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Step 2 - Valuation
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We use the best and most state of the art equipment in Boise. With our handheld XRF Analyzer, we X-Ray your gold, silver, and determine the exact breakdown of metals. This process causes no harm to your item.
$384 per ounce
Gold had fallen
$603 per ounce
The average price is up
$968 per ounce
Reached its all time high
$1,664 per ounce
Gold prices top a fresh record
$1,284 per ounce
August closes with a rise.
We provide you with certified
results and an official Cash offer for your gold
and other precious metals
Computer Board Testing
We are not currently practicing this method, but our recommendation for a tool would be a Precious Metal Verifier Pro. This is Density / Mass. Through precision weighing, you can quickly and reliably screen out 95% of the fakes that are out there in the market.
We have a TM8812 Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge for this process. Despite precision mass measurement, test results can be misled by high-quality fakes made of advanced composite bars and alloys. Metals with similar densities can exhibit very different ultrasonic properties, therefore making ultrasonics an excellent complement to the density test. By complementing precision weighing and Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement (UTM), it is extremely difficult for a fake bar to pass both tests. Ultrasonics tests measure a whole range of properties. Celerity is the velocity at which sound waves travel through the metal. The Celerity of every element is characteristic to that element and can vary greatly: Silver: 3,650 meters / second Gold: 3,240 meters / second Tungsten: 5,174 meters / second (approx. 38% different from gold) Platinum: 3,260 meters / second For example, a typical 10 oz Credit Suisse gold bar that is 8mm in thickness would give a reading of approximately 8mm in an ultrasonics measurement. If it was a gold-plated tungsten bar, the ultrasonics measurement would read only 5.0 mm. This is because sound waves travel at a much faster velocity (see above) through tungsten therefore resulting in a much lower reading. UTM can also be used to detect hollow areas inside the bar. (sited from: www.silverbullion.com)
We use a NITON XRF XL2 for this process (only at our Fairview Location) X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry, or XRF in short. This is a technology used to quickly and reliably identify the metals present in a sample as well as measure its purity. Results can be obtained reliably within 20 seconds of testing with up to 0.01% accuracy. Although extremely powerful in detecting surface compositions, it is important to note that XRF spectrometry is a surface composition analysis. Most of these cannot penetrate beyond the immediate subsurface (~20 microns). Our Tester can penetrate up to 150 microns on gold!
We use a Kee M-509GM for measuring the resitance (All Locations) and Sigma PMV. We use both of these to measure the metal and ensure that the metal matches the electrical characteristics that would be expected of it.
We use at all Locations if needed. The purer the gold, the stronger the acid required to dissolve it. Measured strengths of nitric acid are used to test for 14k and lower. Aqua regia, a mixture of one part nitric acid and three parts hydrochloric acid, is used to test higher karat purity through the process of comparison and elimination.
We strongly believe in transparency in our process with customers. Our company motto is “People Taking Care of People”.
There are several ways to evaluate gold and precious metals. We choose to authenticated through DUX Bullion Authentication (Density, Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement and X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry), and ECM (Electrical Conductivity Measurement) standards. At times not all of these methods can be conducted, depending on if the gold is set in jewelry, a coin authenticated and through thin packaging. Note: We are not currently using the density method, as we are using 3 other steps explained at the bottom of this page.
- Weight: During this processes we use our precision scale to determine the weight of the item or items.
- Karat: We utilize our State of the art Niton X-ray fluorescence spectrometers (XRF), a Kee Electronic Tester or an Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement (UTM) tool. At times we may utilize the standard Acid Test, but only in rare cases or at our smaller locations. Depending on the level of authentication needed, we have the ability to utilize every tool necessary, or outsource a portion of this to a local partnership.
- Valuation: We look up live market value and make an offer depending on your needs, or produce a certified report for valuation (Certified Reports Coming Soon – December).
“Gold, along with silver, has long been known as the primary means of real money. For thousands of years, gold has been used in trade. It is real, scarce, cannot be artificially reproduced, and has inherent value. Gold has stood the test of time more than any other form of currency. You won’t find any other paper money that was around hundreds of years ago, but you will see that gold is just as in demand now as it was then.” Reference: https://www.jmbullion.com/gold/