XRF X-ray is a widely used, proven, and accepted method of chemistry analysis and determination of purity and fineness of precious metals. It is actually considered the Gold Standard of Testing Methods. The only other superior way to analyze Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium is to do a fire assay (melt it)! XRF analysis is a multi-elemental testing alternative that is faster, less destructive, and more exact than chemical (acid) tests. XRF provides on-the-spot analysis of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, making it an easy way to boost customer confidence and ensure dealer reliability. Most places just want to determine that your items are actually gold and could care less what karat they are. This is why they stick with acid testing, its costs them very little money, unlike the large investment required to have an XRF testing X-ray platform. Remember the higher the karat, the more valuable your items are! To recap, Acid Testing is reliable only to determine a piece is gold, but highly inaccurate when getting down to determining what karat of gold the item is. Don't settle being paid for 10k gold, when you may have 14k, 18k, 20k+ !!
As we just stated, given the current high value of gold, quantifying its fineness and purity is more critical than ever. We believe that our customers should be paid according to what they really have, and acid testing methods are extremely unreliable when boiling down to fineness or purity of Precious Metals.
The Innov-X GoldXpert XRF by Olympus analyzer is an easy-to‑use, highly accurate method to obtain alloy chemistry and karat classification with one non-destructive and non-intrusive test. Equipment of this caliber does not come cheap, but we invested in this technology to ensure our customers receive the highest prices paid and best quality of service in the San Antonio, Texas area! Texas Gold and Silver Buyers can confidently PLEDGE TOP DOLLAR PAID EVERYDAY! We know exactly what we are buying and do not have to underpay our customers like so many other places will.
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If you are wondering what karat is dental gold, you may be surprised to learn that they come in different karats almost always. There is no fixed or set karat of gold which can be said to be the standard of measure when it comes to the use of gold for dental purposes. But one thing is certain, pure gold is never used in it. As luxurious as you may want to go in your dental treatment, 24 karat gold cannot be used in dental gold. It will be way too soft to use which is not a good thing if you are thinking about chewing food with it. (the higher the karat of gold, the softer it becomes)
Dental gold can come in various forms and sizes. Dental Gold can be used for dental crowns, bridges, and as a gold tooth or teeth. Gold is often used in these dental items due to the characteristics of this metal that is very desirable if you want something that will be able to stand wear and tear for a long period of time. Gold has a natural ability to resist any pressure which is most like to damage it if you combine it with the proper types of other hard metals. If you have had dental restorations in the past, then you may want to check if you have any old material given back to you buy the dentist that is indeed gold.
Dental gold does not come in pure gold form. It will be mixed together with other base and precious metals in order to give the dental items strength and durability that you will need. Some of these metals are silver, tin, copper. platinum, palladium or titanium. They are needed for their own metallic characteristics that provide the necessary toughness that will be very important when making dental fixtures. Without them, you will definitely chew your dental gold and deform it in the process making it useless as a dental implant or solution.
So with that said, most dentists go for the lower karats of gold, which means that they have more additional metals blended into the gold to make it stronger. A lot of dental gold is composed of 10 to 16 karat gold. (Although we frequently see it around 18k or 19k) The highest that can be used is up to 20 karats although this would need much more harder metals to create. With this composition, the dental items will have the best characteristics, which will make it able to withstand all the pressure that will be needed during chewing, etc.
The karat of your dental gold will be solved easily if your dentist lets you know beforehand what type of gold he or she would be using in order to create it. As had been said earlier, most of them would prefer to use the lower karats as they tend to be more durable to constant wear and tear. Most times when having restoration a dentist will offer your old crowns, bridges, or teeth back to you. If they don't PLEASE ASK FOR THEM! You have already paid for them, and can sell them as Precious Metal!
Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio, BUYS DENTAL GOLD!
Dental patients often don’t know what to do with their old Gold dental crowns and bridges. They are sometimes shy to ask and don’t know who to trust. We can help and turn that unsightly crown into Cash!. Don’t worry about separating the crown from the tooth. Texas Gold and Silver Buyers will do the dirty work and pay you top dollar.
There are different gold alloys commonly used in dentistry. Crowns and Bridges can have a karat value ranging anywhere from around 10 to 22. At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers we exclusively use the Olympus Gold Xpert XRF Xray to PRECISELY DETERMINE PURITY!
At 10 karats, the alloy is about 40% gold.
At 20 karats, it's roughly 80%.
Probably on average, the typical yellow-colored gold dental crown is around 16 karat (67%). We take all of the guess work out of dental pieces and pay on EXACT ASSAYS! (purity).
As just the dental patient, it's essentially impossible for you to know exactly what type of alloy has been used to make your dental work. Don't throw it out, and bring it by for a free XRAY Test and TOP DOLLAR CASH OFFER!
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Gold-filled Jewelry is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. Single clad gold-filled has all the gold content in a single layer on one side. Double clad gold-filled splits the gold content into surface layers on both sides of the material. The gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. The bonded raw material is then sold as sheet or wire to jewelry manufacturers for use in designs.
Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karatage of the gold alloy. Most gold-filled is 12kt or 14kt gold-filled. It is most accurately labeled with the karatage, the “/” symbol, and then 20 to reflect this construction. Products are identified as 14/20 Gold-filled or 12/20 Gold-Filled; alternatively, 14kt Gold-Filled or 12kt Gold-Filled are also acceptable.
Gold Fill Jewelry is very durable, and to an untrained eye can look just like real gold. It typically has a lifespan of about 5 to 30 years. Unlike Gold Plated Jewelry, Gold Fill Jewelry will not wear down and expose a base metal. As far as having any value, Gold Fill Items have VERY LITTLE PRECIOUS METAL VALUE.
Gold plated jewelry has a much lower quality threshold compared to Gold Filled jewelry. There is such a small amount of actual gold used in plated jewelry that it inevitably rubs away over time, leaving you with a dull metal piece.
To create a gold plated jewelry a very thin layer of real gold is electrically charged onto a base metal, such as copper or nickel to make it look like solid gold. Gold plated jewelry is often used in costume jewelry to lower the cost as much as possible while still trying to make it look like you are getting a nice piece (at first). Beware, the base metals used in gold plated jewelry can turn your skin green and also cause allergic reactions, like rashes. Gold Plated Jewelry typically has a lifespan of about a year, and has absolutely ZERO PRECIOUS METAL VALUE.
At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio, we strive to be the #1 Gold and Silver Buyer in the area. We offer Free Xray Assays (testing), and pledge to give our customers the best customer service experience possible. We are Fast, Hassle Free, Friendly and most importantly HONEST. We believe in giving our customers an upfront, private and TOP DOLLAR transaction. The goal of our informative blog is to educate our customers potential customers, and anyone that is looking to sell their Gold and Silver Precious Metal items. We want you to know what to expect when ready to sell your Gold and Silver Jewelry, Coins, Scrap, Dental Gold, and Bullion.
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Thanks for stopping by our blog. My name is Evan and I am the owner of Texas Gold and Silver Buyers in San Antonio. From time to time I will post blog entries to help educate and inform our customers and potential future customers on all aspects of Precious Metals (Gold, Silver, Platinum & Palladium!)