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. There are ways to identify a potential purchase as the real thing.
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Avoid online sellers using stock photos. This is a sure sign that they don't have an authentic item. If it were real, what would stop them from taking a picture of it?
Hold the piece. It should be heavy in the hand, and not feel hollow or plastic.
Examine the box the item comes in. It should be a robin's egg/baby blue. It should feature the Tiffany's logo indelibly stamped on with a glossy finish.
Check the bag that the item is accompanied by or comes in. It should also be Tiffany blue. The bag acts as a polishing cloth and is made of a suede-like material. It also has a thin drawstring closure.
Look at the ribbon around the box. 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.
Look at the clasp. Most jewellery 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.
Look for hallmarks, or stamps on the item. A pendant, a 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.
Pay attention to the "Tiffany" name stamped on the piece. The engraving of the name should be clear, dark, and above all, properly spelt. Believe it or not, some sellers actually try to sell misspelled jewellery as "rare finds."
Consult the Tiffany's website to check where on the jewellery the logo is engraved before assuming it's correct. Tiffany's has different places -- sometimes multiple locations -- to engrave its logo on each product.
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