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fake-jewellery Can you spot fake jewellery?

  • Author:CharleneXu
  • Source:Yadao
  • Release on:2017-01-10
some tips on how to spot a fake jewellery item.

Gone are the days of the man on the street corner selling watches from inside his coat, a glittering neckchain with a promise of 24ct gold, “genuine mate, you wont find it cheaper”,  I’ve seen my fair share believe me. From the afformentioned shady fella pulling boxes from the back of his shiny BMW to the very colourful Tommy Hilfigure watch I bought for my then girlfriend from a trusted source, only to be aquainted by headline in the Sunday paper stating “Why is this watch fake?” (insert large picture of said watch) – “because Tommy Hilfigure don’t make watches!”  of course red faced and angry at the merchant who had sold it to me it’s something we laugh about 20 years down the line!!  I live by the philosophy of “Buy Cheap, Buy Twice” or “You get what you pay for” but it’s not always as simple as knowing it’s fake or purposly buying something cheap because you know a guy that knows someone that got them off the back of a lorry.

1: Check your Hallmark

Check your jewellery for a stamp or hallmark. 9 Carat Gold, 14 Carat Gold, 18 Carat Gold, 22 Carat Gold, 950 Platinum, 950 Silver. There are only 4 assay offices in the UK. These are London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh. Always check for these hallmarks.

2: Check Your sources

Is the item being sold online on an auction site like ebay, or Shpock? Does the seller have an original image, or has it been stolen from a reputable company? If you can’t see the jewellery item in the photograph, it’s not clear, our advice is – Don’t buy it. Check with the seller if it has a certificiate of authenticity or a Diamond Certification such as IGI or EGL for instance.

3: Check your returns Policy/Warranty

Does the item come with a return policy or warranty? You should have at least 14 days to bring the jewellery product back as standard. This can give you peace of mind that you can get it checked out by a third party for insurance purposes.

4: Check the item quality

The links on any good quality bracelet or necklace are NOT pinched together, they should be soldered together and really smooth. Good Diamonds will chip but not generally scratch easily. So check the quality of the stones.

5: Brand Marks and Logo’s

Top brands such as Tiffany will stamp each jewellery item with the Tiffany & Co hallmark. (e.g. Tiffany & Co. 925, or T & Co. 925) Look out for these types of stamps when purchasing your jewellery items. Look out for any known differences with fake brands such as mispellings or font changes.