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Gold testing method


#1

Our store buys old gold rings, chains, etc. every day from
customers. Then we send the gold to our refinery for a cash
settlement (usually once a month). I guess I am ‘old school’ when it
comes to testing gold. We read the stamps, feel the weight, look at
the color, and sometimes use acid. We always have a percentage of
error but it is very small. Today I read an article in a trade
journal about the electronic gold testers. One was in the $400 range
and one in the $90 range. What I would like to know is, are the
electronic testers reliable and worth the money?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
Dale Pavatte
Diamonds For You, Decherd, TN


#2

I have a small jewelry store which is going through the same hard
times as everyone. I have read several articles on stores that have
had some success buying gold. What is a fair rate to pay when buying
gold and what is a good testing method? Are the battery operated
testers that give karat accurate or if not what is recommended?

thanks Dave Owen


#3
One was in the $400 range and one in the $90 range. What I would
like to know is, are the electronic testers reliable and worth the
money? 

I was looking at hand held metal testers, they worked by using a
special laser (well that was the impression I got), they were very
accurate, but they were thousands of dollars.

Regards Charles A.


#4

Stuller carries two gold testers that do not use gel or acid… we
have had excellent results from customer on both. You can see them
on the web-site… We also have the Mizar tester which uses a liquid…
and is in the lower price point. If I can answer any question…
please contact me…

Andy “The Tool Guy” Kroungold