Gold has a special place among metals. It is the oldest metal exploited by man and it plays an important role in world economics. It is highly prized. It was the ultimate goal of alchemists, and it is stored in the vaults of banks. Gold has been used in gilding, to make funeral masks, and for many other uses. Different processes were used for its recovery: panning, amalgamation, chlorination, and cyanidation.
Many people buy Gold without knowing how to identify it to be real or not. Here are five simple steps to know if a gold is fake or not.
Firstly, there is a test called the acid test. With this test, you make a small scratch on the metal and drop a little bit of acid on it. If the spot turns greenish, it is not real gold. Also if the spot turns milky, it means that it contains a bit of gold with silver. If the spot is unaffected, then your metal is real gold.
Secondly, there is a test called the magnetic test. Gold is not attracted towards a magnet so if you are going for a gold and the metal can get attracted towards a magnet, then it's not real gold.
Thirdly is the floating and rust test. If you drop real gold in water, it does not float. Also real gold do not rust.
Forthly is the stamp test. Every real gold has the seal or stamp of the manufacturer. These seals give information on the gold about its purity level and number of carats the gold contains.
Last but not the least of all is to send your gold to an expert. There are people who have been in the gold business for a long time and it is good to send your gold to them to verify it for you if you want to be sure of its quality and authenticity.
From ancient times to the present day, gold has been valued by humans. Egypt was the principal gold producing country in ancient times. Coptos, the present Quft on the eastern side of the River Nile, was the chief town of the Nomos of Harawi and was once politically important. In the eleventh dynasty (2133e1991 BC) it was overshadowed by Thebes, 50 km to the south, which became the capital of the Middle Kingdom (2133 BC) of ancient Egypt, the present day Luxor.
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