Test Your Gold; Don’t Be Taken For a Fool

 In the market today, there are many types of karats of gold that can be found in jewelry. You will want to perform gold testing prior to deciding to sell any specific items. The test kits that can be purchased are relatively cheap and can give you an idea of the karat amount your jewelry is made from.   Without testing your gold, you may be tricked into selling a high quality piece of gold jewelry for the price of a much cheaper quality. Test your own items and be sure of the karat that exists.
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Conclusively Test your Gold First!

Sometimes, you simply need a magnifying glass to determine the karats present on a piece of jewelry, but sometimes the jewelry is not marked. You may also have a filling that will not show any karat markings. You can also use the Moh’s scale to determine the hardness of the gold, which should be 2.5 to 3 on the scale. Glass is classified as an 8 on the scale, so try to scratch glass with gold and you will fail unless the gold is not real. After these minimally invasive procedures, you will want to conclusively test the gold with a suggested kit found below.

Gold Testing Methods

One type of gold testing method is called the acid test. This test is usually composed of nitric acid and is used in conjunction with a flint-like stone, usually made from novaculite. The acid tests are found in separate karat weight bottles for 10K (karats), 14K, 18K, 22K, and 24K. Some kits even come with a scale to measure the actual ounces of gold present. The acid test works by taking the jewelry and rubbing it on the stone. Residual metal will be placed on the stone. Then you will start with the lowest quality acid, 10K and see if there is a reaction on the stone. If not, that means the gold can withstand that level of acid, so climb up the scale to the 14K. If there is a reaction with the 14K, brownish color, you can assume the value of the jewelry is one step down, so 10K in this example. . If the gold is tested and starts to give a green color, than it is a base metal or it is just gold-plated. If the testing of the gold shows a milky residue, this implies that it is gold-plated sterling silver. This type of gold testing is pretty accurate and what jewelers and dealers in the industry will use to type jewelry. [easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B005VEG5T0″ cloaking=”default” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”buysellgoldsiver-20″]Another gold testing kit that does not involve acid is the Skey test. This test does not use acid, but uses a pen. Use the pen to go over the jewelry in a straight light four times. Then immediately draw a line on white paper. If the gold is low quality and less than 10K, the line will turn light brown to green within seconds. If the value is 10K, it will turn light brown and stay that color. If the gold is 14K, the line will turn dark brown. If the gold is 18K, the line turns orange, then yellow for 22K, and red for the highest level of pure gold called, 24K. If no line is detected, there is not gold present and you may have encountered fool’s gold. This type of test is safer than the older acid tests and just as effective in giving accurate results.

Get Value for Your Gold

Gold testing is imperative if you are planning on selling gold and obtaining the proper value for this gold. Try and look at the gold with a magnifying glass to visualize any markings indicating what karat of gold you have. Sometimes, the amount of gold found in your item will be less than pure, so 18K gold is 6 points lower than 24K, meaning that 6 parts of the gold is another metal and 18 parts are pure gold. The higher the karat of gold means the more valuable the gold. Try and test all types of gold you have and divide them in piles and get their weight you so you can obtain proper quotes for their value based on the karat and the weight of the pile. Gold testing is a great way to ensure you are paid what you deserve.