Distinguishing the real from the fake

Unfortunately, apart from costume jewelry such as Honey or Avon, a lot of fake jewellery is purchased unknowingly by many people at a “bargain”. The general rule of thumb is: If it sounds too good to be true – it usually is, and it is never a good idea to purchase jewellery from anyone other than a reliable source or a reputable jeweler.

Although the “quality” of fake jewellery has much improved, the differences between a fake and the genuine article are subtle for the novice, yet, generally distinct to those who have come across them repeatedly:

  • Fake items are generally made from a cheap base metal which is then plated, making them heavier or lighter than the equivalent genuine item.
  • Stones are largely glued into settings instead of set, as typically cheap glass or crystal is used in the place of Cubic Zirconia or other precious or semi- precious stones. Usually no setting holes are visible on the inside of the ring.
  • The links of chains or bracelets are commonly not soldered closed as the melting point of base metals used is very low.
  • Even though subtle, there is a color difference between gold plated and genuine gold items – a 9ct gold plated item is slightly more yellow than the real piece.
  • Identification stamps (9ct/375) are mostly larger and deeper than on genuine items.
  • If all else fails, visit us at our studio where we will gladly test your item for FREE.