How to Tell If Your Gold is Real

How to Tell If Your Gold is Real

By today’s standards, anything under 10k is considered fake gold. Follow these steps and helpful

tips to make sure your gold is real before you decide to sell to online gold buyers.


Inspect your gold pieces to see if there is any sign or stamp that indicates the karat measurement of your gold. Look for signs of rust or oxidation. Gold is less likely to rust because it is largely nonreactive.

Magnet Test

Gold is NOT magnetic, in its purest form it is soft and smooth. You can get a mag

net from your hardware or store and do this simple test by placing your gold item near it. If the gold piece is attracted to the magnet, your gold is not pure and is likely mixed with other metals.

Drop It in Water

Get a glass cup and fill it half way up then drop the piece of jewelry into the water. Real gold will sink right away while fake gold will float for a few seconds and then sink. This is one of the easiest and affordable ways you can tell if your gold is real in the comfort of your own home.


All in all, the most reliable way to tell if your gold is real is to take your gold jewelry to a professional appraiser. As professionals, they know how to tell if your gold is real and what it’s worth. They might offer to buy it from you or even sell it for you and give you cash in return.

Here at GoldFellow, we are your trusted online gold buyers who can give you cash for gold. Our process is simple and secure. Contact us to learn what we buy and what we pay.

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