Cash for Gold? Separate Gold-Plated from Gold

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If you arent planning to find a gold professional to appraise your scrap gold, there are a few do it yourself ways you can use to help decipher real gold from gold-plated.

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  • 1. Separate Gold-Plated from GoldSeparate Gold-Plated from Gold SILVER AND GOLD EXCHANGE LLC silverandgoldexchange.com SILVER AND GOLD EXCHANGE LLC silverandgoldexchange.com Cash for Gold?Cash for Gold?

2. You have gathered your scrap gold andYou have gathered your scrap gold and are ready to turn it into cash, but notare ready to turn it into cash, but not quite sure what it would be worth.quite sure what it would be worth. 3. You shouldnt gamble the real worth of your gold treasureYou shouldnt gamble the real worth of your gold treasure if youre uncertain if its the real deal or gold-plated.if youre uncertain if its the real deal or gold-plated. If you arent planning to find a gold professional toIf you arent planning to find a gold professional to appraise your scrap gold, there are a few do it yourselfappraise your scrap gold, there are a few do it yourself ways you can use to help decipher real gold from gold-ways you can use to help decipher real gold from gold- plated.plated. 4. Check for any would-be official markings that eitherCheck for any would-be official markings that either reveal the karat (10k, 12k ) or the fineness of the item (1-reveal the karat (10k, 12k ) or the fineness of the item (1- 999). These markings are rather small and a999). These markings are rather small and a magnifying glass will come in handy.magnifying glass will come in handy. Sounds easy but this method isnt very reliable sinceSounds easy but this method isnt very reliable since counterfeits can have similar markings. You might want tocounterfeits can have similar markings. You might want to conduct further testing.conduct further testing. Gold MarkingsGold Markings 5. Check for any would-be official markings that eitherCheck for any would-be official markings that either reveal the karat (10k, 12k ) or the fineness of the item (1-reveal the karat (10k, 12k ) or the fineness of the item (1- 999). These markings are rather small and a999). These markings are rather small and a magnifying glass will come in handy.magnifying glass will come in handy. Sounds easy but this method isnt very reliable sinceSounds easy but this method isnt very reliable since counterfeits can have similar markings. You might want tocounterfeits can have similar markings. You might want to conduct further testing.conduct further testing. Gold MarkingsGold Markings 6. Be on the look out for any changes in appearanceBe on the look out for any changes in appearance especially in color.especially in color. Pure gold, no matter how often it is used and regardlessPure gold, no matter how often it is used and regardless of how much friction it encounters, should notof how much friction it encounters, should not change color.change color. If you an underlying second color, the item is mostIf you an underlying second color, the item is most likely to be a gold-plate and not pure gold.likely to be a gold-plate and not pure gold. Gold AppearanceGold Appearance 7. Make a very microscopic scratch on the gold itemsMake a very microscopic scratch on the gold items surface. Apply a small amount of nitric acid on thesurface. Apply a small amount of nitric acid on the scratched area (make sure you wear protective gloves).scratched area (make sure you wear protective gloves). If you dont detect any reaction, you have pure gold inIf you dont detect any reaction, you have pure gold in your hands. However, should the surface change toyour hands. However, should the surface change to green, it is gold-plating.green, it is gold-plating. Do not forget to clean up your gold afterwards withDo not forget to clean up your gold afterwards with water as nitric acid can cause corrosion.water as nitric acid can cause corrosion. Gold Acid TestGold Acid Test 8. Pure gold is denser than most metals.Pure gold is denser than most metals. You can therefore weigh your items by using a scale.You can therefore weigh your items by using a scale. Put water into a small glass container with calibrationsPut water into a small glass container with calibrations (in millimeters).(in millimeters). Precisely mark readings before and after immersionPrecisely mark readings before and after immersion of item to obtain the weight difference. Standardof item to obtain the weight difference. Standard g/ml ratio for gold is 19 g/ml; with density beingg/ml ratio for gold is 19 g/ml; with density being calculated as mass/volume displaced.calculated as mass/volume displaced. Determine WeightDetermine Weight 9. run the gold item across the ceramic to see if itrun the gold item across the ceramic to see if it leaves a black mark.leaves a black mark. If no black mark is left, then probably your itemIf no black mark is left, then probably your item isnt pure gold. The problem using this type ofisnt pure gold. The problem using this type of testing is that it can easily scratch your gold.testing is that it can easily scratch your gold. Using An Unglazed CeramicUsing An Unglazed Ceramic 10. All the above gold detection processesAll the above gold detection processes have their own setbacks, therefore it ishave their own setbacks, therefore it is highly advisable to seek the advice of ahighly advisable to seek the advice of a professional for appropriate goldprofessional for appropriate gold appraisalappraisal SILVER AND GOLD EXCHANGE LLC silverandgoldexchange.com SILVER AND GOLD EXCHANGE LLC silverandgoldexchange.com