Whether you’ve had a piece of jewelry for ages or recently picked up a new addition secondhand, there can sometimes be doubt about its authenticity. Being able to spot the difference between a real and fake piece of jewelry takes a highly trained eye. Thankfully, residents of Bridgewater, Wayne, and East Garden City have an expert resource — American Coins & Gold! As a go-to jewelry buyer in New Jersey and New York, they have some tips to help you make a determination.
3 Methods of Detecting Fake Jewelry
1. Look for Markings
If you’re not familiar with various metals, it can be difficult to tell if a piece of jewelry is genuine. Metals such as silver-plated, sterling silver, and palladium all look similar, but there are some important details to keep any eye out for. Most pieces of jewelry have markings indicating their metal type and purity, such as a gold ring with “10k” stamped directly on its underside. Searching for and finding these markings is the first step in confirming the legitimacy of the jewelry. An experienced jewelry buyer can help locate and confirm the authenticity of these marks.
2. Check for Wear & Discoloration
Examine areas of the piece that come in regular contact with skin and check for discoloration or wear. A gold-plated ring, for example, can slowly begin to wear down and show the metal underneath after some time. Additionally, if a piece of jewelry turns your skin green or causes a rash, it’s most likely not made from a pure metal.
3. Perform the Magnet & Ceramic Test on Gold
Gold isn’t a magnetic metal, and this comes in handy when testing your jewelry for authenticity. If a piece is attracted by a magnet, it’s most likely gold-plated instead of pure. This test, however, won’t work on all types of plated jewelry since some of the underlying material isn’t magnetic either. In these cases, lightly scrape a piece of the jewelry on an unglazed ceramic plate. If the piece leaves behind a black mark, it’s not genuine. Jewelry made from pure gold will only leave behind a gold streak.
If you’re still wondering whether your jewelry is real or not after using these tips, don’t worry! American Coins & Gold is ready to help. With three locations in the New York and New Jersey area, you’re never too far away from an expert jewelry buyer who can tell if your pieces are authentic. For more information, visit their website or call any of their three locations. Contact the Bridgewater shop at (908) 575-9400, the Wayne store at (201) 628-4800, or the East Garden City location at (516) 742-0900.