Gold is glamorous, gold is shiny and it is considered one of the most precious metals available. Gold is a member of the transition metals and it lies in the same periodic table column with copper and silver. Since the discovery of gold, it has often been associated with royalty and wealth. It is these properties that makes gold one of the target metals of forgery. There are many jewel sellers who can sell you gold that does not meet the required standards. It is in this concept that you should know ways of identifying gold. Fake gold is often plated on another material and they are often cheaper than real gold. There are different ways of identifying real gold from fake gold and these include the following:

Look for the hallmark

Nearly all gold sold at the exchange are stamped with a hallmark which denotes the karat weight of the gold. For jewellery, you will see a number and a letter ‘K’ at the end to denote the number of karats in the gold. The number indicates the parts in 24 so for example 14 K means that the gold is 14 karats or 14/24, while 24 K means that it is pure gold in that it is 24/24.  Another way of measuring the amount of gold in metal is the decimal expression .585 means that it is 58.5% while 1.00 means that it is pure gold. For items that do not have the expression indicated on them, you can use other techniques to identify them.

Nitric acid test

If you are dealing with scrap gold, you can use the nitric acid test to identify the gold. In this test, you can scratch a place on the jewel or gold plate that cannot be seen. Use a dropper to add nitric acid on the scratch. Real gold does not react with nitric acid, however, if you are dealing with a different material it will react with the gold-plated material. Gold over sterling will leave a milky substance when nitric acid is applied. You can have a team of certified professionals in Manchester to help you in identifying your gold.

Liquid foundation test

This is another technique used in identifying gold. However, it is only applicable to tiny items such as jewelry. Here you rub the material on a body surface, and if not leave black streaks on the surface the material is not real gold.

Density test

In this test you will use water in a jar, you are to drop the gold material in the jar if it sinks it is real gold because gold is heavier. However, if the material floats then you are dealing with a wrong material. Along with this test you can use a magnet if the gold is attracted to the magnet when you are dealing with a material that is not real gold.

Professional appraisal

This is the surefire way of telling if your gold is genuine or not. A gold dealer is equipped with the right material to determine if your gold is fake or real. Manchester gold exchange experts will help you in identifying gold because they are experts in this field.

If you have any gold at home that you would like to have valued at The Manchester Gold Exchange, then pop down and see our expert analysts at Victoria House, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5EU, or give us a call on 0161 273 2511 for an estimated quote over the phone.