Gold jewellery is more than just fashion to some persons, it could mean an investment and people would be disappointed to find out that the food jewellery they bought is not up to standard.
A gold’s purity is measured in karat and is mostly categorised as 24,22,10,14,10 karats. A 24 karat gold is made up of 100 percent good without the mixture of an alloy though most jewellery are made up of 22 karat to 10 karat gold.
To look out for a real gold jewellery,
1. Look out the karat stamp on the jewellery piece. Producers of gold jewellery usually make hall mark of gold karat in each and every good piece. So if your golf jewellery has 20 karat inscribed on it, that means that it contains 20 pure gold and 4 of other metals.
Hall marks are used to show the gold’s level of purity.
2. Hold a piece of gold jewellery between your hands for a couple of minutes, the sweat that comes from your hand will either react with the metal and change the colour of your skin or leave it unaffected. If the gold is real then there will be no discoloration, but when it is fake, it will cause your skin colour to change.
3. Get your gold close to a magnet and if it attracts to the magnet then it is fake. Real golds do not magnet.
Sometimes this test may not be the best because some of the base metals are non-magnetic.
4. Drop a piece of gold jewellery in water to see if it will float in water or over over the bottom of the container, if it doesn’t, then you have a real gold.
5. Check for the size and weight of the gold jewellery, if you have a piece of gold jewellery that looks too large for its weight or feels too light for it’s size then it could be a warning sign.