When buying gold jewellery, it is important to determine whether what you’re paying for is real gold or whether it’s just gold plated or gold coloured. Depending upon whether the jewellery is made from real gold, this will obviously inflate the price so being sure of what you’re buying is crucial.

There are a few different ways in which to tell whether the gold jewellery is real or fake.

Look for Gold Hallmarks

When looking to see whether the gold jewellery is made from real gold look for stamps on the inside of the ring, on the clasp of necklaces or usually found on the base of gold items. These stamps mark the karat of the item which determines the purity of the gold item along with the manufacturer’s stamp. Some older gold items may not have hallmarks stamped on them, however.

Stamps with the letters, HEG, HGP and GF would mean that the item is not made up of pure gold. HEG stands for heavy electroplated gold, HGP stands for heavy gold plate and GF stands for gold filled.

Magnet Test

Gold, as a metal, does not have magnetic qualities. When testing whether your gold items are real using a heavy-duty magnet will provide the answer. Fake gold items will be attracted to the magnet, but real gold will not.

In some pieces of gold jewellery, the clasp may not be made from gold but the chain and charms could be. In this case, the clasp would be attracted to the magnet but the rest of the piece would not be.

Floating Gold

Pure gold has a density of 19.32 grams per cubic centimetre and as a result of this density, when dropped into a cup a water, real gold will sink, however, fake gold will float.

Fake gold is also more susceptible to rusting whereas real gold will not rust.

Pay Attention to Seller Descriptions Online

When buying gold jewellery online, particularly on places like eBay it can be difficult to tell if you are paying for the real thing or not. To give the impression of gold, descriptions and product titles can be cleverly manipulated, to make it look like the item is gold, when in reality, it is just gold plated or gold coloured.

One common trick is to attract attention with a product heading that says an item is gold, but in the description, tucked away somewhere it may state that it is not in fact genuine solid gold.

Make sure you look at seller ratings and read reviews for similar products that the seller has sold, and if you are unsure, contact the seller beforehand and ask them outright.

Skin Test

If the skin surrounding the jewellery experiences discolouration when wearing the item of jewellery, this is a tell-tale sign that the item is not real gold. When checking for fake gold, keep an eye on whether the skin around the jewellery starts to turn black or green – if it does, then the piece is most likely fake!

Fool-proof Testing

The most effective way to guarantee that your gold items are real would be to take them into a jewellers or consultants who can test the gold items for you. By using high-tech machinery, these specialists will be able to determine whether the items are made from real gold or fake gold.

Selling Your Real Gold Items

At The Manchester Gold Exchange, we buy real gold items for a competitive price! Although we can’t offer you any money for fake gold items, we have the technology to test these items for you to determine whether the items you have are made from real gold or fake gold.

We’re conveniently located in the city centre and offer free on-site parking for all our customers, ensuring easy access to our facilities. Find out more about the gold selling process or come and visit us at Victoria House, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 7DB. Alternatively, get in touch to receive an estimated price over the phone, call 0161 273 2511.