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    Retired Air Force, unfortunately still working

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    Has this ever happened to you?

    I went to a jeweler to get a gold chain I bought at a yard sale appraised. After he kept insisting it was plated, he finally tested it with Nitric acid. When he didn't get a response from the chain, he then tested the clasp, getting a very mild reaction after almost a minute of waiting for the reaction (clear with a slight green tinge). Now I thought the clasp would most likely be plated, apparently heavily so. However, he still insists the chain is plated.

    Now, any thoughts on this?

    Have you had this happen to you?

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    Sarcastic Smartass

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    Re: Has this ever happened to you?

    I would suggest you take it someplace and have it shortened just a tiny bit to see what's inside it.

    Or find someone with a very precise scale that can check it's weight against it's mass to see if it's gold.
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    Retired Air Force, unfortunately still working

    Apr 2007
    Moses Lake, WA
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    193 times

    Re: Has this ever happened to you?

    a picture of the necklace in question. Gonna take it to a pawn shop and have them test it.
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    Re: Has this ever happened to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lasivian
    I would suggest you take it someplace and have it shortened just a tiny bit to see what's inside it.

    Or find someone with a very precise scale that can check it's weight against it's mass to see if it's gold.
    This can't be done easily unless you leave the planet. I think you should be talking about density which is mass(or weight on earth)/volume but this is not practical either.
    As you said MRBeyer , a pawn shop is best as they will have an electro-conductivity tester or with experience will know just by holding it.
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    Sarcastic Smartass

    May 2003
    Spokane, Washington
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    Re: Has this ever happened to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by pigiron
    Quote Originally Posted by Lasivian
    I would suggest you take it someplace and have it shortened just a tiny bit to see what's inside it.

    Or find someone with a very precise scale that can check it's weight against it's mass to see if it's gold.
    This can't be done easily unless you leave the planet. I think you should be talking about density which is mass(or weight on earth)/volume but this is not practical either.
    Yes, I meant weight versus volume. My bad.
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    Ace250man

    Jul 2004
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    Re: Has this ever happened to you?

    maybe the jeweler was trying to rip you off?
    take it to a reputable jeweler !!
    ALLEN

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    Jul 2005
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    Re: Has this ever happened to you?

    Take it to a VERY reputable jeweler and ask them for an estimate to lengthen it for you.
    Decline the offer and ask them to buy it from you.
    Or vice-versa.
    Do this with 2-3 jewelers and see what they say.

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    my favourite food is witchetty grubs

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    Re: Has this ever happened to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by allen
    maybe the jeweler was trying to rip you off?
    take it to a reputable jeweler !!
    That's the understatement of the year; and
    A reputable Jeweller:
    I AM A REPUTABLE JEWELLER
    come in and be suckered
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