Gold Bulletin

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 42–47 | Cite as

Polishing compound residues in gold jewellery alloys

  • Helen Royal
Open Access


The assaying of gold jewellery before hallmarking is generally carried out on samples scraped from the surface. But the assay result may not necessarily be representative of the bulk composition. Analyses reported here have shown the presence of polishing compound residues on, and just below, the surface of some of the jewellery tested.


German Origin Gold Sample French Origin Gold Jewellery White Gold 
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© World Gold Council 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen Royal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Materials and MetallurgyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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