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** How to Tell if Gold Is Real **
Six Methods:Visual InspectionBite TestMagnet TestDensity TestCeramic Plate
TestNitric Acid Test
By American standards, fake gold is anything less than 10 Karats/Carats. If
you're wondering whether your gold is real, the most reliable way to find
out is to take it to a certified jeweler and have it tested. If you want to
check for yourself, here's a list of tests you can conduct to tell if your
gold is real.
Method 1 of 6: Visual Inspection -
The first thing to do to check if you have real gold is to look at it. Look
for particular signs that point to real gold.
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*Inspect the piece for official markings.* A stamp will indicate either
fineness (1-999 or .1-.999) or karat (10K, 14K, 18K, 22K or 24K). A
magnifying glass will make this easier.
· An older piece might not have a visible marking due to wear.
· Counterfeit pieces can often have a marking that appears authentic;
more testing may be needed either way.
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