How to tell if Tiffany jewellery is real

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How to tell if Tiffany jewellery is real
Tiffany and Co in London can check the authenticity of your jewellery. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

When many women think of fine jewellery, one of the first names that springs to mind is Tiffany and Co. Tiffany first began as a stationery and fine goods emporium in 1837. Over the years, the company has expanded to include jewellery, perfumes and other expensive goods to its collections. There are several fake pieces of Tiffany jewellery floating around in shops, market stalls and on the Internet. It is important to educate yourself on how to spot the real thing from a well-crafted fake.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check the price tag. Tiffany and Co jewellery can sell for thousands of pounds. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  2. 2

    Check the spelling of the brand name; and look at how the name is engraved on the piece. The engraving should be deep, dark and easy to read.

  3. 3

    Look at the packaging of the piece. Tiffany and Co wraps its goods in a blue box with a white satin ribbon. This shade of blue is even known as "Tiffany blue." If any other colour is used, the piece is a fake.

  4. 4

    Look at the clasp. The majority of Tiffany and Co pieces come with lobster-claw clasps. If the clasp seems inexpensive, then the piece is a fake.

  5. 5

    Feel the weight of the piece. Tiffany jewellery is manufactured from the highest-quality gems and metals and will seem heavier than its counterfeit counterparts. If the piece seems light and flimsy, then it is a fake.

  6. 6

    Research the piece at the Tiffany and Co website, or go to an authorised Tiffany dealer. Compare your piece with one that you know is the real thing. If there are discrepancies or your piece does not seem to have comparable quality, it is more than likely a fake.

  7. 7

    Check the seller's history and all available items if you are buying the piece online. If the seller shifts a lot of Tiffany and Co jewellery, or if he is offering the piece in multiple sizes or has a large amount of them, they are all probably fakes.

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