Real gold is caught to a magnet
For thousands of years, precious metals have been used for all sorts of purposes from decoration to medical applications. Many modern alternatives are available, such as synthetic gems an alloy made from nickel and iron.
However, there’s one metal that has always remained at or near the top of most people’s wish lists – silver.
Its metallic appearance fits in with both old and new styles, it conducts heat very efficiently and its antimicrobial properties make it popular with cosmetics manufacturers.
Silver is also naturally abundant, which puts it ahead of other commonly-used materials like copper and zinc.
But how do you know what quality of silver you’re buying?
Lab tests can tell you some information, but purchasing decisions need to be based on your knowledge and experience of the market too.
By having an understanding of industrial standards, lab results and consumer expectations, you will be able to get good quality silver without breaking the bank.
Real gold sticks to a magnet
Although it is not easy to pull real gold off of iron, there are ways to make this happen. The only problem with using metal detectors for finding valuable diamonds or other precious metals is that they’re usually very expensive.
But you can find out for free whether your jewelry is made from real gold by throwing it in water. If it floats, it’s plastic; otherwise, it’s solid silver wrapped in tissue paper.
However, even antique coins can be fake if one does an online search. There are all sorts of scenarios which confirm what many people already suspect: Silver is used as a commodity at least as often as it is used as currency.
That being said, there are plenty of reasons why you should still invest in quality copper products. Even though copper is more frequently used as a construction material than as a currency, it has long been valued for its beauty and durability.
Copper items can also make great gifts because they match any budget. Plus, you’ll probably end up owning something beautiful instead of letting someone buy it from you.
Pick your favorite color
There’s a pretty wide variety of ways to decorate plastic cards, but one thing they all have in common is the use of epoxy resins.
These days, you can find epoxies for crafting in nearly any cosmetic store–and that’s because they’re incredibly popular. Epoxy is often used as a binding agent, so it can easily be worked with to create beautiful decorations.
You probably already have some idea why they work well for this process — due to its sticky nature, it stays put very firmly. But did you know there are applications where epoxy makes for an ideal material when you need something stronger than rubber?
That would be magnetic fields, which is how magnets work. Magnets make use of magnetic dipoles, single atoms that act like tiny bar magnet pieces. When two such bits meet, their north and south poles face each other, creating a pull between them.
In order to attract or repel other objects, these polarities must alternate above and below the line connecting both particles. This creates a push or pull vector field that acts over time to draw two pieces of iron or another ferromagnetic object toward each other.
Now, understand that this only works with certain shapes and sizes… because otherwise more of the magnet isn’t exposed to the metal. A rectangle won’t pull itself away from a square!
Find out how much gold is in a coin
While rare coins are beautiful for collectors, they may be very expensive and not that easy to sell- especially if you want to put them up for auction. What many people don’t realize is that most modern coins contain little or no real metal value at all!
Gold mining companies use the word “gold” in their name because it helps them attract investors, but silver has actually been the more popular mineral since ancient times. Today, copper is easier to find in larger quantities and at higher levels of purity.
But even though it’s not as precious, people still go looking for silver every day. Between 1981 and 1983, for example, over two million ounces of gold were removed from circulation and held by one bank alone (Panasonic)!
The government encourages people to invest in certified gold savings accounts, which can earn money easily without any risk.
How to clean your gold
Most people try at least briefly to test whether something is real gold. After all, it’s an easy way to tell if you have some expensive jewelry that isn’t actually made of gold.
There are several ways to check out a piece for purity level, but most people choose to use their sense of smell.
If you aren’t already, begin by letting the jewel sniff his or her self-massage oil (shea butter is a great choice). Then, pick up the stone using your fingertips, which will prevent any direct contact with your hands.
The scent should be very strong against your palm. If it is, then keep going; if not, stop! The gem may just have a cheap coating.
Next, place the rock onto your thumb. Make sure the diamond setting is facing down. Run the back of your thumbnail along the groove in the bottom of the ring.
Once you get the hang of it, you can also do the rest of the rings. Just make sure they face downward so there’s less surface area for your hand to grab on to.
Also, doing this could potentially damage the ring. Avoid getting anything stuck in the crevices. Instead, just wipe away any excess debris.
Avoid the yellow metal
There’s a saying in real estate: “All that glitters is not gold….”
That means that, appearance-wise, something may seem like it’s worth more than it really is.
For example, you might see a shiny new car sitting out on the street with no license plate. You might hear someone talking about how rich their friend is who bought that car. But we all know what cars are made of—metal—and what they cost to make/find transport for.
Maybe the sticker price was high, but people are buying those cars at a discounted rate. But what good does having cash do them now? They can either put up the money as an investment or spend it on another item they could need from the store.
In other words, is there actual value being added by using another product (i.e., driving home in the car) to complete a transaction (buying the vehicle)? Or is this just shopping behavior?
Another situation where this applies is when looking at a house. The house may look very small on the picture posted online, but once you go inside and take into account the size and style of the room, it may actually be larger than its neighbor.
There also seems to be a growing trend of listing houses with problems that need repair– should she want to sell—the potential buyer will find faults that maybe only she knew about
Know your gold alloys
There are many different types of metals that can be combined with other materials to create golden jewelry. The most common type of metal used in gold products is 22-karat (22K) silver, which means it contains about 24% copper and 8% zinc.
Other terms you may see for sterling silver items include “imitation” or “faux” gold, which refers to their lack of real ingredients.
Alloying comes from two main sources: nickel and palladium.
Nickel is a chemical element with the symbol Ni and atomic number 28. It is what gives stainless steel its lasting quality by aligning atoms to make them harder and more resistant to damage.
Palladium is a rare natural phenomenon made only of tiny pieces of a single atom. It is found in small amounts in some rocks and has been clogging our lungs since we discovered how to remove it from gases around us.
Know the purity level of your gold
Most dealers in used or vintage goods prefer not to exchange coins for money, as they often lose quite a lot of coins during each transaction.
For instance, during one trade someone may accidently acquire two totally different looking coins that are both worth far more than what was paid.When these traders compare the metal content of their coins they realize that their treasures are much less valuable than they appeared.
At this point many dealers choose to either return the item to the store with the damaged coin or swap the whole coin set for another coin that has similar traits.This is why you frequently see retailers offer extra coins at no additional cost when you purchase something from them.
Networking is an excellent way to get deals on items that you want but can’t afford.If you know people who have extensive ecommerce sites, social media pages, or other ways to distribute coupons and offers, consider paying them cash instead of giving them credit until you feel she would never take it again.Many deal seekers pursue local merchants that operate under single business name structures.By buying in bulk, you receive discounts upward of 10 percent off the standard price.
Feel the weight
A real gold ring can make your heart beat faster, feel more emotional even. If you’re not sure if it’s a fake, try holding it in your hand; see how the shape of the ring feels. Then put some metal tape onto it—a store bought version of adhesion.
The harder the magnet pulls you, the bigger price tag you’ll get.
A lot of people prefer metal rings over diamonds because they feel that the diamond was dragged down through the layers of rock during formation, but most metals are formed via solid state crystallization, which is completely different.
See where the grain flows towards under magnification.
Magnification allows you to see further details such as this micro-graphy showing ferritin protein particles integrated within the crystal structure. Though we may have difficulty resolving very small objects on an electron microscope scale (usually obtained using a scanning EM), macro lenses allow us to distinguish boundaries and bubbles in crystal formations.
We also know from studies conducted by Dr Rhonda Schaller at the Institute for Social Sciences with Special Needs Children that higher magnifications lead to more accurate sensory perception. This links to what I describe below…