remember in the old cowboy movies when the cowboy would
"bite" a gold coin to see if it was real or fake? It seems
that even back then clever counterfeiters were plying their trade.
Nothing has changed since those times and if fact counterfeiters have
become better at their craft if nothing else.
The truth of
the matter, is that a fake gold coin could easily pass the
"bite" test if it was made out of lead, plated with copper,
so it could be then plated in nickel, so it could be then plated in
24K gold. Fake jewelry is nothing new but if you buy plated jewelry
you want to do it willingly not by being sold something that is being
passed off as being 14K or 18K.
one, is that if you aren't buying a piece of solid gold
jewelry from a legitimate source, assume it is fake until you
have had a jeweler look at it. Just because it has a 14K or 18K stamp
on it means nothing any more, because there is so much fake gold
jewelry floating around now.
The same rule
applies for any type of designer jewelry, because virtually any type
of designer jewelry is now being counterfeited overseas. If you are
approached on city street by someone that has an 18K gold chain that
is still in the original jewelry box, virtually 100% of the time it
will be fake.
In the typical
con it will even still have a price tag on it and they will say that
a friend of theirs recently stole it. Another common item that is
sold as the genuine article is fake Rolex watches. It too may come in
a counterfeit box but these are easy to spot. This is because, the
second hand on a real Rolex "sweeps" while the second hand
on a fake will move with a "tick".