How we test your items
Precise Testing is Fundamental for High Payouts
Precision is critical for both the seller and the buyer. For you as a seller, a precise analysis guarantees you’ll get paid top dollar, and for us as the buyer, imprecision could result in high losses. If you’ve ever been to a pawn shop or a smaller gold-buying operation, you may have seen folks using acid to test your items, or they may not test them all before they make you an offer. They can do that, as they usually pay only between 40% and 60% of your items’ real value, so losses are included in their low offers. We pay a whopping 90% to 95% of your items’ real value, with no room for error. Our razor-thin profit margin requires us to work on a top-notch testing scale.
An XRF machine like this costs around $50,000, and most buying operations don’t have the financial ability to buy two or three machines for testing purposes. Working with us means working with a company using high-tech equipment for testing.
Energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence technology offers the simplest, most precise way to determine the chemical composition of precious metals. It’s a non-destructive and extremely reliable method, requiring very little to no testing preparation. We can determine the composition of precious metal alloys in less than 60 seconds. We can authenticate jewelry, watches, coins, and melted precious metals. We can also detect plating on gold alloys.
The XRF machine will tell us exactly what percent gold, silver, platinum, copper, zinc, or iron can be found in a given item.
In use for: jewelry, coins, bars, nuggets, etc.
The magnetic scale is able to detect tungsten cores in coins, bars, and jewelry. It is a non-destructive way to check if a tested item shows diamagnetism or magnetism.
Electromagnetic waves penetrate deeply into the item to be tested. Plating is largely ignored, and the main core of the metal assessed.
Our microscope is critical for examining diamonds, gemstones, fine jewelry, and watches. It is an extremely important tool, which is why we have seven different microscopes in use.