A real Tiffany's necklace is an iconic piece of popular culture made popular by Elle Wood's pink-clad, sorority girl protagonist in "Legally Blonde." Unfortunately, dishonest and unauthorised vendors sell fake Tiffany necklaces to uninformed consumers in flea markets, boutiques and on the Internet. If you are looking to tell a real Tiffany necklace from a faux one, use these clues to determine the authentic silver jewellery from the widely available, but inferior in quality, fake Tiffany trinkets.
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Become familiar with the characteristics of authenticity included in every Tiffany necklace. Every year Tiffany releases new silver jewellery designs. These pieces may include modifications of past designs, but few eliminate the signature details of a real Tiffany & Co. necklace. For example, the necklace's chain links are always soldered smoothly and closed completely, the heart pendants are not curved or bent, and the engraving is smooth without any signs of shoddy or dotted lettering.
View the online photos of the jewellery carefully. Online jewellery sellers may copy pictures of real Tiffany's necklaces from the jeweller's website to prove to buyers that their merchandise is authentic. Tiffany & Co. sells its authentic pieces on its website only. If the necklace does not have a lobster clasp and the silver colour is a light grey or a dark steel hue, the jewellery is not authentic.
Check the jewellery's weight and 925 silver designations. According to Tiffany's official website, in 1851, Tiffany became the first American company to use the 925/100 weight standard for its jewellery. Authentic Tiffany & Co. silver jewellery pieces are engraved with the 925-weight designation on the front or back of each piece of jewellery and on the clasp. A faux Tiffany necklace will also weigh considerably less than the real Tiffany necklace's standard weight of 72 grams.
Examine the jewellery's sales price. Authentic Tiffany jewellery never goes on sale. In 1837, Tiffany founders Charles Lewis Tiffany and Charles B. Young established a pricing model where each piece of jewellery sold has a non-negotiable selling price. If the Tiffany necklace is sold for more than 30 to 70 per cent below retail price, you are probably buying a faux piece.
Look at the packaging for fake necklace clues. Tiffany & Co. packaging is known for its signature "Tiffany Blue" coloured pouches and boxes. If you want to spot a faux Tiffany necklace, check for irregular-sized pouches and boxes that are not the original, "Tiffany Blue" hue.
Tips and warnings
- Visit the Tiffany & Co. website or visit the retail store to examine current and real Tiffany necklaces.
- Beware of buying Tiffany & Co. necklaces on eBay.
- Tiffany & Co. does not authorise individual websites to sell its authentic merchandise on online auctions or on replica websites.
- Tiffany & Co. will not verify the authenticity of items sold on eBay or online.
- A store receipt from Tiffany's does not verify the authenticity of the item.
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