1) Gold Price: The price of gold is always a good indication. If someone tries to sell you a gold necklace for a very low price, it’s not genuine. Gold is costly and is worth its weight in, well, gold.
If a rope chain that would typically cost $1,500 is being sold for $49… It’s a forgery!
Nobody is going to sell it for less than it is worth. Even selling the item for scrap metal value will get you more money. So look at the thing first, then at the price. Is it justified? The cost is a dead giveaway.
2) Gold Size: Let your eyes be the final arbiter. Is the object colossal in size? Like a massive gold 30mm chain like the ones featured in music videos? If it’s so huge and thick, it’s probably not the actual thing. Huge chains (many with czs all the way down) would be worth a lot if they were genuine. So, nine times out of ten, they aren’t. They’re hollow, gold-plated, and only worth a fraction of the price.
3) Gold Weight: How does it feel in your hand? What is the weight of the piece? Gold has a pleasing weight to it. A well-balanced consistency So, grab the object in question and bounce it in your palm. Feel the weight of it. Is it light and airy (like a balloon) or does it have substance? Also, pay attention to the sound it produces. Fake chains usually sound more like tin. When they fall, they clink together. Perform a bounce test on it. Is it as light as a feather?
Now… It is crucial to remember that a thing may be both hollow and genuine at the same time. Many manufacturers make hollow (also known as semi-hollow) necklaces that are genuine gold but just a quarter of the weight. Of course, this is done to save money (think gold hoop earrings). They’re hollow on the inside, yet they’re still genuine. So losing weight isn’t necessarily a good thing, but it’s a start. Items that have been hollowed out do not wear well. They frequently dent, crush, or shatter readily. They aren’t very long-lasting, and I wouldn’t recommend them.