Safely buy gold, avoid fake gold nuggets.The reason I make that statement in my heading above is because there are quite a few people who buy gold nuggets on Ebay or other sources and in turn are re-selling them, and they may not know that they in fact are selling man made fake gold nuggets. The nuggets have been represented as genuine nuggets, and therefore the re-seller is just passing it on.
Lets now look at some evidence of a common type of fake gold nugget in circulation. A lot of you guys should recognize this type of gold nugget. There was a plethora of these sold on Ebay in 2001. Myself and 1 other Ebay seller estimate approximately 50,000 grams of this stuff is floating around. Most of it was bought, and is being re-sold by people who thought they were getting a good deal. Look at the pictures below and see if it was such a good deal.
The pictures above are the front and back shots of 1 fake gold nugget from the batch of 6 ounces below
This picture was taken at 30X magnification. In the first picture you will see right in the center of the pocket some mud-like substance (to try look natural) and perfectly round little gold beads that is proof-positive, that this is a man-made nugget. The second picture shows a larger gold bead that had adhered to the nugget, but was polished down slightly, again proof-positive, of being artificial!! These magnified pictures are from the batch of fake gold nuggets in the above 3 pictures.
A different type of man made gold nuggets.
This picture of these 6 nuggets together should be obvious in and of itself. These nuggets look like chips off the old block or spittin image's of each other. Its also pretty easy to see that the fake gold nugget manufacturer didnt take the time to eliminate the obvious gold beads that stuck to the nuggets.
The 2 pictures below are magnifications of the fake gold nuggets in the batch above. These 30X magnification shots should really affirm that nagging doubt in your mind? The top picture shows 4 gold beads from the melting process where the droplets fell on the mud-like substance and didn't flow in with the rest of the gold. The second picture shows a spattering of small gold beads and mud. These things DO NOT OCCUR in genuine nuggets.
End of "Fake Gold Nuggets Guide - Part 1"