How To: Determine if jewelry or coins are made from real gold or fake

Determine if jewelry or coins are made from real gold or fake

You never know what you might stumble across at your next visit to a flea market or thrift store. Real gold is very soft, so biting down on the piece is a time-honored test for real gold. You can also examine your jewelry for a maker's carat stamp or discoloration that may indicate fake metal.

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