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Don't head to the mall or click "add to my shopping cart" without checking out the buying, spending, and shopping tips in these Howcast videos. You'll learn how to get the best deals at outlet stores; shop at a thrift store; make the most of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales; buy jewelry at auction; and much more.
You Will Need
- Gold coin
- Gold jewelry
- Jeweler or metal exchange expert
- Tissue paper or jewelry box (optional)
Bite the gold
Bite down onto a gold coin or jewelry piece. Fake gold will not dent at all on a bite test. Real gold will, but so will some newer methods of gold plating.
Look for a stamp or other marking
Examine the surface of the gold item to see if you can find a stamp or other marking that indicates a carat value. American-made gold items will have this type of mark, but items from other countries may not.
Examine the surface of the item
Examine the surface of the gold item, looking carefully for any green or black spots that may be visible. These markings indicate fake gold.
Feel the weight of the gold item
Hold the gold item in your hand, and pay attention to the weight. Real gold is very dense and heavy, but fake gold will feel lighter.
Consult with an expert
Consult with a jeweler or metal exchange expert to confirm the authenticity of your gold item. They can also help you determine a value for your new find and help you know whether you did indeed find real gold.