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Gold Identification - A 7 Point Checklist
Here are some Gold Identification tests that you can easily apply in the bush while you are looking for gold and are not sure the rock you find is gold or just "Fools Gold"
So - What are the 7 Rules for Gold Identification
Here is the 7 Point Checklist to Make Sure You Dont Miss any Gold again!...
|Test for Gold,||Notes,|
Gold is yellow and shiny it wont sparkle in the light like mica. Iron Pyrites has a brassy yellow colour.
Chalcopyrite is Yellow but brassy.
|Gold Doesn't change colour much or fade from light to shade.||
Check the gold in light and in shade and wet and dry - observe the gold in the sun then the shade it wont change much or fade if its gold.
If there is a significant change or fading in the colour of the metal it may not be gold.
|Specific Gravity - Gold is Heavy,||
Gold is heavier than pyrites and much heavier than yellow mica.
Other minerals will move around in your pan much more readily than gold.
Some minerals like mica will float right out or your pan.
|Gold is Malleable (it will flatten or change shape).||
If gold is hit with a hammer it will flatten the other minerals like mica will shatter.
Dont use this test to destroy a nugget though.
|Pin Prick Test,||Small flakes of gold will yield to a pin whereas pyrite and chalcopyrite with crumble.|
|Flat Surface or Crystal structure,||If the metal has a defined flat surface or crystal shape it is probably pyrites.|
Small pieces of gold will quickly sink to the bottom of a glass or jar of water.
Try it with lead and gold and see the difference!
|Pyrites in Rock Specimen||Gold in Gravel|
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