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HOW TO TELL IF GOLD IS REAL

Jewelry professionals and experienced investors know how to test if gold is real. This is because gold has unique physical and chemical properties. So, when it comes to gold bullion or jewelry, knowledge is power! 

In this article, we'll explore how to test gold at home. There are several tests you can choose from when testing gold at home. These include the magnifying glass test, hallmark test, skin test, makeup test, float test, scratch test, magnet test, acid test, and more. You need to know if your gold is real, and if it is, what its fineness is. Read on to see how you can DIY.

BEWARE! TODAY, COUNTERFEIT GOLD IS EVERYWHERE.

Gold might have a stamp with a particular purity mark, but it isn't always an accurate certification of its actual gold content. Some gold products of low quality have a false higher fineness marking. On top of this, there are gold-plated fakes filled with a different metal underneath the plating. Other times, you might have an unmarked piece of gold. To understand its actual value, you need to authenticate it. 

These factors are why it’s crucial for you to know how to tell if your gold is real.  It will help you protect your investments, accurately appraise your belongings, and make sure you get the exact gold you are paying for.

This guide was created to provide you with all the necessary information about carrying out different tests before or after purchasing your gold bullion. You might be asking ‘how do I test gold at home or with a professional?’  Or, you may be asking ‘how to tell if gold is real.’ There are many tests for gold, some of which you can do yourself at home!

Through this guide by Bullion Exchanges, you will learn how to avoid buying counterfeit gold products by following some simple steps. But before proceeding to specific gold testing stages, let’s review its history and key properties.

THE LEGACY OF GOLD

Gold is a symbol of success and high status. It has an extensive history of praise, dating back to as early as Ancient Egypt. Egyptians mined this precious metal as early as 2600 BCE. Since this time, the world has used gold for manufacturing jewelry, coins and other forms of monetary exchange.

Gold can be hard to find, and usually, less than 50 grams of gold can be extracted from one ton of gold. This is one of the many reasons it is an exclusive and luxurious precious metal.

GOLD PROPERTIES

First, let’s remember the chemical properties of gold. The chemical symbol for Gold is Au. Gold is a long-lasting metal because it is...

  • Resistant to oxidation. It does not tarnish or rust unlike copper, brass, silver, aluminum, etc.

  • Notmagnetic. Magnets do not work effectively on gold. If your ‘gold’ leaps to a magnet, it is not real gold. There are very weak magnetic forces at play in gold as opposed to iron, nickel, or cobalt which are highly magnetic and used for permanent magnets.

  • High thermal and electrically conductivity. This means it is a great conductor of electricity because it does not tarnish or corrode easily. This makes gold indispensable in electronics.

  • Dissolves only in nitro-hydrochloric acid. Gold cannot be dissolved by single acids, but it will react to a concentrated acid mixture: nitrohydrochloric acid. Nitrohydrochloric acid, also known as aqua regia, is a mix of 75% nitric acid and 25% hydrochloric acid that has a yellow-orange color.

  • Malleable. Gold can be pressed into very thin sheets that can be used for infrared reflectivity (by evaporating the sheets onto glass), as fillings for teeth, etc.

  • Ductile. Gold can be drawn into thin wires for circuits, like transistors. It is useful as a brazing alloy, industrial solder, and in orthodontic appliances, jet engine fabrication, etc.

  • Sectile. This means it’s a relatively soft metal. To combat its weakness, it must alloy with other metals like silver, nickel, copper or platinum.

Since gold is sectile, its alloys usually measure according to the Karat system. One Karat is the unit that is equal to the 1/24 part of genuine gold in the alloy. Thus, when you see 24K, it means that it’s pure gold. An 18K gold item indicates that it’s only 18 parts pure gold plus six parts other metals.

You can also figure out gold on the millesimal fineness system. The purity of gold is indicated by ‘parts per thousand’ of real gold by mass in the alloy.  Examine the gold purity chart below that displays the differences between these two scales and the actual percentage of gold content. 

Remember: items having a karat value less than 10K do not count as commercial gold products according to the US standards.

 

Gold Purity Chart - Karat and Millesimal Fineness Systems 

 

% of Gold Content Karat SystemMillesimal Fineness System

33.3

8K

333

37.5

9K

375

41.7

10K

417

58.3

14K

583 (585)

62.5

15K

625

75.0

18K

750

83.3

20K

833

87.5

21K

875

91.6

22K

916

95.8

23K

958

99.9

24K

999/.999/99.9%

 

SO HOW CAN I TEST GOLD AT HOME?

Now that you know gold’s properties, the following tests will help you determine if your gold is real, and what is its true purity. Below are the most common ways to test gold, and you should always do more than one to test your gold. These include simple procedures from how to test gold at home to using gold testing machines for getting the most accurate results. First, we will start with DIY gold testing.

 

THE MAGNIFYING GLASS TEST

 

 

Test gold at home - Magnifying Glass TestThe Magnifying Glass Test is the first home test for gold you can perform if you want to determine the authenticity of your gold product(s). This test is straightforward since it requires only your gold bullion/jewelry and a magnifying glass.

Through this test, you must carefully inspect your gold item with the magnifying glass to find a few essential visual clues about it. These include:

  • Any signs of discoloration. As mentioned in this article about how to take care of precious metals, gold is chemically inert. This means that gold doesn’t react to any environmental factors. So, if you spot some discoloration marks on your item, this indicates fake gold or gold plating over another material. This is especially obvious if you detect other metal under the discolored areas.

  • Color and shininess. Genuine gold has a beautiful soft yellow color and is not very shiny. If your gold piece is too shiny, too yellow, or has another color tone (usually reddish), then it’s not pure gold.

  • The purity hallmark. This is the most important clue about your item’s value. The purity hallmark can be either in millesimal fineness or the Karat system as mentioned above. For example, if you own the purest gold, you should see hallmark “999” or “24K” engravings somewhere on the item. For example, you can usually find these on rings on the inside of the band. However, keep in mind that this engraving could also be fake. Therefore, you should conduct further tests to authenticate your item. The purity hallmark is a good clue to start your testing. If it is less than 10K, it instantly certifies that your item is not genuine gold according to US commercial standards.

If your gold piece didn’t pass the Magnifying Glass Test, you can be sure that you don’t have a pure gold item. But, if you want to find out its fineness, you can proceed to further testing.

For the next testing method, you may still need your magnifying glass. Since your item, especially if it’s jewelry, could also contain several other gold hallmarks besides the purity marking, you should examine them further to test its authenticity.

HALLMARK TEST 

Jewelry Markings(AKA THE ‘STAMP TEST’ OR ‘JEWELRY MARKINGS’ TEST)

How do you examine gold jewelry at first glance? Start with the Hallmark Test! 

The terms ‘gold hallmarks’ or ‘gold markings’ refer to a set of mandatory marks which are engraved on the gold item. Jewelry producers usually mark their pieces with stamps which are called Gold Jewelry Markings Symbols.

On necklaces and bracelets, these jewelry hallmarks can be found on or near the clasp. On rings, these are usually found somewhere on the inside surface. These markings must include the purity of the piece in Karats or millesimal fineness. Also, the gold markings on jewelry should include the manufacturer’s stamp. This will help you authenticate the producer of your gold item.

Some countries have certain hallmark standards. India is one example. Five hallmarks help purchasers identify Indian gold. These hallmarks include Gold Assay Marks in BIS Standard Mark, Assayer, or Hallmarking Centre’s mark, which are third-party assayers. Additionally, you can identify gold by the Purity Grade expressed in millesimal fineness and year of marking. The year of marking is an alphabet letter approved by BIS and the jeweler’s mark.

British gold also carries several marks which are similar to Indian gold.

AVOID STAMPS THAT SAY:

  • HGP – Heavy (Hard) Gold Plate

  • GF – Gold Filled

  • GP – Gold Plated

  • H.G.E. – Hydrostatic gold electroplating

  • G.E.P. – Gold electroplating

  • .925 – Sterling Silver

  • 1/20 – 1/20 gold which is just gold-filled

What these all mean is that the item is only gold plated. Also, beware of 800, 925 and 950 marks because these are all silver hallmarks. This means the item is undoubtedly fake.

In the case of modern bullion products like coins, rounds, and bars, look for engravings of gold purity, weight, and mintmarks. Additionally, check their authenticity.

The Hallmark Test isn't 100% accurate by itself because it doesn’t give any reliable evidence that you have real gold coins, bars, or jewelry. However, it may help you a little bit by giving you initial clues when the gold is not genuine. Therefore, you won’t need to do any further assessments if your item failed by this point. However, the next tests will help you clarify if you are still confused about your gold piece.

 

THE FLOAT TEST

 

Test gold at home - Float TestOne of the simplest preliminary tests for gold at home is the Float Test. All you need is a cup (or bowl) of water and your gold item. All you have to do is place your gold piece into the water!

If it’s genuine gold, then it will immediately sink to the bottom of the cup. Pure gold is heavy due to its high density (19.32 g/ ml). If your gold item floats or hovers above the cup’s bottom, then it’s fake or plated gold. This is because its density is lower (14K is 12.9 to 14.6 g/ml, 18K is 15.2 to 15.9 g/ml, and 22K is 17.7 to 17.8 g/ml.)

However, the Float Test is not a 100% accurate test because the fake item can have other heavy metals that sink as well. This is why it must be a preliminary method only.

If your piece sank and you’re still in doubt, move onto the following tests, but also keep in mind that real gold doesn’t rust or discolor if you place in water. Any signs indicating this reaction is confirmation that your item is fake gold or gold plated.

 

THE SCRATCH TEST

 

Gold Scratch Test

Another easy to carry out, yet good preliminary gold purity check, is the Scratch Test. For this test, you will need either a black jeweler’s stone, an unglazed ceramic plate, or an unglazed porcelain tile. You can easily purchase a ceramic plate or porcelain tile through a home maintenance store or online. The black jeweler’s stone should be purchased through a local jeweler or online from a jewelry retailer. 

Note: Be extremely careful with this test. You risk damaging your gold if done improperly.By scratching gold, you can cause irreplaceable damage to it. This will alter its value. Thus, you may think of using other harmless testing methods to authenticate pure gold.

You can perform this test with gold jewelry or bullion by rubbing (or scratching) it across your material of choice. First, hold your gold in your hand. Next, carefully wipe it along the testing material. Do this firmly enough to leave a mark, but without seriously damaging your gold piece. Then, analyze the color of the produced streak. If the gold is real, then it should show a golden, yellow color. If you see a black streak instead, then you have pyrite or fake gold.

 

THE SKIN TEST

Test gold at home - Skin Test

One of the easiest methods of testing gold purity is the Skin Discoloration Test. Real gold won’t ‘stain’ or discolor your skin. However, if you are wearing fake gold jewelry or handle fake gold bullion, your skin will discolor.

Just hold your gold item in your hand for a couple of minutes. If it’s fake gold, the sweat on your skin will create a chemical reaction with the metal. Your skin will react by discoloring to a black or green color. This is because your skin is reacting with the other alloy metals, not the gold. If it’s genuine gold, it won’t react with your skin (unless you are allergic of course.)

Thus, if your clean skin experiences black or green discoloration – then you know it’s fake or a gold alloy. Otherwise, you can perform the next tests to determine if you have pure gold.

Important: If you test your gold item on a skin area with previously applied liquid foundation or powder, then real gold will leave a black streak on your skin. This may compromise your testing. For this reason, we recommend you ensure that your skin is clean and without makeup unless you are doing the makeup test!

HOW TO TELL IF GOLD IS REAL WITH MAKEUP TEST

If you'd like to take the skin test one step further, you can also learn how to test gold at home with makeup. Let's explore how to tell if gold is real with makeup. You'll need liquid foundation makeup and powder.

First, coat the back of your hand, or your forehead, with a thin layer of foundation and then your powder. Wait until the foundation thoroughly dries. Once the foundation dries, press the gold into your skin. Then, lightly rub the gold against the foundation. If your gold leaves a line or black streak, it is very likely to be authentic gold. If you do not see a line or black streak, the object is likely to be another metal or gold-plated.

THE MAGNET TEST 

Is Gold magnetic?

 

The Gold Magnet Test is one of the most convenient home gold tests. It’s also very quick and easy to perform. A magnet is a cheap and portable tool. You can carry this test out anytime you need to check gold authenticity when buying gold bullion or jewelry, but keep it away from your electronics and credit/debit cards!

To perform this test, you need a high-strength magnet, which you can buy at any local hardware store. Place the magnet near the gold item. Fake gold or gold alloys will be instantly attracted to the magnet. If the metal is attracted to the magnet, then it is either not made of gold or has a meager percentage of it. 

Gold is a non-ferrous metal, which means it won't attract the magnet. So, even if the item is slightly magnetic, but doesn’t stick to the magnet, then it’s gold-plated. This is common for counterfeit coins that appear to be gold. These coins are only gilded on the surface, but underneath the coating, they are not gold. 

So, if your magnet was attracting your gold piece, you can certainly skip the next tests. You know for sure whether your gold is pure or not from this test. If your gold item doesn’t get attracted at all, it’s likely pure gold.

However, remember that the Magnet Test for gold is still not a foolproof test to find out if the item is made of genuine gold. This is because some counterfeit pieces have other metals which are also not magnetic like silver inside. So make sure to perform other additional tests to be this piece is real gold.

Also, note that jewelry items may have other parts to it that are not gold. These include things like the clasps and bracelet wire. These can be magnetic. So, while it may look like the jewelry is attracted to the magnet, it’s just the metal inside that specific piece that is doing the attracting, not the gold. Be sure to test all parts of the jewelry including the chain, clasp, charms, band, centerpiece, etc. to be utterly sure of its purity.

VINEGAR TEST

The vinegar test is a quick and easy test. You only need a dropper or glass container. You'll also need some white vinegar. 

To use the dropper, follow these steps. First, secure your dropper and fill with white vinegar. Next, hold your gold in your hand or set on a flat surface with a paper towel underneath to prevent messes. Third, place a few drops of vinegar onto your gold.

If the vinegar drops change the gold color, it is not pure gold. If the color does not vary, it is pure gold.

If you're using a glass bowl or cup, fill it with white vinegar. Let the gold sit in the vinegar for about 15 minutes. Remove the gold piece and rinse it. If the gold is real, it will shine. If the gold is fake, it will change color. This reaction is to the acetic acid.

WEIGHT & SIZE TEST (Good for coins!)

This test is ideal if you own bullion coins and want to check the size and weight of your gold. Gold bullion coins are a specific weight and size, made to certain specifications. This will give you a starting point to ensure the authenticity of your gold coin. Since gold is among the densest materials in the world, its weight is very hard to replicate. 

Real gold will be less compact. Counterfeiters will need more of the material to replicate the actual weight of gold. You should know what your gold coin is supposed to weigh, as well as its diameter and thickness. Simply weigh and measure your piece. This will help you to more easily spot real vs fake gold when knowing the specifications and checking to see if the coin matches said features.

THE "TAKE A BITE" TEST

No, here at Bullion Exchanges, we do not actually recommend this test. However, we thought it might be fun to include it.

Many people have seen movies where a cowboy or city businessman bites into gold to see if it's real. The idea is that if your teeth leave bite marks on the gold piece, it's real. However, this test isn't recommended for two reasons. The first is that even gold-plated pieces will show bite marks. The second is that biting into gold, or gold-plated pieces, can severely damage your teeth. So it’s not really effective, and it’s not worth the risk. Maybe try a different method!

THE ACID TEST

The Gold Acid Test is the most popular and accurate home gold test. This is because most acids may harm or damage only fake materials. However, make sure to perform the acid test only if your item was identified as non-magnetic. This helps to avoid any unnecessary expenses and actions. Additionally, take into consideration to carry out the acid test only on pieces that you won’t mind scratching/damaging. Or, items that you will not sell for aesthetic value. Also, be prepared to properly dispose of (or store) your acids after use.

Gold Acid Test

SO IF YOU ARE STILL WONDERING “IS MY GOLD REAL?” AND WANT TO PERFORM THIS GOLD PURITY TEST, YOU NEED TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING TOOLS AND MATERIALS:

  • Rubber gloves, protective eyewear, a piece of glass and a plain white paper towel – as additional safety measures that you can find in a hardware store.

  • Gold Testing Acid Kit – which may include either hydrochloric and nitric acids along with a dropper, or particular samples for each type of gold Karat acids (10K acid, 18K acid, 22K acid, etc.)

  • Black Gold Testing Stone – you must thoroughly rub it with a 320 grit sandpaper, wash and rinse it before making each test.

  • Acid Test Gold Needles – there are different Karat gold tips to use for comparison with your test pieces.

  • Two glass beakers – one to mix water with baking soda for washing the stone, and the other with water inside for rinsing the stone.

Once you have all the above items, make sure to find a well-ventilated area to perform the testing gold with acid. There are two known ways how to test gold by using the acid kit. However, before beginning them, you should differentiate the peculiarities of your specific acid test kit.

The gold testing acid kit, which includes nitric and hydrochloric acids, is good for determining if it’s real or fake gold. You should know that nitric acid, AKA aqua fortis, will dissolve any metal that is not gold. Therefore, checking for a reaction with nitric acid will let you see if your gold is fake or is an alloy.

A mix of 3:1 of nitric and hydrochloric acids, AKA aqua regia, is the only acid mixture that can dissolve gold, even the purest one. You can use this solution only if your gold successfully passed all the nitric acid tests.

If you have a gold karat acid test kit, then you should know that each bottle is a different mixture of nitric acid and other components. Therefore, a reaction with a specific Karat bottle shows your gold piece’s fineness. A slight reaction indicates that you’ve matched the Karat. Finally, an absence of reaction is a sign of higher purity. 

YOU CAN NOW PROCEED TO PERFORM YOUR TEST.

Time to test. First, put on your gloves and eyeglasses. Next, prepare your testing space and proceed to test your gold piece. 

Step One: Use Nitric Acid on your item.

Before you start, you should put the piece of glass on your table and cover it with protection like a plain white paper towel to avoid any damage to your working surface. Place your gold item on another towel. Then, use a small sharp graver to make a small notch in the item, preferably in a hidden spot. Make sure to penetrate and expose the metal beneath the surface, but don’t forget that real gold is very malleable.

After that, carefully place one drop of nitric acid directly on the notch with a tool like an eyedropper. Do not get acid on your skin. Observe the chemical reaction. 

  • If you immediately notice a green effervescent, bubbly, and smoky fizz, it’s fake gold and contains copper. In some cases, it will burn off the plating or discolor the object.  

  • If the notch looks cream-milky, then you have gold plating over sterling silver. It might not be real gold, but this is still something some people collect, such as black ruthenium gold plated coins

At this point, no further testing is required as you have confirmed this item is not real gold. However, if the spot turned darker in color or looks like rusty gold, then you most likelyhave a low Karat gold. 

If you have a special gold karat acid test kit, you should repeat the acid test starting with the highest Karat acid. Then, watch the reaction until the acid stays clear like water. No reaction, or a slight one, means that you’ve matched the right Karat of gold with the correct acid.

An important thing to keep in mind is that when testing different Karat acids, you need to wash the acid off the item in the water and baking soda mix beaker between tests. Then, rinse it in the water beaker.

Genuine gold will stand the test by not reacting with nitric acid. It will leave a clear drop of liquid over the unaffected notch, with no changes in color. Please remember this is still acid, so handle with care at all times. If you want to double test for real gold, you can use the aqua regia mix, BUT we do not recommend placing it directly on your item because it will damage your piece. Use a testing stone method instead.

Step Two: Scratch test the gold on the Black Gold Testing Stone.

You should have done the scratch test already, but this is not repeating that. This part is an extension to the scratch test for determining its fineness. Begin with placing the glass piece on your testing surface. Next, place your Black Gold Testing Stone on the glass and take your gold item and carefully scratch the gold on the stone until it leaves a slight line. 

Now, take one of the Gold Testing Needles and mark your line with a symbol (such as ‘X’ or ‘?’). Then, for each needle, repeat the gold line parallel to yours and write the Karat symbol above the line so you know which acid is for which mark.

Take the first acid, which is usually the 10K acid, and apply its content across your gold samples. Or, you can make small drops on each sample. After 30 seconds, wash the testing stone in the water/baking soda mixture. Rinse it in water and pat it with the plain white paper towel. 

If the acid dissolves your testing sample, then you have a lower Karat piece. On the other hand, if your sample has a slight reaction, you’ve matched the Karat. If it hasn’t changed under the acid’s action, then you have a higher Karat gold. In this case, you should repeat the test steps with the next Karat acids until the result matches your sample.

If you have a 23K or 24K piece, and the last acid bottle from the kit is the 22K, then you have two options from here. You should either proceed to test using gold testing machines, or, if you have pure nitric and hydrochloric acid, perform the aqua regia acid test for gold on your scratch sample. If it dissolves, it’s genuine gold. Remember to always exercise caution when using acids and properly dispose of or store them.

To properly dispose of your acids, always remember to handle them with care and follow your area’s laws regarding disposal.

 

GOLD TESTING MACHINES - ELECTRONIC AND XRF THERMO GOLD TESTERS

Gold Testing Machine

The most accurate and harmless method in testing gold is using electronic or XRF Thermo testing machines. Both professional appraisers and gold owners can use this certified method to tell you the exact composition of your gold piece. You should opt for this test if you want to authenticate your gold coin or bar. You should not have to suffer any potential inaccuracies or damages that might occur from the aforementioned gold testing methods with your high-quality investments.

If you intend to test gold items frequently, then you may think of investing in an electronic gold testing machine. One machine is the Sigma Metalytics Precious Metal Verifier. These electronic devices are battery-powered and easy to handle, but it's important to ensure that they are in working condition. Otherwise, it may give false results.

Just follow the manufacturer's instructions provided with the device and you can be sure that your testing will give you accurate results. You can find below two overviews of the most highly recommended gold testers – the Sigma Metalytics Precious Metal Verifier and XRF Thermo Scientific Analyzer. They are also used for testing silver, platinum, and palladium.

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SIGMA METALYTICS MACHINE

The Precious Metal Verifier from Sigma Metalytics is a perfect choice for measuring gold in bulk, bullion bars, or coins, at home. The testing is performed by matching gold’s electrical characteristics on each Karat with the results of the gold piece.

The gold sample is assessed in less than a second, and it doesn’t damage the bar or coin. This is due to the absence of chemicals. The Precious Metal Verifier uses electromagnetic waves that allow you to measure the underlying metal beneath plating or other surface features. It penetrates deeply into the bar or coin. Therefore, it ignores the surface and assesses the main body of your gold piece.

Besides, you don’t have to remove your coins or bars from their protective holders because the Verifier can work through these plastic cases. The Sigma Metalytics electronic gold tester comes with different sized sensors for different sized gold samples. The main housing comes with the biggest sensor for large precious metal samples, such as 1 oz bars and coins. For measuring smaller gold items, you should connect to the main unit, via the cable, with one of three external wands:

  • NEW Bullion Wand - penetrates the surface of bullion to a depth of .08in (2 mm).

  • Small Wand - for small precious metal samples, such as 1 gram bars, CombiBars, and 1/10 oz coins, etc.

  • Large Wand - for coins and bars with weights between 1/4 and 1 oz.

After placing your gold piece on the right sensor, you must select the gold sample you expect it to be. For example, pure gold, 22K gold, 90% gold or American Eagle Gold. Then, wait for the “Ready” message and press “RUN/CAL.” The Verifier will show the result of your item’s resistivity on its display.

If the black cursor is displayed between the brackets, your item matches the fineness of your gold sample. If an arrow shows up on the display, it indicates that your item is not consistent with gold. Small changes in alloys will also make a huge difference in the Verifier’s results.

THE ADVANTAGES OF THE ELECTRONIC GOLD TESTER SIGMA METALYTICS PRECIOUS METAL VERIFIER:

  • Fast and easy – results within one second and easy to configure.

  • Universal solution – can detect fake gold bars and coins. Can also detect counterfeit silver, platinum and palladium bullion.

  • Highly accurate – reads underneath coating and plating, with a new 2mm depth measurement.

  • Convenient – reads under plastic packaging and doesn’t involve chemistry, messy gel, filling or scraping.

  • Portable and durable – long battery life and no maintenance required.

XRF THERMO SCIENTIFIC

The most accurate gold testing machines use X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometers, but these can cost thousands of dollars. These devices send X-rays through the gold piece. It makes its atoms momentarily excited which moves them into a higher energy state. When returning to their ground state, the atoms release radiation. Then, the XRF precious metal tester detects and reads the radiation to determine the material. This is a low level of gamma radiation, but you should still handle any kind of radiation with care.

The best gold tester is the XRF Thermo Scientific™ analyzer. It will give you a fast, accurate, and nondestructive appraisal of your gold item or any precious metal piece. This gold tester comes with the unique AuDIT™ gold-plating detection technology (Au (Gold) Detection & Identification Technology). It alerts you if your item is plated or not. Also, it provides you with the exact karat weight and percentage of gold and other elements within your item.

Thus, you can easily identify advanced counterfeit gold or items with a lower karat.

The main advantage of using this gold tester is that you will get the precise measurements of the concentration of gold and other metals. This is without having to manually change any settings or calibration. Besides, since there are no chemicals or aggressive measures involved, this method is the most accurate test to authenticate your gold items.

100% GUARANTEED TEST – FREE APPRAISAL FROM A RELIABLE PROVIDER

Yes, the most reliable and easiest way to determine if you have real or fake gold is by taking your piece to a certified precious metal consultant, like Bullion Exchanges.

Ideally, this is the best method to authenticate your gold item because you will get your piece examined and analyzed by qualified appraisers. We use top-notch digital gold testers like the ones described above.

At Bullion Exchanges, you will receive a free appraisal. You can either ship your goods to us or visit our store. We use both the Sigma Metalytics Precious Metal Verifier and the XRF Thermo Scientific Gold Analyzer. You will find our contact information here if you would like to ship or come visit us in person in the heart of NYC’s Diamond District.

We appraise precious coins, rounds, and bars made of gold, silver, platinum, palladium, and rhodium. The store authentication is fully transparent when you come in person. We perform the tests right in front of you, so you can be sure you get the most accurate results. On top of that, our certified experts have vast experience and knowledge in identifying fake bullion items.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

This article showcases the most popular methods about how to tell if gold is real from DIY ways to test gold at home, to using the most advanced digital gold tester machines. However, you will always benefit from a free and quick appraisal from a reliable provider like Bullion Exchanges.

Without a doubt, having your gold appraised is the safest and most accurate testing gold method you can easily obtain. Contact us and we will help you uncover the real value of your precious gold, silver, platinum, palladium, or rhodium investments.

You can call us at 212-354-1517, toll-free at 800-852-6884,or email us at customerservice@bullionexchanges.com. You can also come visit our retail office at 30 West 47th Street, Store 1, New York, NY 10036. We will be happy to assist you and appraise your gold products for free.