Real or fake? A gold bracelet

A client recently came in to the JVC offices for a valuation consult. She provided us with this gold bracelet, which she believed was solid 18ct gold.

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As you can see, there is an 18ct gold stamp, which would normally confirm the client’s assumptions.

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However, using several gold testing methods, JVC found that the bracelet was not solid gold. Not only that, but the bracelet wasn’t even gold plated (gold plating is when a layer of gold surrounds a cheaper metal) which meant that the stamp was entirely misleading.

The bracelet was worth a lot less than the client expected. Fortunately JVC was able to advise the client of this before she underwent the valuation process and found herself even further out of pocket.