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 »

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 »

The most effective way to tell if a ring is real gold is to take it to a jeweler for inspection. There are also some simple tests that can be done at home. More »

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 »

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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 »