How to Spot and Avoid Fake Designer Jewellery
There are so may fake/counterfeit copies of Designer jewellery out there, particually on auction websites. In this guide, I'll try and cover a few things like: How to spot fake designer jewellery, Why not to buy fake designer jewellery and what some sellers say to 'cover up' the fact that their items are not the real thing. Some commonly copied designers include: Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton.
How to spot fake designer jewellery
Designer is called Designer for a reason: quality. If you see something which isn't finished well, chances are its a fake. Here are a list of common faults in fake designer jewellery:
- Links are not joined well, this could appear in a 'bumpy' looking chain.
- The silver/gold is tarnished / or green/grey. This shouldnt happen to designers.
- The jewellery is miss proportioned, for example the chain appears larger than it should be compared to the real thing.
- The jewellery design is slightly altered; this is very common, I've see many fake Tiffany & Co. bracelets with a different shaped heart tag. The colours could have been altered. The writing's font could have been changed.
- This is very common in Tiffany & Co. fakes, the writing which should be engraved is printed on.
- The packaging is different, this could be that the font has been changed in colour or shape. Or that the brands colour (for example Tiffany Blue) has been moved up a shade or down a shade from the propper colour. The fake box could be a different shape to the authentic (more rectangular in Tiffany and Co. fakes). The pouch could be made with a material which can actually damage your jewellery (in the case of counterfeit jewellery).
- If the jewellery usually has a small badge which signifies it is authentic (like most Chanel jewellery), the fake jewellery may have no badge or it might be un-clearly printed on the badge. If it has no badge and is supposed to I'd aussume it is counterfeit.
- Miss-spellings, designers obviously wouldn't misspell the name of their brand; this is a very obvious way to see if something is fake.
In the case of internet auctions
There are loads of fakes on the internet. Some sellers claim their items are authentic but I'll remind you people do lie if they can get more money. You can use the list above to help you recognize if something is authentic but the most easiest way to tell if it is the real thing is if the seller has the original receipt but again be careful because I've even known receipts to be fabricated. Also, some sellers don't take a photo of the actual items, some sellers just got to the Designers website and use the designers pictures. If it is a 'stolen' picture don't buy with that seller because you can't see what you're getting. Be especially careful if the item is from overseas, just a while ago I saw in the news that a huge shipment of fake designers had been caught coming into the country, whoever this shipment was supposed to go to would probably find themselves in a lot of trouble.
Why are counterfeit Designers bad to buy?
- They are usually of bad quality.
- Some of the sellers try and sell you them as real and steal a lot of money.
- They are illegal.
- They steal from the original designers.
- As fakes, they won't be worth much, particually because if you wear them they will look worn very quickly and also because they are un original.
Some things some people say to cover up that the item is fake:
- "It was an unwanted present."
- "My friend brought it back from there holiday."
- "I've lost the receipt."
- "I don't have the packaging."
- "I don't like the design."
- "It is authentic, I brought it." (But theres no proof for example: a receipt).
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