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Will a metal detector detect gold?

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Yes, metal detectors detect gold but there are different detectors that are optimized for different types of gold. Jewelry, coins and other large amounts will be found easily by all purpose metal detectors. Gold detectors are designed for finding gold in the raw - flakes, tiny nuggets or deposits in highly mineralized soil.
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What can a metal detector not detect through?

Technically speaking it can detect through anything, however the depth at which it can detect will be effected by various factors such as density, moisture and more importantl

Can you find a gold ring with a metal detector?

Since gold is a metal (precious) you can of course detect it with a metal detector. But only if it isn't tuned to ignore gold. since every metal has a different phase response

Does a metal detector detect silver?

If you are talking about metal detector that you buy as a hobby for finding things then yes of course it will. But security metal detectors are adjusted so they aren't usually

Does a metal detector detect a phone with out a battery?

All metal detectors detect all metal depending on the level of sensitivity they are set at. Battery or no, a cell phone would be detected.