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Buying pre-owned Tiffany & Co jewelry; how to spot fake Tiffany jewelry

Posted On April 20, 2016 at 2:03 pm by / No Comments

Established in 1873 in New York City, Tiffany & Young, today known as Tiffany & Co., and Tiffany’s for short, has a long heritage filled with luxurious jewels and milestones. As it happens with most luxury brands, the most sought after pieces are highly imitated and sold online as the real deal. Below we have eight some tips to help you navigate the crowded waters that are the Tiffany & Co. secondhand market.

1. Branding

How to Spot Fake Tiffany & Co. JewelryTiffany & Co. Platinum Diamond Wedding Band $1,220

 

All Tiffany & Co. jewelry will be branded. Depending on when they were made, they may say “Tiffany & Co.” or just “Tiffany.” Smaller items, like earrings, could just have “T & Co.” Older pieces might even include the date the were made, but Tiffany has discontinued this practice.

2. Silver

Authentic Tiffany & Co. WatchTiffany & Co. Ladies’ Atlas Watch $930

 

Tiffany uses Sterling silver, which is at least 92.4% pure silver. Sterling Silver pieces will always have a fineness mark.

Read: Gold vs. Silver Jewelry

3. Tiffany Blue

Tiffany BlueTiffany & Co. Sapphire & Diamond Flower Pendant

 

Familiarize yourself with Tiffany Blue. Tiffany’s famous blue box is a symbol of elegance, exclusivity, and flawless craftsmanship. Tiffany’s founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, is responsible for creating these beautiful boxes, which can only be acquired with a Tiffany purchase. The color, Pantone No. 1837, is numbered so because it was in 1837 that the Tiffany & Young  store first opened in New York City’s prestigious Fifth Avenue.

Tiffany & Co. jewelry that is accompanied by original boxes will be this beautiful and instantly recognizable shade of robin’s egg blue, or forget-me-not blue.

4. Photos

Schlumberger Pave RingTiffany & Co.Blue Schlumberger Pave X Ring $3,500

 

Be sure the photos listed are of the actual item, and not stock photos, or photos that come directly from the Tiffany website. A seller should show various angles of the item and bring any blemishes to your attention, so that there are no surprises when you receive your jewelry.

5. Common replicas

Tiffany Four Seasons PendantTiffany & Co. Four Seasons Gold Charm $3,500

 

Some of the most common replicas of Tiffany jewelry are silver fakes, like the “Return to Tiffany’s” pieces. When shopping for these items in the secondary market, make sure you are shopping for a reputable source.

7. Reputable resellers

Tiffany KeyTiffany & Co. Yellow Gold Key Pendant and Chain $480

 

On PORTERO.com you can find many Tiffany items, like earrings, pendants, rings and more, and we stand behind every single item. We guarantee the authenticity and condition of all merchandise. We ensure the highest level of service and security. That’s our promise. And we don’t take it lightly.

8. Price

Pre-owned Elsa Peretti for Tiffany three row braceletElsa Peretti Wave Three-Row bracelet $1,000

 

This Elsa Peretti Wave Three-Row bracelet retails for $2,300 at Tiffany’s, but on PORTERO, you can find it pre-owned for $1,000. Unless you’re paying a premium, like in the case of Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags, pre-owned items will always be priced lower on the secondary market. Quality, condition, and demand are some of the components taken into consideration when pricing an item. Be cautious of sites that offer this piece for $200. If it is sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

 

 Whether you’re looking for Tiffany & Co. jewelry, or other luxury makers like Cartier, or Van Cleef & Arpels, we’re confident you will find whatever it is you’re looking for on PORTERO.com. Shop now!

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