Have you ever bought a gold chain that you thought was a real but a few months later it started turning green or some other non-gold color? This happens a lot. People think they are getting a good deal on a solid gold chain but in reality they are getting taken for a ride by unscrupulous salesperson selling cheap fake gold chains. Below you’ll learn one easy method you can use to save money on your jewelry purchases and ensure any gold chains you buy in the future are made of the real thing.
Gold chains are a popular accessory for men and women alike, young and old included. It’s a fashion statement that isn’t likely to go out of style any time soon. But, depending on the type of chain style you’re interested in, it can be quite expensive to buy a new gold chain. As a result, many buyers try to save money by buying used gold jewelry on the secondary market. This is how most people end up with cheap fake chains. The best way to avoid fake chains is by buying from reputable jewelry dealers.
Legitimate jewelry dealers can be found in most every town at shopping malls or plaza strips. These businesses would not survive by selling fake gold chains, so the odds of you getting one by purchasing at one of these locations is pretty slim. To better your odds, buy from a jeweler that has been around for a long time, because, as stated before, if they were selling fake jewelry they would’ve been out of business long ago. If you can’t afford to buy new from a jewelry store, consider buying from a pawn shop.
Pawn shops have gotten a bad reputation over the years, but most pawn shops operate legitimately these days, and aren’t out to take advantage of anyone. Because much of their business success is based solely on their reputation, they aren’t likely to sell you fake jewelry without you knowing about it. Therefore, any gold chains they have are most likely to be real if they say they are. Further, jewelry sold at pawnshops will almost always be significantly cheaper than new jewelry that is sold at jewelry stores.
Another way to save money on gold chains is by buying from places like Craigslist, eBay, and even yard sales. But you must be careful. Though you can save a lot of money on your purchases via these methods, you are much more likely to come across fake gold jewelry from these places, so you must protect yourself when buying. The best way to do this is with a gold testing kit.
Gold testing kits can usually be purchased at jewelry stores and even big-box shopping stores like Wal-Mart. They are also available online, and usually cost under $20. These kits usually contain nitric acid and hydrochloric acid that react a certain way with different metals, and a black rubbing stone.
The testing process is simple. First you rub the gold on the black rubbing stone, which leaves a small sample of gold on the stone. Then a small drop of nitric acid is applied to the sample. If the sample dissolves, it is not real gold. If the sample remains however, you would then apply a small drop of hydrochloric acid and nitric acid combined. If the sample dissolves now, the gold is most likely real.
After reading this article, you now know how to buy gold safely. If you apply the simple test described in this article, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting taken when buying any used gold.