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Frequently Asked Questions
It can be difficult to know if your items contain gold, silver or platinum. But, don't worry, there are a couple of things you can do to determine your item's metal type. Don't be discouraged if you cannot find a specific marking or the test you are performing does not work. You are not a trained professional jewelry - we are! Remember, we will happily do all these tests for you at our secure facility - for free! All you need to do is complete the form and request an Appraisal Kit today. In addition to looking for hallmarks, another way you can test your item is with the magnet test. A refrigerator magnet may not be strong enough so we recommend a stronger magnet that you can find at your local hardware store. Gold is not magnetic so if the magnet attracts the jewelry, your item does not contain solid gold, silver or platinum.
Gold, just the word brings to mind value, rarity, wealth, beauty and jewelry. But what is gold? Yes the scientists tell us gold is an element with the chemical symbol Au.
It is easy to get confused and intimidated by all the terminology that gets thrown around when you're standing at the fine jewelry counter. Maybe you're shopping for your engagement ring or wedding band, or maybe you're just working on your dream list. Whatever the reason may be you need to know what metal is best for you, not just what sounds best. Here is a brief explanation of some of those questions you may have been afraid to ask. What is the difference between yellow gold and white gold? Are they two different metals?