Testing Precious Metals for Long-Term Preparations
by Tess Pennington
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With the current
world economic situation, wise people understand that paper money
is simply the illusion of money. It is a representation of wealth
of which the value can be rapidly manipulated. The US Federal Reserve
randomly prints off bills with no commodity backing them, making
the only value of these bills the worth that is allowed by the banksters
and the elite
So in light
of this, how do we save for the rainy days to come?
established the basics of your survival preparedness, you can protect
your personal wealth by investing in precious metals. There are
many different ways to acquire gold and silver. Here are a few:
the pieces from mints or exchanges
old pieces of jewelry or coins from yard sales, estate sales,
thrift stores and Craigslist
- From trusted
sellers on EBay
Mints and exchanges
offer a sure thing. These businesses are built on trust and integrity.
However when you purchase from everyday people or take a gamble
on buying something at the thrift store, you need to be able to
identify and test the metals yourself.
1. Look for
markings. Jewelry made from precious metals in the US was required
to be marked for metal content in 1906. On silver pieces you are
looking for the numbers 925 this indicates that
the piece is Sterling Silver or 92.5% silver. If the piece you are
considering is gold, you are looking for 10K, 14K, 18K, etc. 24K
is 100% gold, and is very soft, so the other numbers are indicative
of the gold content that has been mixed with a harder metal to make
it less pliable.
the piece carefully. Is it rough near the edges? Is it discoloured
in places? Is the finish chipping or flaking? These are all indicators
that the piece may only be plated with silver or gold. These items
require further testing. (Note: Sterling Silver will oxidize
and tarnish dont be put off by black discolouration.
This should wipe off with a soft cloth.)
3. If the piece
has been marked, then you will want to test it further. Carry with
you a strong magnet. Precious metals are NOT magnetic, nor are the
other metals that are used in jewelry to harden them. If the piece
of jewelry or coin reacts to the magnet it is not gold or silver.
4. Test it
with ceramic. You can purchase a small piece of unglazed ceramic
tile at your local hardware store. If you have a piece of questionable
gold, run the piece across the ceramic tile. If it leaves a blackish
mark, it is not genuine gold.
Once you have
performed these quick tests, you may want to go further. There are
two more definitive tests the Archimedes Test
and the acid test.
Break out your
physics hat and perform a density test to determine the content
of the metal you have on hand. For this you will require a vial
marked in millimetres in which you can submerge the item in question.
Do not fill
the vial to the top, since you will be displacing water with the
jewelry item. Note exactly the amount of water in your container.
item on a digital jewelry scale, marking down your result in grams.
This is the mass of your item.
piece in the vial and note the new water level.
difference between the two numbers in millimetres. This is the volume
displacement of the item.
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joined the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess
worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and
is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response.
You can follow her regular updates on Preparedness,
and a host of other topics at ReadyNutrition.com.
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