How Could U Tell If Jewelery Is Real ...

Phoenix, AZ

#714 Jul 1, 2011
aleshia wrote:
The other day I went to a sale like a yard sale, but there was a whole bunch different people selling stuff in front of a antique shop no it wasn't a flea market. There was an old lady selling jewelry she had a nice gold bracelet it had blue sapphires and diamonds. I really want to know if it is real this old lady had really poor vision and could not read it. It
S14kGE and other clasp says LIND CHINA
I tryed the magnet test it doesn't stick bit. I
tryed the drop in water test it sinks. Does any body know what this means please tell?
S14KGE means that it is silver electroplated with Gold.
Ed Meyer

Liberty, MO

#715 Jul 1, 2011
There are some really stupid or ignorant people here....namely the ones who said only gold will sink...Hey I picked up a brick today...threw it on a bucket of water...and IT MUST BE GOLD...Cause IT SANK!

Oakland, CA

#716 Jul 2, 2011
On my necklace it has 24KGB what does 24kgb mean
Ed Meyer

Liberty, MO

#717 Jul 2, 2011
24KGB means 24k Gold Bonded, sorry just plate....But dont fret, gold bond is a thickness of at least 1/20th of the whole weight, unlike standard gold plating which is a barely perceptable ammount.
buh bracelet

Charlotte, NC

#718 Jul 4, 2011
Recieved a gold buckle bracelet a long time ago and never wear. I was looking at it the other day and realized it has 14 kt Italy on back and a letter "b" or "8" with a circle around it. Wanted to know if it is gold or gold plated? Also has diamonds on the clasp.
Ed Meyer

Liberty, MO

#719 Jul 4, 2011
The 14k does indeed tell you that it is gold, the either 8 or B inside the circle would be the makers mark, whithout seeing it or a picture of it I cannot identify the maker.
Hope this helps.
Ed Meyer
amanda kay

Greenville, GA

#722 Jul 7, 2011
the makeup thing doesn't work because even the fake jewelry will make the colored line. i just tried it. The sterling silver set i have made the line too.
amanda kay

Greenville, GA

#723 Jul 7, 2011
the ring set i have doesn't say anything inside of it. but it feels and looks like white gold. It just looks less sparkling than my silver set. I was told silver jewelry looks more dazzling than the real gold stuff. i really hope that this set is real bc i want to have it sized so i can wear it. any suggestions?
Ed Meyer

Liberty, MO

#724 Jul 7, 2011
Amanda, your item may in fact be an unmarked piece of gold, though from the patina you describe sounds more like platinum....but as you know, maybe just junk, best bet is to take it to a jeweler who buys gold, and have it tested.
And yes Amanda I have to laugh at the people who suggest the "makeup test"...not only do they look foolish, but they are likely convincing the gullible ones to throw away something which might in fact be gold when their test gives the 87% false negative.

Arnold, MO

#725 Jul 9, 2011
melisa wrote:
The makeup test really does work! Pit a small bit of foundation on your hand (the back side) then some powder makeup andn run the gold across your hand where the makeup is. not so hard that you will break your piece but hard enough to where it could leave a mark. If it leaves a black mark then it is real if it does not leave any form of black or gray marks its fake.I found out that mine was real!!! YAYYY thanks for that makeup tip
If the jewlery is real gold AND you are low of iron it will leave a black or gray mark, if you are not low it will not leave a mark. So that test would not be a sure thing for everyone.

Addison, IL

#726 Jul 9, 2011
I f you are low in iron, you can rub a real gold item across your fore head or down your face and it will leave a black or gray mark as tho you had used a pencil.
Ed Meyer

Liberty, MO

#727 Jul 9, 2011
Lead pewter copper and brass also leave a maybe theyre really gold huh?
As I have said before, the only RELIABLE way to test your metals is to spend the few dollars and buy a test kit, for less than $20 a person can be secure in the knowledge as to whether or not an item is real.

Philadelphia, PA

#728 Jul 22, 2011
to find out if it is indeed real gold there is an easy at home test you can do. HERES WHAT TO DO:
1)fill a pot up with soda, preferably Mountain dew or Dr. Pepper
2)Boil the soda until it starts to bubble and steam
3)Carefully drop your jewelry in the boiling hot soda while flame is still on.
4)Leave jewelry in the pot for 25-30mins
5)Next dump out the soda and jewelry into a small pan of ice with holes threw it to drain the soda and seperate the jewelry.
6)let it sit in ice for about 3 mins.
7)take out your jewelry and spray paint it any color.
8)Now look at the jewelry and if it is destroyed than it was indeed real gold.

Since: Jun 11

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#729 Jul 23, 2011

Thanks for your valuable question. I would like to say that, If the jewelry you are purchasing doesn't have a stamp stating that it's 10k, 14k, 18k, or 22k, chances are that it isn't real gold.
If the jewelry is stamped and you still question whether or not it is real gold, you can take it to certain jewelers to find out whether or not it is real gold. A jeweler will be able to perform a chemical test or look at the piece under a jeweler's loop to determine the quality of the piece.
The best way to tell the purity of gold is by purchasing a Nitric acid test kit; such a kit can be found on sites like E-bay for under $30. It will cover karats ranging from 10 karat to 22k karat, as well as silver & platinum! Markings on a piece are usually completely useless -- the amount of jewelry that's improperly marked is absurd. If you're not buying from a reputable jeweler, I strongly suggest using the Nitric acid test kit.

Thanks for your help!!
Baldwin Thompson

Wrightsville, GA

#731 Aug 6, 2011
i have a 10 kt white gold ring, marked 10k, on the stone dropping 14kt acid it turns dark, i filed the ring 14k acid has turned the ring a copper color, when i drop 10 k acid on the ring, it doesnt change the color, and doesnt bubble, 14k it does however bubble a little .. is it real?
Ed Meyer

Liberty, MO

#732 Aug 6, 2011
Dealer, Yes it appears that your ring would be real, the color change using the 14k acid on 10k is normal.

Since: Aug 11

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#733 Aug 9, 2011
Hi everyone! This autumn I and my love have an engagement! I want to buy something especial. In our town I cannt find something that really pass. If you have any advices of good online jewelry store, please write it!

Stuart, FL

#735 Aug 9, 2011
I can't tell if it's 24kgf or 24kgp..If it's electro plate doesn't it have an E?

United States

#736 Aug 11, 2011
I found a men's bracelet that on both ends has on one side 14kt under that it says Italy on the other side it says minor.the clasp has a stamp but I can not tell what it is. Can anyone give me info on this piece.

United States

#737 Aug 11, 2011
Sorry milor not minor stupid smart phone

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