How can I tell if a necklace is real gold or not?

Other than forking out at a jewellers is there any way i can find out if a necklace is real gold or not?

It was sold to me as 9 carat but I'm not so sure,a hallmark on it states 925 which is the hallmark for silver isnt it??!

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Dodgy, 925 is the mark for sterling silver

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choc1969;3090455

Dodgy, 925 is the mark for sterling silver

yup but its def got a 925 hallmark although gold in colour

The third mark is 925 which proves that during testing the precious metal was 75 parts copper and 925 parts pure silver per thousand. Britannia silver has a content ratio of 42/958 but is by nature too soft a material to make everyday items from.

buckleandhide.co.uk/sil…htm

Looks like the gold is copper!

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2008-3/1301168/silver.JPG

Yup 925 means silver. Take it to pawn brokers and say u want to cash it in, when they say £XX say ill leave it. Get a free trade in valuation and you get to find out if its gold or silver.

You could pop into any jewwllers and they should just tell you, i think they only charge if you want a written valuation

Original Poster

I got it from ebay (yeah yeah should of known better!)
if i start a transaction dispute with paypal will i have to pay for a written valuation to prove its not gold?

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Mardyass;3090531

I got it from ebay (yeah yeah should of known better!)if i start a … I got it from ebay (yeah yeah should of known better!)if i start a transaction dispute with paypal will i have to pay for a written valuation to prove its not gold?



Contact the seller first and tell them you know its not gold - they may refund you rather than get a negative feedback

Mardyass;3090531

I got it from ebay (yeah yeah should of known better!)if i start a … I got it from ebay (yeah yeah should of known better!)if i start a transaction dispute with paypal will i have to pay for a written valuation to prove its not gold?



I would not think so. If you can get a closeup image of the mark it might help them. Surely they'll be on your side since it is a wrongly advertised item.

Gold is almost twice as dense as silver. That means that the same mass (weight) of silver will displace about twice as much water as gold.
Example
If you fill a glass to the brim with water and drop 4g silver (typical ring) in and repeat with 4g gold, the silver will displace more water because it is less dense.

Original Poster

ive tried contacting them and they dont reply to messages,another ebayer has sent me a message telling me theyre not gold at all and they fell for it too

Sounds like it is Vermeil, 925 silver plated with 9k gold, this sells for more or less the same price as silver not gold!

Sounds like it is Vermeil, 925 silver plated with 9k gold, this sells for … Sounds like it is Vermeil, 925 silver plated with 9k gold, this sells for more or less the same price as silver not gold!



I work for a Jeweller, if it is gold in colour but stamped 925 than I am 100% sure it is Silver with a gold plating. Some

Jewellery stores are starting to stock this type of jewellery now as it offers the heavy weight some people want, the gold colour they want but at a fraction of the cost, however any store selling this type of jewellery would have made sure the customer knows what they were purchasing.

I would suggest you do all you can with Paypal/Ebay to report the seller for false advertising and hopefully they may do something about it, do you have the Item ID for the auction or copy/paste the description the seller put up incase this is one of those tricksy wording scams?

I wish you good luck and -hopefully- you'll be able to resolve the issue, if you require a jewellers report then any Jewellers should be happy to just peek at the hallmark with an eye glass and scribble/sign some headed paper to that effect for free (I know I would)

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vinylandtrinkets;3090678

start a dispute, if you paid over £100 for this you will proberly need a … start a dispute, if you paid over £100 for this you will proberly need a Jeweller's report to send to paypal, take it one and explain howwhen you bought it might be an idea to print out the listing to take with you.I had something similar a few years ago and had to pay for the report, some smaller or privately owned jewellers might not charge you.hope this helps and good luckdo you mind if i ask if you can post item number??

nooooowhere near a £100 lol
Maybe the price should of been a giveaway,too good to be true,heres the item number 110292779224

it does say within the description marked 925 so in that case maybe i have nothing to complain about but the title stated 9ct gold
only a few £'s lost but still it annoys me that some people falsely advertise,pity the poor sod who purchased 25 of em of this seller lol
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