Six Methods to Tell if Gold is Real or Fake

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** How to Tell if Gold Is Real **

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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.

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-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.

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· 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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*Look for noticeable discoloration*. It is important to check for
discoloration in areas that face constant friction (typically around the

· If the gold seems to be wearing off and showing a different metal
beneath it, you probably have a piece that is only gold plated.

-Bite Test-

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