Learn How To Check If Your Gold Is Real
Are you thinking about selling your gold, but unsure of its authenticity? You’re not alone in this! Many of our customers have received gold jewelry they no longer use or want. They often ask us how to verify if their gold is genuine before sending it to us. It can be challenging to differentiate real gold items from those mixed with other metals, but don’t worry, we can help.
Gold Buyers take the hassle out of selling gold, and want to help our customers make the most informed decision before choosing to sell their gold to us.
We offer complete transparency when it comes to how we value your gold and when is the best time to sell to us. Now, we’re making your lives one step easier by providing you with an easy step by step guide to learn how to tell if your gold is real, all from the convenience of home!
Learn How To Determine If Your Gold Is Real From Home
Is my gold necklace real? What about my ring? How can I tell if my bracelet is real gold?
I’m sure a lot of us have a jewellery box overflowing with pieces we no longer wear (or perhaps never did!) but continue to hold onto in case the pieces yield value. If you want to sell your gold and determine its authenticity, you can take a few simple steps to assess its purity.
Step 1: Start By Examining Your Gold For Hallmarks
One of the simplest ways to tell if your gold jewelry is real is to look for hallmarks.
A hallmark is a small symbol stamped onto the gold to verify its authenticity. The hallmark can tell you the type and amount of gold. The most common hallmarks being 375 (indicating 9 karat gold), 750 (indicating 18 karat gold) and 916 (indicating 22 karat gold).
If you are able to find a hallmark on your gold, it is most likely genuine. That being said, keep an eye out for additional stamps as this could mean the item is plated or filled!
Step 2: Check The Stamp If It’s Gold Plating Or Filling
Another way to determine if your gold is fake or not is to look for stamps that indicate gold plating or filling.
These stamps include GF (gold filled), GP (gold plated), and RG (Rolled Gold). Gold-plated jewelry has a thin layer of gold on the surface, while gold-filled jewelry has a thicker layer of gold bonded to the surface.
If your gold jewellery has any of these stamps, it is not solid gold.
Step 3: Use Magnet Testing
Worn off hallmarks or none at all? Don’t stress! This can occur due to regular wear and tear or exposure to harsh chemicals. If you’re unsure about the purity of your gold jewellery and can’t validate with a stamp, then try a simple magnet test!
Genuine gold is not magnetic, so if your gold jewellery is attracted to a magnet, there’s a good chance it may have other metals mixed in with it.
Need More Methods To Check If Your Jewellery Is Real Gold?
Haven’t had any luck with the above methods? There are a few other tests you can try at home to test if your gold is mixed metal, real or fake (because why not!).
The first is an acid test. This commonly used method for testing gold involves making a small scratch to the item being tested and adding a drop of nitric acid to the scratch. If the item is real gold, it will not be affected by the acid, if the item is not real gold, the colour will disappear completely.
The second test is a white vinegar method, one that can easily be done at home! Simply place your item in a bowl of white vinegar and leave for 15 minutes. If the item is pure gold it will not tarnish or discolour (turns green), if it is not real gold, it will.
Finally, the float test! Fill a container with water and drop your gold jewellery inside. If the item is real gold, it will sink to the bottom due to its high density. If it is not real, it will float or remain suspended in the water.
Let Us Help You Verify Gold Authenticity
There are many DIY tests to determine if your gold is genuine from home. We strongly recommend using these so you have a basic understanding of the quality of your gold. We highly recommend using some of these methods to gain a fundamental understanding of the quality of your gold. This will enable you to send it to our team for valuation with more confidence.
Our Expert Gold Buyers Can Value Your Gold In Under A Week
Gold Buyers Online are your trusted professionals who specialise in evaluating the quality of your gold. Once we receive your gold, we will conduct a series of tests using XRF and acid testing. From here we can provide you with an accurate valuation of the price of your gold.
The best part about our online gold valuation service is it is completely free!
Simply send us your gold online via our mail in form and we will send you a monetary value for your gold within 24 hours. From here, you can choose to accept or decline our offer.
It’s that easy! Don’t let uncertainty hold you back. Reach out to your trusted gold buyers and discover the value of your gold today!
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