Knowing how to tell if gold is real is very important since your old scrap gold is worth quite a bit on today’s gold-hungry market. Many people have old jewelry lying around but they they do not know if it is real gold or some other metal. Fake gold is also called gold plated, heavy gold electroplate, and gold-filled, among other things. There’s definitely a big difference between the two when it comes to value. The latter is basically worthless but real gold is very valuable. So if you need to know how to tell if gold is real, these five simple tips will help you.
Nearly all real gold is stamped with a little hallmark that notes the karat (purity) of the jewelry, like 10K or 14K. This stamp is usually found on the clasp of a necklace or bracelet, or on the inner band of a ring. However, if your jewelry does not have this stamp - it is not necessarily proof that the item is made from fake gold. This is particularly true of older items of jewelry.
Nitric acid gold kits can be purchased on ebay for about $15 with free shipping. Search for "Gold acid test kit." If you are dealing with strictly scrap gold, you can use the nitric acid test to determine if it is real or fake. Please note that it is not advisable to use this test on jewelry that you plan to keep or that has aesthetic value for resale. To perform this test to determine if gold is real, make a light, tiny scratch on the item using a small nail file. Choose a spot that is not noticeable if possible. Use a dropper to apply a small drop of nitric acid to the scratch. If there is not reaction, then the piece is probably made from real gold. You are most likely dealing with another metal or even a gold-plated item if you see green. Gold-over-sterling will leave a milky substance when nitric acid is applied.
This test is not as reliable as some, but it is a good indicator as to whether your gold is real or fake and you probably already have some, Apply liquid foundation and powder to your forehead. Rub your gold jewelry across the area. If a black streak is left behind, it is more likely than not that the piece is gold.
Drop your gold item into a jug of water. Gold is a heavy metal. Real gold should sink. Any piece of supposed gold jewelry that floats is likely fake gold.
The magnet test is also a good test to determine if gold is real or fake. If your gold item is attracted to a magnet, it is definitely not real gold. Still, this doesn’t mean that there is no gold in your item, just that it is not made with a substantial amount of gold.
A surefire way to determine if your gold is real or not is to take it bring it to Gold Kings. We will not charge anything to test your jewelry even if you have no intention to sell it. If you are not near one of our stores, do your research online to find a competent and honest gold buyer and you’ll get an honest and fair assessment of the true value of your scrap gold.