How to Identify Saudi Gold?

Pilgrims often buy gold and gold jewelry for themselves or their relatives from Saudi Arabia.   Yet, one of the biggest concerns is to identify Saudi gold. There have been incidents where silver or other inferior metal was sold as gold and people couldn’t identify it as it was having a gold covering (gold plating).

To be assured that you have real Saudi gold with you, we are here to tell you 6 ways to identify Saudi Gold. Recommended: 8 Markets to buy Gold in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  1. Perform the simple Nitric Acid Test

Nitric acid will help you identify Saudi gold. Gold is a metal that does not easily react with acids. If you want to know you are holding Saudi gold, make a small mark/ scratch on the gold or jewelry and add few drops of nitric acid on it. If:

  • The mark turns green, you are having fake Saudi gold.
  • The mark turn milky white, you have sterling silver.
  • The mark remains unchanged and no reaction occurs: you have real Saudi gold!

  1. Float test

To identify Saudi gold, you can perform a simple test known as the float test or density test. Being a pure metal, Saudi gold tends to sit down in the water while other metals tend to float.

So, take a jar, fill with water and add the gold to it. If it sinks: you have real Saudi gold, if it floats it is fake.

  1. The Magnet test

To identify Saudi gold, place a heavy magnet (not ordinary one) close to the jewelry to be tested. If:

  • There is a good attraction between two: you have fake gold.
  • There is a low attraction between two: there is a low quantity of gold in jewelry.
  • There is no attraction: you have real Saudi gold.

  1. Liquid foundation test to identify Saudi Gold

To have a clear identification of Saudi gold, put some liquid foundation on your forehead and rub the gold on that area. If a black streak is formed there, you have real Saudi gold with you.

  1. Skin test

A skin test can be performed on an iron deficient or anemic person. Rub the gold jewelry on their forehead and if a black streak appears you have real Saudi gold with you.

  1. Stamp test to identify Saudi Gold

The least popular way to identify Saudi gold is the stamp test. You can check for a stamp at the gold jewelry at which the weight or karat are mentioned.

Real Saudi gold has such stamp while fake doesn’t. Yet this is an unpopular way to identify Saudi gold as vintage Saudi gold were not stamped.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.