How Do You Know Your Precious Metal is Precious?

precious metalBeing in the jewelry buying business, I buy a lot of gold.  But, before I buy any gold, I do two things.  First, I look for a quality mark with my loupe and then I test it with our gold tester to see if the purity of the metal matches the stamp on the gold.  I realize that not everyone has a gold tester, and sometimes you might find a 14 kt stamp on an item that is not really 14 karat gold, so it’s important to know how to tell if your precious metal is really precious. [Read more...]