Fake Gold? Forget About It! Use These 4 Foolproof Detection Tips

There are few things more exciting than the prospects of buying real gold, and few things more disappointing than realizing the gold is fake. With just a little bit of information, even the most novice of gold buyers can learn how to tell fake gold from the real thing.

Look For Markings

Gold Markings

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When you buy gold items, they will be stamped with some kind of indication as to what they are. Counterfeiters will often neglect to include these stamps in their fake gold, which is something you can use to your advantage. If the gold object you are holding is pure gold, then there will be a number with the letter “K” stamped on the piece somewhere. For example, if you find “10K” stamped on the gold, then it is a solid gold, 10 carat piece. If you see “GP” stamped on the piece, then it is gold-plated and not solid gold. A stamp of “GP” means it is gold filled with a base metal, and “GL” means it is gold layered onto a base metal. When you know how to read these stamps, it will help you to determine whether or not you have real gold.

Bite Down On It

Bite Down on Gold

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Have you ever seen a movie or a television show where someone bites down on a gold coin to see if it is real? Believe it or not, that is a real test that you can use to see if your gold is real or fake. Gold is a very soft metal and will actually allow your teeth to leave an impression if you bite down on it. Try not to bite too hard because you could injure yourself if the gold is fake. But if it is real, then you will see a slight indentation of your teeth after you have bitten down on it.

Use A Magnet

Magnet on Gold

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This is a good test you can use for several different kinds of precious metals. Gold and silver are not magnetic. That is why jewelers and precious metal buyers carry a small magnet with them. Gold or silver that has been plated to a base metal will be attracted to a magnet. Pure gold or silver will show no magnetic qualities at all.

Rub Away The Plating

Gold Plating

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People who buy and sell gold always carry a jeweler’s cleaning cloth with them to test items to see if they are gold plated. If someone hands you a gold piece and you clean the item vigorously with a jeweler’s cleaning cloth, then the gold plating will start to rub off. After a few seconds of rubbing, you should be able to see the darker shade of the base metal if the piece is fake.

Before you invest in any gold, always take a few moments to make sure that the gold is real. With a few easy tests, you can save yourself a lot of money by not paying real gold prices for fake gold pieces.

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