In this paper we report the results of a deep investigation of gold title in jewellery alloys by means of potentiometric titration. After reviewing the suitable reactions for such purpose we focused on the most profitable one, which involves the use of hexadecylpyridinium chloride (CPC). This cation gives rise to selective and quantitative precipitation of AuCl4-. We completely revised a method previously proposed by W.S. Selig in the 80’s, by improving the sampling preparation and by optimizing the titration steps. Then, the new proposed method was tested on a large number of different alloys, commonly used for goldsmithery purposes. The obtained gold titles were compared with the data achieved by fire assay, giving rise to a very good agreement. At the light of these results, the present method can be rightfully considered a cheaper and “greener” alternative to the traditional one.

Determination of gold in alloys via potentiometric titration; an alternative to the fire assay / S. Caporali; S. Bellandi; M. Innocenti; O. Lopilato; L. Romualdi; G. Pezzatini.. - In: GOLD BULLETIN. - ISSN 1027-8591. - STAMPA. - 43 (2)(2010), pp. 122-130.

Determination of gold in alloys via potentiometric titration; an alternative to the fire assay

CAPORALI, STEFANO;BELLANDI, SILVANO;INNOCENTI, MASSIMO;PEZZATINI, GIOVANNI
2010

Abstract

In this paper we report the results of a deep investigation of gold title in jewellery alloys by means of potentiometric titration. After reviewing the suitable reactions for such purpose we focused on the most profitable one, which involves the use of hexadecylpyridinium chloride (CPC). This cation gives rise to selective and quantitative precipitation of AuCl4-. We completely revised a method previously proposed by W.S. Selig in the 80’s, by improving the sampling preparation and by optimizing the titration steps. Then, the new proposed method was tested on a large number of different alloys, commonly used for goldsmithery purposes. The obtained gold titles were compared with the data achieved by fire assay, giving rise to a very good agreement. At the light of these results, the present method can be rightfully considered a cheaper and “greener” alternative to the traditional one.
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S. Caporali; S. Bellandi; M. Innocenti; O. Lopilato; L. Romualdi; G. Pezzatini.
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