If you have real gold – even scrap gold – you might be surprised by how much a local pawn shop can give you for it. That is assuming that it is real. You might wonder: How do I know for sure if it is real? The easiest way is to come to visit us for an appraisal. If you want to do a few tests on your own first, you can learn how to do so below. Then contact GNJ Pawn Big at (661) 224-1999 with any questions.
Check for a Stamp
In many cases, there will a stamp on the gold, known in the business as a Hallmark. The designer often places these stamps when they create pieces. It will be very small and note that karat. For example, a 24-karat ring will say 24K on it somewhere. Look everywhere – even on the clasp of a bracelet. If you do not see one, that does not mean that it is not gold. If you do see one, it is still possible that it is a good fake but in all likelihood it is gold.
Try the Ceramic Test
This is not a good option if you have jewelry that you do not want to be scratched. However, if you are dealing with scrap gold or a bar of gold, try scraping it across a ceramic tile or ceramic plate. If gold stays on the plate then it is very likely real gold. Metals covered in gold, or gold-like substances, generally will not scrape off gold coloring in this type of test.
Any Discoloration Should Be Noted
Items that are only covered in gold discolor over time. Sometimes they rust. Neither of these issues is a problem with gold. It does not rust, it will not turn green, and it will discolor. If you have something that has done any of this, or has left your finger green where you were wearing it, then it is not real gold.
Use the Magnet Test
Many metals are indeed magnetic. Gold is not on that list. Technically it is considered a magnetic metal but it is a very small amount that causes it to fail the magnet test. This test involves taking a magnet and putting it near the “gold.” If the magnet and the gold do not react to each other then it is likely gold. If they do then it is not gold.
Get the Opinion of a Professional
Of course, the simplest option is for you to contact GNJ Pawn Big at (661) 224-1999 or stop by. We can assess your piece and offer a dollar amount to buy the piece or to offer a pawn loan.