3 ways to test if Gold is real

There are many ways to detect whether Gold is real or not. Here are some of the easiest yet some of the complicated tests to check if your gold is real or not. Since the time gold has existed, there have been at all times people who have tried to make it themselves through duplicating and faking. In order to mitigate and prevent the risk of spending your hard-earned money on something which may not be real, we’d suggest our clients to always purchase their gold and silver bullion from a recognized and prestigious dealer, Bullion House like ours. We assure you with the highest quality of gold bullion bars that complies with the Standards of London Good Delivery (LGD) and Dubai Good Delivery (DGD) checked for their weight, metal, and authenticity.
Though, fake and bogus bullion does exist and there exists probability that at some point people may come across it. Being aware of how to test the gold for their authenticity could save a lot of trouble and, most importantly the hard-earned-money. Fortunately, due to the unique properties of gold, precise imitations are incredibly difficult to style and brand and there are a few easy below-mentioned tests, one can do at home to tell if the gold is real.


1. Pocket magnet test

gold coin and magnet

One of the easiest test which can be conducted at home. Disparate to most metals, gold is not magnetic and a real gold bullion coin, bar, or a piece of jewellery will not stick to a magnet. You can try this at home with any practically strong magnet.
You can try picking up your gold (bar, coin, jewellery) with a magnet. Should you be able to, it is certain that your coin, bar, or jewellery is made from, or at least contains, one or several other metals. One should be alert while performing this test or operating through this method, though, gold is not the only non-magnetic metal, there have been attempts where a fake coin, jewellery could well pass this test. We suggest that you use and rely not only on the magnet test but several of the other tests mentioned in this article to be sure about the genuineness of the gold.

2. Sound testing - testing the gold by the sound

sound test

Usually and commonly known as the ‘ping’ test, enables us to tell whether a coin is made from real or imitation gold by listening to the sound it produces when struck. Precious metals will produce anextensive, high-pitched clear sound when struck as opposed to base metals, whose respective sounds when compared will be blunt, flat and shorter. Harmonizing and equalizing the coin at the end of your finger and tapping it with another coin should make a ringing sound clear enough, and the difference between a coin made from pure gold and one made from a fake, bogus or imitation should be noticeable.

3. Testing through ceramic - the ceramic test

ceramic test

Another way to know if your gold is real or not is by performing this simple and uncomplicated test; you can place your gold coin/jewellery either over a ceramic plate or a ceramic sheet, scale. Next; merely drag your gold across an unglazed ceramic plate, applying gentle pressure. After putting the gentle pressure, if a “gold mark” is visible on the ceramic plate/sheet, then the gold in your possession is a real one. However, if the visible mark is black, then it is a fake gold.

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