Gold Testing with XRF Analyzers: fast, nondestructive, accurate
Of all the precious metals, the one that is most sought after is gold (Au). As the price of gold continues to climb, more and more organizations are offering "buy-back" programs. Sometimes it is the refiner but very often it is a jeweler or a 'middle man' business - the more "we buy gold" signs that show up means more competition in the market.
Originally developed as a measurement device, X-ray Fluorescence was most common in quality control laboratories. However, developments in the technology have lead to new applications including precious metal and gold content analysis. Technological developments also allowed for XRF instruments to be lower in price and they no longer require liquid nitrogen (LN2) for accurate precious metal identification - factors that created more interest for gold buyers looking for the best accuracy from a nondestructive test.
Quickshot XRF Solutions:
QSX-79T: when gold buyers are only concerned with the gold content this low-cost XRF is a strong consideration
QSX-79Tplus: new to the line but the best value on the market...offering high accuracy on gold and silver
QSX-295T: the most popular solution because it offers high accuracy for a wide range of precious metals
QSX-295Tplus: expanding on the QSX-295T, this model offers highest accuracy and 10-second measurements
modifications for Ni and Pd
XRF Gold Tester
Primarily Gold Content
0.5 to 1%
XRF Full PM Test
0.25 to 0.5%
unsuitable for high
karat and white golds
only for binary alloys
Benefits of XRF compared to lower cost gold testers
Many buy-back organizations invest in x-ray fluorescence systems to show that their process is a legimate approach and that they are operating a serious business. XRF information screens show the person selling an item the numbers that a pay-out will be based on; making the seller more comfortable and providing assurance that they are working with a serious organization. Lower cost test kits do not provide this feeling to the seller and can not meet the accuracy of an XRF system - allowing for you, the buyer of gold, to limit the inaccuracy of payouts and increasing your confidence when reselling to a refiner, etc.
Benefits of XRF compared to higher cost gold testers
Cost is a major factor; as noted below, an accurate XRF gold tester from Quickshot XRF can be available at a third the cost of a higher end system - and it does not require time, accessories or any expertise to operate. X-ray fluorescence also offers a nondestructive method of gold testing that lets you test a sellers sample quickly and show them the results on an easy to read screen before paying out.
Why Choose a Gold Tester from Quickshot XRF?
As noted above, the QSX-79T provides an excellent middle ground for organizations purchasing gold. It provides higher accuracy and more consistent results than various test kits while also providing your buy-back business with a higher degree of legitimacy.
Learn more about the benefits QSX Instruments line offers over other desktop analyzers for gold testing