How To Check If Your Gold Jewellery Is Authentic

Gold jewellery holds not only monetary value but also sentimental significance for many people. Whether it's a family heirloom or a recent purchase, ensuring its authenticity is crucial. With the prevalence of counterfeit items in the market, knowing how to check the authenticity of your gold jewellery is essential. Here are some reliable methods to help you determine whether your gold is genuine: 


1. Look for Hallmarks: Authentic gold jewellery often bears hallmarks or stamps indicating its purity. Common hallmarks include numbers like 999, 916 or 750, indicating the purity of the gold. In Singapore, Singapore Assay Office (SAO) is the only recognised and independent body that tests and certifies precious metal articles. The set of SAO hallmark includes jewellery company logos or initials, a diamond shape with lion head logo and the gold purity on the jewellery. These hallmarks signify that the piece has been tested and meets the standard for gold purity.


2. Magnet Test: Gold is not magnetic, so using a magnet can help determine its authenticity. If your jewellery is attracted to the magnet, it likely contains other metals and is not pure gold. However, keep in mind that this method may not be foolproof, as some counterfeiters may use non-magnetic metals to mimic gold. 


3. Density Test: Gold is a dense metal, so its weight can help authenticate it. You can measure the weight of your jewellery using a precise scale and calculate its density by dividing the weight by its volume. While this method requires more precision and equipment, it can provide a more accurate assessment of the gold's authenticity.


4. Seek Professional Evaluation: When in doubt, it's best to seek the expertise of a professional jeweller or appraiser. These professionals have the knowledge and tools to accurately assess the authenticity of your gold jewellery. They may use specialized equipment like X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers to determine the composition of the metal accurately.


5. Conduct Visual Inspection: Examine your jewellery for signs of wear and tear that are consistent with genuine gold. Real gold tends to maintain its luster over time and does not tarnish or corrode easily. Additionally, check for any discoloration or fading, as these could indicate that the piece is gold-plated rather than solid gold.


Verifying the authenticity of your gold jewellery is essential to ensure its value and quality. Remember to exercise caution when purchasing jewellery and always buy from reputable sources to minimize the risk of counterfeit items. In Arthesdam Jewellery, every piece of Jewellery is certified by the Singapore Assay Office (SAO) with the SAO Hallmark, ensuring customers can purchase with confidence and peace of mind.