How is an acid-scratch test performed?

The subject of testing gold for karat and genuineness has come up in a few recent blogs, and I keep mentioning the “acid-scratch” test as being one of the most reliable (of course, any test is only as reliable as the skills of the person performing it). It occurs to me that not everyone will know what the test involves, and that because of the name there might be concern about what...

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Not all gold jewellery is gold

Gold jewelry is expensive, especially these days. The high price of pure gold coupled with design, manufacture and distribution costs makes buying gold jewelry a luxury, AND a frequent target for gold fraud. To the inexperienced and trusting, it is easy to pass of a low karat gold as something higher, or even to pass off non-valuable metals as gold! The following tips can help you not to be...

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