Finding a bargain online and be very exciting stuff, BUT you need to be able to tell the bargains from the rip offs! There are plenty of sellers selling Tiffany & Co Jewellery and surprisingly a lot of them are fobbing you off with fakes. So you need to be aware of sellers auction of these fakes as real Tiffany jewelry.
How to Spot Fake Tiffany Jewelry
It's shiny and silver, and is stamped with Tiffany's so it must be real, right? Wrong! The Tiffany's stamp is counterfeited often by sellers trying to pass off a fake as the real thing. Follow these easy tips to find better ways of identifying a potential purchase as the real thing.
1. Check there photos. Are they using their own photos or ones copied from the Tiffany website. If it were real, what would stop them from taking a picture of it?
2. The item should be heavy in hand, and not feel hollow or plastic.
3.The box the item comes in should be a robin's egg/baby blue. It should feature the Tiffany's logo indelibly stamped on with a glossy finish.
4. The purchase should be accompanied by or come inside a bag of the same color. The bag acts as a polishing cloth and is made of a suede-like material. It also has a thin drawstring closure.
5. The purchase may also be tied with a ribbon. If so, this should be a white satin ribbon. Do not discount a purchase simply for that reason, though; a seller may have taken the ribbon off before selling the item.
6. Most Jewelry has a lobster clasp to close it. This should be high-quality clasp that takes effort to open. If it seems loose or flimsy, it's probably a fake. A pendant has a round ring clasp to close it.
7. The pendant, the chain and the clasp will all be stamped with .925. Some sellers piece fakes together with the real thing, but all pieces must say .925 to be authentic.
8.The engraving of the Tiffany name should be clear, dark, and above all, properly spelled. Believe it or not, some sellers actually try to sell misspelled jewelry as "rare finds."
9. Consult the Tiffany's website to check where on the jewelry the logo is engraved before assuming it's correct. Tiffany's has different places---sometimes multiple locations---to engrave its logo on each product.
How to Tell Authentic Tiffany Jewelry
When buying jewelry, Tiffany & Co. is often considered the epitome of class, style and taste. The prices of the pieces mean most any purchase can be considered an investment. Unfortunately, if you do not purchase Tiffany jewelry from a Tiffany & Co. store, it can be very difficult to spot a fake. Knockoff handbags, scarves, hats, wallets, shoes and more are the norm - production is quick, designs can be relatively easy to imitate and demand is high. Many are easy to spot, but others require a more highly trained eye. Fake Tiffany & Co. jewelry requires more inspection than most other fakes. Learn how to spot a fake Tiffany product with these easy tips.
1. Visit the Tiffany & Co store and view the piece you are interested in purchasing elsewhere. Take note of the craftsmanship, any engraving or details, the weight of the piece and the overall appearance, including luster and shine.
2. Visually inspect the piece you would like to purchase. Note any differences between the piece you are holding and the piece you viewed at the Tiffany & Co store. Many times fake Tiffany jewelry will have a very high shine or luster, making it easier to spot a fake.
3. Check the piece for tarnish and sterling silver stamp (if sterling silver). A tag should be attached to the clasp stamped with "925" if your piece is authentic Tiffany & Co. sterling silver. The piece should not show any signs of tarnishing.
4. Compare the weight of the piece to the weight of the item in the Tiffany store. If the piece noticeably weighs less than the one in the store, it is likely a fake.
5. Review the details. Look at the engraving, polish and curves of the piece. Look at all the finishing touches ... are edges ragged or smooth? Does the piece look high-quality and made with good craftsmanship? Do you notice differences between the two pieces? If so, you are likely viewing a fake Tiffany & Co. item.
6. Is the price too good to be true? Is someone trying to sell you an "authentic" Tiffany necklace for £10 that is brand new and in perfect condition? This likely isn't a bargain, it is a knock off.
Always make sure you ask as many questions before making a purchase...and if a deal looks too good to be true? It probably is!
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