Gold is very distinctive in appearance and there are tests to determine if it is real. Nitric acid is sometimes used to test the validity of gold. Most jewelers have a "makers mark" that is imprinted on their jewelry and it can be found with a visual inspection. Looking for a "makers mark" can be misleading because of forgeries and over time the mark gets worn down. A magnet can be used to determine validity of the gold.
Things You'll Need
Place the gold on a flat table. Place the magnet next to the gold.
Slide the gold over to the magnet. Move the magnet away from the gold.
Observe to see if the two are attracted. If the gold is attracted to the magnet, then the gold is not real.
Tips & Warnings
- Gold itself is not magnetic but many metals for gold plating are so if the magnet attracts it is the plating.
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