How to spot fake Tiffany Jewellery

 

You may remember the other week I posted a video about how to spot fake jewellery so that you can file a chargeback and recover your money if you are unfortunate enough to become a victim of fraud. Further to that post I have compiled a list of ways to spot fake Tiffany jewellery, as it is becoming an increasingly larger problem every year – particularly around Christmas time. Remember these points and hopefully you won’t get roped into buying dud jewellery.

Tiffany are a very reputable retailer for quality. As a result they never have “outlet” jewellery. Anyone claiming be an outlet selling Tiffany jewellery for below the going rate is selling fake Tiffany jewellery and should be reported to the relevant authorities.

F Hinds JewelleryAll Tiffany jewellery is made in the USA, Italy, Spain or Mexico, and not China or any other countries where cheap jewellery is often mass-produced. If you see anyone selling numerous new Tiffany items then beware because they are probably selling Chinese rubbish.

When looking at a Tiffany tag bracelet or necklace, the links should be pretty much seamless. In other words you shouldn’t be able to see them. This is the level of quality that you should expect from a reputable jewellery maker such as Tiffany. Look out for links being pinched together as opposed to soldered. If they are soldered well you will hardly notice the joins at all.

Every piece of Tiffany jewellery is stamped with the Tiffany & Co mark in addition to the metal mark. For silver this is always 925. If a piece of jewellery has more than one part. For example a chain with a pendant or a bracelet with a charm, BOTH pieces will be stamped. If both are not stamped then this is a very good indication that the item is indeed fake. To ensure your Tiffany jewellery is authentic, be sure to buy it from Tiffany.co.uk.

Shopping online for cheap jewellery

 

Gone are the days when you have to spend most of your weekend driving from town to town trying to find a piece of jewellery that you really want. Nowadays all you have to do is find a computer with an internet connection and you can view hundreds of different pieces in a couple of hours. You can then bookmark your favourites, pick what you like the most and pay for it all from the comfort of your favourite chair.

There are literally hundreds of online retailers that sell jewellery. From the major department stores such as House of Fraser and Debenhams, to specialist jewellers like H Samuel, F Hinds and Ernest Jones, and all of the little unheard of shops on your local high street in between. You can even buy jewellery online from sole traders who make their own unique and custom jewellery.

However you choose to shop for jewellery online always make sure that you are getting what you are paying for. The general rule is that if it sounds too good to be true then it usually is. Resist the temptation to buy jewellery that seems too cheap as it is most likely to be stolen or counterfeit. That said. there are some good bargains to be had on auction websites such as eBay if you don’t mind buying second hand.

Below is a video that will help you to tell if jewellery is real or fake. Always use a credit card when making purchases online as that means if you do fall victim to fraud you can always contact your bank who will process a chargeback to recover your money.