6 Easy ways to tell if you have the real thing:

Gold jewellery isn't just about looking fabulous; it's also like a secret treasure that sparkles on your skin! Whether you've got your hands on a vintage dainty gold chain, a hand-me-down heirloom, or you're just curious about your glittering goodies, we're here to spill the glitzy beans on how to test for gold jewellery right from the comfort of your vanity table.

Unlocking the secrets of chunky gold chains: How to test for gold jewellery

To test your jewellery for gold, keep reading our super easy tips listed below.

In the world of fashion and bling, chunky gold chains, cute gold huggies and effortless gold rings are making a massive comeback. These bold, statement pieces not only ooze style but also signify luxury. Whether you're a jewellery enthusiast or planning to invest in a dainty gold chain, it's essential to ensure the authenticity of your glamorous piece. In this blog, we'll dive into the art of testing gold jewellery at home to guarantee that you're truly wearing your worth.

Why authenticity matters:

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of testing for gold jewellery, it's crucial to understand why authenticity matters, especially when dealing with dainty gold necklaces. These beautiful necklaces can come with a substantial price tag, and knowing whether you have a genuine gold piece or a mere imitation is essential for your peace of mind and wallet. 


  1. How to seek the stamp of approval on your dainty chain: Start with the easiest glam detective work ever – check for hallmarks. These cute little stamps often say things like "18K" or "14K" for posh 18-karat and 14-karat gold, or "10K" for your 10-karat cutie. Spotting these stamps is like finding a unicorn in a jewellery store. But be cautious – some cheeky imitations can have fake stamps too!

  2. Test your gold chain using magnetic magic: Real gold doesn't play well with magnets, darling! This magnetic test is like having your chunky gold chain spill the beans itself. Just hold a strong magnet near your piece. If it's drawn to the magnet, it's probably not the real deal. Keep an eye out, though, as other metals mixed with gold might also swoon for the magnet's charm.

  3. Test your favourite   gold ring for authenticity using acid: Let's get a bit science-y and play with acids, shall we? You'll need nitric acid for this, which you can order online. Gently scratch your gold ring on a touchstone and add a drop of nitric acid. If the scratch mark vanishes, it's a gold star for your piece. But if it turns green – uh-oh – it's likely a gold wannabe.

  4. Does the weight of gold indicate a fake? Real gold knows how to be heavy and dense, just like your best friend's secret chocolate stash! Compare your dainty gold necklace's weight to its size – if it feels heavier than it looks, that's a win. It's not as precise as other tests, but it's like the first sip of a delicious milkshake.

  5. Diva-approved acid scratch: If you're not up for the fancy nitric acid, go for the DIY version with vinegar and a ceramic tile. Scratch your gold ring on the tile, then drop some vinegar on it. If the scratch vanishes in a puff of glitter, you're still in gold paradise. If it turns into a mood-changing hue, you might have a sassy gold imitation.

  6. Can you test for gold using an ice cube? Ice Ice Baby! Real gold doesn't react to freezing cold temperatures. Hold the ice against your gold hoop earring and watch the drama unfold. Real gold keep the same temperature, what happens to imitation? It'll feel the cold in an instant. 

Remember, darling, these DIY tests are all about having a bit of glittery fun, but for a golden guarantee, don't hesitate to contact gold jewellery specialists Elk & Bloom. They have all the glamorous tools, to give your gold necklaces the red-carpet treatment it deserves. Your gold jewellery collection is a treasure trove of elegance, sentiment, and personal style. A well-organised and carefully maintained jewellery box can be your secret weapon in this quest.


Your bling is worth every ounce of effort, and staying fabulous is a girl's golden rule!" 🌟💍💖

October 18, 2023 — Elk & Bloom

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