How to Identify Real Gold
Posted on: 16th November 2016 By Alisson

If you aren’t exactly sure how to differentiate between real gold and fake gold, don’t feel bad. Most people have no idea how to distinguish between the two. If you own gold or are looking to purchase it, you should know that there is plenty of counterfeit gold making the rounds. Criminals make phony gold knowing that they will eventually find someone to fall for the scam and fork over their hard-earned money. Let’s delve into the differences between real gold and fake gold as well as plated gold.

Fake Gold Versus Plated Gold

Plated gold and fake gold are not one in the same. Plated gold is made with a special electrochemical/chemical process. The purpose of plated gold is to cover another metal within the precious metal. Though plated gold is used in an array of electronics as well as ornamentation, some try to pawn it off as legitimate gold that is worth top dollar.

How to Identify Legitimate Gold

You can distinguish real gold from plated gold and fake gold in a number of different ways. However, these tests are not 100 percent accurate. Plated gold and phony gold are created with an array of materials and processes. As a result, one test designed to identify a certain material could falter in the attempt to identify a second material.

One of the more popular tests to discern real gold from fake gold is biting down into it. True gold should be soft enough to display the indentations created by the pressure of the teeth. Such indents should be quite deep in gold of high purity. Yet the bite test will not suffice when it comes to distinguishing gold-plated lead or regular lead as lead is extremely soft.

Another common test that distinguishes between real gold and fake gold is to drag the alleged gold across a surface made with un-glazed ceramic. This test will inform you as to whether the substance is pyrite (fool’s gold) or legitimate gold. If the dragging process generates a black streak instead of a gold streak, it is highly likely that the material is fool’s gold rather than legitimate gold. The only problem with this test is that it causes a scratching of the gold to determine if it is indeed legitimate.

Some attempt to distinguish real gold from fake gold by moving a magnet over the substance. Yet any old magnet will not suffice. If you decide to try the magnet test, use a strong magnet from the hardware store. Gold is not magnetic so legitimate gold will not react to the passing of the magnet over its top. Unfortunately, the gold test is not completely flawless as phony gold and plated gold are not always made with magnetic metals.

A number of other tests can determine the legitimacy of alleged gold. However, many of these tests are used by professional metal experts rather than laymen for good reason. One such test involves the dripping of nitric acid on the alleged gold. Real gold will not react to nitric acid. If a reaction occurs, the substance is not legitimate gold. Acid that alters the colour to green indicates the existence of a base metal. A colour change to gold or a milky hue indicates brass or silver.

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