Jewelry mavens and veteran investors know how to test if gold is real. This is because gold has inimitable chemical and physical properties. So, when it comes to gold jewelry, especially if you want to sell yours, knowledge is power!

Is my gold real?

Counterfeit gold is everywhere today. Even if the gold jewelry you want to sell has a stamp with a purity mark, it may not be a valid certification of its real gold content. Some low-quality gold pieces also have a fake marking of higher quality, while you might even have real gold with no mark! There is also fake gold-plated jewelry, which is filled with a different metal beneath the plating. To understand the value of your gold, you must have it authenticated professionally.

Why is knowledge power?

If you have decided to part ways with your gold jewelry or even want to know your belongings’ value, you first need to see if it’s real or counterfeit. There are several DIY tests you can do easily at home before taking your treasures to be tested by a pro. Either way, you need to certify your gold. Why? Because if you want to sell it, now or in the future, you don’t want to be tricked into thinking that it’s not authentic. For example, if you try to sell your jewels to a dishonest buyer, armed with the knowledge that they are real means you cannot be duped into being told they’re fake. Knowledge gives you the power to make sure you get the right price!

DIY gold tests

To know if your jewelry is real gold, you don’t need to immediately whip out your credit card and run out to buy expensive equipment. There are several tried and tested DIY tests to do at home. These include the float test, magnet test, acid test, scratch test, vinegar test, and even the skin and makeup tests. Let’s look at some of them.

THE FLOAT TEST: This simple test involves placing your gold item in a bowl of water. Genuine gold is heavy due to its high density and will sink straight to the bottom. If it hovers or floats, its gold plated or fake. Also, real gold won’t discolor or rust in water. This test isn’t instead of a professional test, because several heavy metals sink as well, but it’s a start.

THE MAGNET TEST: For this super quick test, you need a high-strength magnet. Fake gold or gold alloys are instantly attracted to a magnet. As a non-ferrous metal, gold won’t be attracted. If you’re going to buy jewelry, why not take a magnet along?

THE ACID TEST: After you’ve done the magnet test, you can double-check with this test because if your jewelry is fake gold yet, you still like it aesthetically, the acid may damage the piece. To perform the test, you rub the gold item on a black stone, which leaves a visible mark. If you apply nitric acid (aqua fortis) to the mark, it will dissolve, which means the mark wasn’t made by real gold. If the mark stays, test it again with hydrochloric acid and nitric acid (aqua regia). If the mark disappears, your item is real gold.

Professional testing kits

The next step before selling your gold is to take it to the professionals. DJP Diamonds Houston authenticates your jewelry so that you get the best price for your gold. Like other leading and trusted gold buyers, DJP uses professional testing kits – the most accurate and safest method to assess if an item is a real gold. These kits include several bottles of nitric acid for various types of gold and precious metals. When testing high-carat gold (14ct – 24ct), acid testers are even more precise and are also good at checking platinum, white gold, and silver. Selling your gold jewelry is a click away – contact DJP for a free appraisal!