Tiffany & Co. is one of the most famous and luxurious jewelry brands in the world. Like all luxury jewelry brands, Tiffany and Co. jewelry is often counterfeited. You don’t want to spend a large amount of money on what you think is a genuine piece of Tiffany jewelry, only to find out that it was a fake. The counterfeiters do their best to pass off their pieces of fake jewelry as authentic. In this article, we are going to show you a few tricks that you can use to guarantee the authenticity of your Tiffany jewelry.
If your Tiffany and Co. jewelry have a chain like the one above, be sure to closely inspect the links. An authentic Tiffany and Co. chain will have no gaps in-between the links. Another way to confirm that your piece is authentic is to inspect the solder joints on the links. As you can see on the fake above, the links will not be soldered cleanly.
The text on a piece of Tiffany & Co. jewelry will always be centered and not up against the edge. Looking at the examples above, you can see that the counterfeit piece has text that is right on the edge.
On a genuine piece of Tiffany & Co. jewelry, the 1837 stamp will be clean with the numbers evenly spaced and straight up and down. Another way to identify a fake is by looking at the number 8. On a real piece, the center line will cleanly pass through, and the center of the fake number 8 will not be clear. You will also notice that the 8, 3, and 7 are stamped at an angle. The lines around 1837 should also be clean and not jagged.
The PLEASE RETURN TO that is stamped on Tiffany and Co. jewelry should have spaces between the words. You can see from the examples above that it is easy to identify the fake because of the lack of space.
Genuine Tiffany & Co. jewelry will not have any copper coloring. In the examples, you can see some copper coloring in the lettering because the stamping has gone through the silver plating on the pieces.
Upon general inspection, the stamps on the piece above look good. However, once you flip the piece over you can see the discoloration that would not be present on real silver. The piece above turned out to be fake and composed of mostly nickel.
In 2004, Tiffany & Co. began laser engraving their diamonds with a serial number. The serial number will be visible when inspecting the diamond with a loop. Do not rely on the diamond’s setting as an indication of its authenticity. Tiffany & Co. prides itself on providing beautifully cut diamonds. These diamonds sell for much more than unbranded diamonds. Many counterfeiters will use a real Tiffany & Co. setting but swap out the diamond with a lower-quality diamond.
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