum for the last 15 years.
Aurum Jewellers in St Helier decided to replace the worn-out carpet which was at the foot of seven workstations where craftsmen made jewellery using the metals.
The Jersey jewellers plans to send the carpet to a bullion merchants where it will be burned and the gold, platinum and silver can be returned to the shop.
But the monetary value of the metals collected is to be donated to charity after the business said it would allow the winner of a competition to choose the charity.
Director Richard Blampied and his daughter who run the business, launched the competition on its Facebook page where people try to guess the value of the metals on the carpet.
Blampied also recently hauled £530 worth of metals after cleaning out a tank underneath the workshop’s wash basin.
He 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.
Blampied spoke to the staff and decided this time it would like to donate the money to charity, the Mirror reported.
He continued: “It’s not money that we have lost or missed out on and so the person that can guess the closest to the value of the gold, platinum and silver in the carpet can pick a registered charity which we will donate 100 per cent of the money to.
“I don’t want to give away the value too easily, but certainly last time we sent the carpet away the amount we got back was a four figure one.”