Simple tests that can be performed at home to identify real gold include checking for markings and magnetic attraction, testing for heaviness and observing nitric acid reactions. Additionally, scratching gold against pot... More »

Identify jewelry markings by the type of precious metal content they symbolize. In the United States, jewelry manufacturers are required to inform the customer of the precious metal content in a piece of jewelry, which t... More »

Though not required by law, most gold jewelry pieces carry a quality mark that denotes the proportion of pure gold each contains. The letter "K" in the mark stands for the word "karat," the unit used in the gold-content ... More » Beauty & Fashion Jewelry & Watches Precious Metals & Gems

M & M Gold Exchange notes that jewelers and others have long used the same tests, including applying nitric acid and attempting to attach a magnet to a metal piece, to verify an item is made of real gold. In the United S... More »

Determine if gold is real by looking for a hallmark purity stamp, checking for magnetic attraction or performing a nitric acid test. Real gold is not attracted to a magnet and does not react when tested with nitric acid.... More » Beauty & Fashion Jewelry & Watches Precious Metals & Gems

In addition to standard gold purity markings such as 10K, 14K and so on, real gold jewelry is often stamped with a three-digit code. These codes correlate to the purity of the gold within the piece. Gold marked with the ... More »

You can differentiate real gold from fake gold by completing a density test, magnetic test, nitric acid test or by checking for a hallmark. A sure way to tell if gold is real or not is to take it to a professional apprai... More »