Originated From
AOL Search


what do pawn shops use to test gold?

Liked this question? Tell your friends about it

3 Answers

Order by
Oldest to Newest
Newest to Oldest

Usually they use a nitric acid mixture to determine if the metal is gold. Base metals will bubble while gold will not. They have various strenghts of acid to determine whether it is 24K, 18K, 14K, 10K etc. The acid will not harm the gold although it will turn base metals black if not wiped off quickly.

Life is a one lap race. Make many pitstops.

Most pawn shops do NOT have a jeweler on the job. They may have the old guy who has been around the longest who acts as the expert when someone brings in a piece of jewelry, but he still isn't a jeweler. That said, some pawn shops truly do have a jeweler on the job. Ask. 

Most of the times they will simply be looking at the stamps on the inside of the ring band or necklace hasp looking for 10, 14, 18, 22 K. They then can determine based upon weight, the amount of actual gold contained in a piece of jewelry. If you bring in gold nuggets or gold dust, they will rely on the look of the gold and ask you in what region the gold was found. There is an acid test that can be done to simply assure the nuggets are gold, but it isn't going to be done very often unless you have  a large quantity. 

The best rule of thumb is, pawn shops are in the business of making money by giving you a lowball offer on the item or hoping if they loan to you you aren't going to come back. This is not the place to bring your gold to by any means. Take it to a jeweler or better yet, a coin shop where you will be paid according to the daily spot gold prices. A pawn shop will try to get as much as they can for themselves. A jeweler will give you close to the value and if it's jewelry will likely pay you for the item based on it's actual jewelry value. A coin dealer will be buying for the gold and will pay you the daily spot price minus a very small handling fee.  

I may not be Mr. Know It All, but I knew him well and he taught me much.

1. Using small quantity of Acid to test (rub) the gold into the black stone, small scar appear to the gold to ensure the gold is not fake or replica.

2. Gold weight scale measure.

3. Gold Tester (Electronic Gold Tester)

4. Scope lens 

5. By nature; Smell (usually fake gold smell strong metal)   


Thank you ;)

<a href="" rel="nofollow" cl="http://www.11.com.my/" class="comlink">www.11.com.my</a>

Related Questions

Other people asked questions on similar topics, check out the answers they received:

Asked: Yukon gold potatoes became molded soon after ...

yukon gold potatoes became molded soon after purcase. would like credit for the potatoes, paid 4.99 from King KULLEN, My email address is zflowermom@aol.com. Martha Zaretsky

Asked: Gold faberge numbered egg stands are they made of ...

gold faberge numbered egg stands are they made of solid gold or are they gold plate

Asked: Wher to buy gold testing kit

wher to buy gold testing kit

Be The First To Answer

Other people asked questions on various topics, and are still waiting for answer. Would be great if you can take a sec and answer them

Ask a Question... We'll forward it to people who know

More Questions

How much is 14k and 10k gold worth a gram right now in 2011?

There's just one problem with a blanket question and a blanket answer. The price of gold changes daily. In the 2 months since this answer you got the price has changed from $1495 an ounce to $1526. It can go up and down by a couple hundred dollars at a moments notice. If you have gold you are ...

How do you tell platinum from white gold or silver?

Contrary to popular belief, platinum can be scratched on the surface, but the roughened texture forms a dark patina that looks good after several years. The platinum band remains as thick as it was at the start although its shape may have changed through the years. Meanwhile, gold is easily ...


Gold have always been a good investment. You can invest on gold no matter what the economical situation is. If you want to buy gold, try this site Gold Jewellery

Todays gold price per ounce

Gold prices has increased about 30% since this question was asked. Here is latest update of precious metals prices . this is free daily metals prices update.