How Can You Tell If Your Gold Jewelry Is Real?

How can you tell if your gold jewelry is real? Send your jewelry to an appraiser or jewelry shop to have it tested for the percentage of gold. You would have to send it in to a jewelry shop that has a machine...

You would have to send it in to a jewelry shop that has a machine that can test the percentage of gold versus the percentage of other material in it. Because there is no way that anybody can tell, unless they're certified. With gold, it has to be however many parts of gold versus the nickel or the zinc that is in it. Based on a 24-level scale, where "24 Karat gold" means pure gold or 99.9% gold. Similarly, 14 Karat gold would be an alloy in which 14 parts out of 24 are pure gold and the remaining 10 parts are other metals, which determines the color and mechanical properties of the gold alloy. The less of the other things that are in it, the softer the gold is going to be, but it will also be worth more simply because there is more gold in it.

Very seldom do you ever see 24 karat gold. You will see 18 karat and platinum, but 18 karats will never be by itself to often. You will see a lot of 18 karat, 24 karat bracelet and necklaces. The gold is going to stretch on you regardless of what karat they are. You want them to stay the way they are and that's why you have a lot more 10 karat and 14 karat gold rings. The higher the number, the more gold content there is in it.

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