How To Identify Gold Chains
Interested in knowing how to identify gold chains? Need to know what things to look for that will reveal to you whether gold is real? Below are the identifiers you should be searching for, when you have gold jewelry in your possession.
Supplies you will need:
- Jewelry file
- 10kt and 14kt solution
- Paper towel
- Check for markings on your gold. Most gold jewelry will have karat markings, indicating whether the gold is 10kt, 14kt and 18kt. Gold jewelry will also at times have abbreviation markings on the clasp. These abbreviations will have the gold symbol "AU" which is on the periodic table. If you have gold jewelry that does not have any markings on it, then it is more than likely from another country. US laws state that jewelry made in America must have stampings on them to indicate its authenticity and karat.
- Use a magnet to identify, whether your gold is real. Use a magnet to test your jewelry. Gold is not attracted to magnets, like other metals. The only exception to this is copper which is not attracted to a magnet as well. This is a good tip to use when testing gold, but it shouldn't be used solely.
- Identify gold jewelry by using gold test solution. You can buy gold testing solution from online for a very cheap price, usually no more than about two to three dollars a bottle. Take the jewelry you have and file it in an area, that is not outwardly visible to the naked eye. Now take the gold testing solution and squeeze a small dab onto the spot where you filed. If the spot bubbles up and turns colors, it is fake gold jewelry. Note: When you file don't over do it, a small little nick is sufficient.