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how to tell if something is real gold or fake?

i need to tell if i have gold wire connextion how can i tell if its real gold or fake

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Try taking it to a jeweler. The could tell you right away.

  • Amy F
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Well, Archimedes did it by weighing the "gold", calculating how much space it ought to take up, then dunking it into a full tub of water to see how much space it actually took up. If it helps, the density of gold is 19.3 grams per milliliter. The tub has to be exactly brim-full, you have to lower the "gold" in without splashing, and you have to have something to catch the water. The volume of water spilled is the same as the volume of the "gold".

  • 5 years ago

    Real gold is very soft. It also has a specific ring to it when dropped on a table. Fake is usually made from copper or zink then plated. It will be hard and sound more tinny when dropped

  • 1 decade ago

    Gold has a very unique texture. When you rub it with your fingers, it feels like you are rubbing off paint off a surface, but your fingers end up clear.

    Fake gold tends to cause rashes and itchiness when worn. Real gold doesn't do that, and it also never stops shining. Hence its value.

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  • JJ
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    If you don't maind destroying whatever it is you wish to test, drop it in conc. sulphuric acid: gold will not disslove unless you use aqua regia - a mixture of sulphuric acid and nitric acid.

  • 1 decade ago

    there are gold testing kits

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Get a touch stone and rub it on it.

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