How to Spot Fake Tiffany Jewelry

By Erin Moonyeen Haley

  • Overview

    There is nothing that wounds a girl's heart more deeply than finding out that the diamond on her finger or the bauble around her neck is, alas, not a Tiffany original but a knock-off. Research and education are the best weapons to fight the war against rhinestones that fancy themselves the genuine article.
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  • When Purchasing

  • Step 1

    Never underestimate the power of touch when it comes to telling the genuine article from the faux fashion item. A genuine piece of jewelry from Tiffany should feel weighty in the palm as opposed to light. A light weight can indicate that the jewelry is hollow or made of a flimsy substance.
  • Step 2

    Look for a greenish tint. It is an indication that the jewelry contains too much nickel.
    "Tiffany Blue" is a shade unto itself
  • Step 3

    Online sellers will often stamp the word "Auth" next to the product. Keep in mind that this is no way a guarantee that the item is authentic. Legitimate Tiffany jewelry should be etched with something that states that it is an authentic Tiffany & Co. product.
  • Tiffany Trademarks

    • Step 1

      The toggle necklace with the heart charm is a staple of the Tiffany line. One trick that counterfeits use to try and dupe customers is to engrave "Return to Tiffany" on the charm. Rule of thumb: Tiffany does not produce an engraved charm necklace in the toggle style.
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    • Step 2

      Tiffany engravings are crisp and clear and the polar opposite of subpar craftsmanship. When purchasing a Tiffany piece from somewhere other than the actual store, use a magnifying class to examine the inscription to ensure that it is as perfect as perfection can be.
    • Step 3

      Examine a piece of jewelry that has a lobster clasp. An authentic Tiffany lobster clasp is not only thick and clearly sturdy even to the naked, neophyte eye, but it also has .925 tattooed on its base. If the piece is a fraud, then the clasp will both look and feel flimsy.
    • Step 4

      Bracelet and necklace links are another way to test the validity of a piece of jewelry. Links in Tiffany jewelry are smoothly soldered. If the item is fake, the links will look crudely forced together, with bits of metal shaved off from the procedure and uneven gaps between the links.
  • Overall Rules

    • Step 1

      Avoid online purchases if at all possible, especially if stock photos are being used, as they are usually visual props to the masquerade.
    • Step 2

      A big rule of thumb is to remember that Tiffany & Co. is in the upper echelon of gemstones and luxury; ergo, they do not have big sales, nor do they have wholesale distributors. If an online seller has a copious amount of Tiffany treats, that should be a red flag that all is not what it seems to be.
    • Step 3

      Ask questions. Any legitimate jeweler will stand by the authenticity of their product. If the seller avoids questions or delivers a too-good-to-be-true speech, be wary.
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Ingredients:
    • A checklist that of Tiffany jewelry characteristics
    • Tiffany catalog
    • Magnifying glass
    • Tip: Compare products on one's wish list with products on the website of the Real McCoy. Cross-reference where the Tiffany logo is usually stamped on their rings, necklaces, pendants, etc.
    • Tip: Don't be afraid to consult a Tiffany retail expert even when purchasing the item elsewhere. The Tiffany brand has a reputation that they want to maintain. At the end of the day, they are more concerned that people purchasing or being given "Tiffany" pieces from places other than their stores, are getting the genuine article. It's all part of their culture of class that has helped them endure and thrive through the decades.

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