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Saudi Gold And Its Authenticity

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People tend to buy authentic gold jewelry while traveling to Saudi Arabia, whether for business or as pilgrims.

Gold rates in Saudi Arabia (updated 30th January 2023) for 24K Gold per Tola are 1,846.33 SAR, which equals US$ 491.84.

Gold rates for 24K gold per 10 grams are 1,582.93 SAR, which equals US$ 421.68.

While buying gold on their visit to Saudi Arabia, one of the main concerns is identifying the real Authenticity of Saudi gold. People often find it difficult to differentiate between authentic gold jewelry and gold-plated jewelry. 

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This article discusses several ways to ensure you have real gold, which you can do at home.

1. The Skin Test

This test requires you to rub the gold jewelry piece against your hands. When in contact with skin, real gold does not lead to discoloration.

However, if you have fake gold, your jewelry piece will react with the sweat from your hands, changing your skin color. Your skin will turn a shade of black, blue, or green at the areas in contact with the fake gold. 

You can do another skin test to ensure you have real Saudi gold. For this, you need to rub the jewelry piece against the skin of an iron-deficient person. A streak of black will form on that area in contact if you have real gold.

2. The Liquid Foundation Test

Since gold is a highly non-reactive metal, any traces of discoloration on your skin would mean you have fake gold.

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However, the skin test with a liquid foundation on that contact area gives the opposite results. When real gold is in touch with makeup, skin turns black.

Therefore, using a liquid foundation can also help check if you have pure gold.

3. The Float Test

The float test, known as the density test, can also identify real gold. Gold is a relatively dense metal; hence, it tends to sink at the bottom when dropped in a water-filled container.

If your jewelry does not float around or stays at the bottom of the container, you possibly have real gold. 

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4. The Density Test

For this test, you would need 

  1. A weighing scale (to weigh the gold)
  2. A water container
  3. An instrument to measure the level of water in the container in milliliters 
  • Once you have these, measure the water level and note it down.
  • Drop the gold jewelry in the container. Measure the level of water again after you have dropped your jewelry article. 
  • Subtract both your measurements, which will give you the density of the gold jewelry. 
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The standard density of gold is 19.3 grams per milliliter (g/mL). If the density you have calculated is near this figure, you have real Authenticity Saudi gold. 

There are differences in the densities of different metals. For example, white gold is heavier than yellow gold, and the density of yellow gold of 14K to 22K is between 12.9 g/mL and 17.7g/mL.

In comparison, the density of white gold from 14K to 22K is between 14g/mL to 17.8g/mL. 

5. The Magnet Test

Holding a strong magnet near gold can tell whether you have pure gold. Since gold is not magnetic, it will not be attracted to the magnet. 

However, there can be little attractive force between the jewelry and the magnet. This could be because the jewelry piece is an alloy and contains a small percentage of other metals and gold.

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 If there is an attraction between the magnet and the jewelry, it means you have fake gold.

Some of the base metals mixed with gold have non-magnetic properties, lowering the reliability of this test. Therefore, this test would be more reliable if done with another more accurate test.

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6. The Vinegar Test

Dropping a few drops of vinegar on the jewelry can also help you identify real gold.

If you have real gold, no reaction will be there. However, if you fake Saudi gold, your jewelry will change color.

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