Precious metals and jewelry testing and analysis with XRF

The true value of jewelry and ornamental objects lies beneath the surface with the value of items being bought, sold and recycled determined by the precious metal’s precise elemental composition. Using XRF (X-ray fluorescence) makes precious metals and jewelry testing easy and quick. Accurate and non-destructive, XRF precious metal analyzers ensure fair price without the need to use chemical assay, fire assay or alternative testing methods for analysis.  

Hitachi’s XRF analyzers verify the amount of gold (Au), silver (Ag), platinum group metals (PGM) platinum (Pt) and palladium (Pd) and detect rarer precious metals such as osmium (Os), iridium (Ir) and ruthenium (Ru). Our gold spectrometers quickly provide exact karat weight and percentages of all elements within an item. You’ll also be able to detect the presence of hazardous substances, such as nickel (Ni), lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) and measure plating thickness and composition, such as gold coatings on sterling silver (vermeil) and rhodium (Rh) coatings on gold alloys, even on minute pieces.

Precious metals analysis with Hitachi XRF can help to ensure the true transactional value of each piece.

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For more details on the analysis capabilities of the X-Strata920 and X-MET8000 for verifying precious metals and jewelry, download the brochure.

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For details on the performance of using the X-MET8000 to identify the commercial value of gold jewelry, not just karats but precious metals content.

Hitachi High-Tech analyzers for precious metals and jewelry

The FT230 is designed to simplify and accelerate testing of components and assemblies making it easier to measure more parts in less time. With features such as Find My Part™ smart recognition, automated sample focusing and a wide view camera, the FT230 reduces set up time and user error to increase throughput and productivity. Let your XRF make decisions for you. 

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The X-MET8000 for precious metals

The X-MET8000 is a handheld XRF analyzer that is ideal if you need to travel to do your testing or you don’t have a lot of space. The instrument is compact and weighs only 1.5kg yet will deliver fast and accurate gold and precious metals analysis without having to change the calibration based on the metal. You can customize the touchscreen to display either karat value, classification or composition depending on your need. It comes with a light stand as standard and an optional benchtop stand, a very popular accessory for precious metal and jewelry testing.

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X-Strata920 for precious metals

The X-Strata920 is a benchtop, small spot XRF instrument that’s ideal for hallmarking centers, gold refineries, smelters and test labs. It’s a high-precision instrument that will accommodate a wide range of pieces, with the ability to measure small individual features on pieces, such as links, clasps, settings and mounts. The ability to choose between several collimator, chamber and base configurations makes the X-Strata an extremely versatile instrument that delivers accurate results for the tiniest of features.

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To find out more about which analyzer best supports your precious metals analysis, get in touch to request a demo.