How to tell fake jewelry
The beauty of jewelry is the first thing a buyer looks at. However, in addition to the beautiful appearance of the product, it is necessary to take into account its quality. Nowadays, just as a few hundred or even a thousand years ago, in addition to good jewelry, there may be fake jewelry that has no value whatsoever. In this article, we will tell you how to recognize a fake.
Some unscrupulous sellers take advantage of the fact that many people don't know about minerals and can't tell the difference between natural and artificial stones. And some sellers don't even know that the stone is not natural, as they have also fallen victim to supplier fraud.
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What products are called counterfeit?
Counterfeit items are those that are sold under the guise of "jewelry," but are not.
Let's look at the most common variants:
1. Synthetic stone in the product is presented as natural
Some unscrupulous sellers take advantage of the fact that many people don't know about minerals and can't tell the difference between natural and artificial stones. And some sellers don't even know that the stone is not natural, as they have also fallen victim to supplier fraud. To be confident in the stones, it is worth asking for documents and choosing sellers who only cooperate with verified suppliers of minerals.
2. Another metal (copper, silver, etc.) is used instead of gold
It happens that a satisfied customer wears a gold ring or other item for several months and then finds out that the jewelry item loses its color. This happens when a metal alloy is coated with a layer of gold. This procedure can be done on almost any suitable metal, which is hard to guess when buying a piece.
3. Silver is being passed off as platinum
Platinum is an expensive metal, so many unscrupulous sellers use silver instead of platinum, which looks very similar.
A few ways to distinguish a fake
1. Product price
If you see prices that are too low, especially for jewelry made of precious metals (silver, gold, platinum), you should think twice. Remember that natural stones and precious metals cannot be cheap. We recommend that you check the prices of similar items in other stores to compare prices. If the difference is great, you should refuse to buy.
2. Confirmation from the jeweler
If you doubt the authenticity of the jewelry, you can go to a jewelry shop, where the master will be able to check the jewelry.
To determine the genuineness of the mineral and metal, you will need special instruments. It is worth noting that the evaluation of the product "by eye" will not be 100% reliable.
3. Checking the brand
Honest online stores often steal photos of products and ideas. Unfortunately, our store also often encounters such unscrupulous shops. To make sure you are buying a product from an authentic store, it is worth paying attention to product photos in customer reviews. Usually, fake products have significant differences from the original. We also recommend that you ask the retailer for some videos or pictures of the jewelry so that you can compare them with the ones on the website. Alternatively, you can use the photo search that is available on the internet. You may then be given a photo of the desired item from the original site.
4. Return Policy
If the store does not provide the possibility of returning the product, then perhaps the seller is afraid that customers will find out that the products are fake and will return them.
Checking Stones in jewelry do not have to be perfect. For example, a large stone almost always has natural inclusions. Many semi-precious and precious stones have different inclusions: dots, streaks, and flecks of color. One can tell a natural stone by these features. A stone should also have a color that corresponds to the specific type of mineral. If the stone is too bright in color, it is probably a fake. A jeweler may also check the stone in the piece with special instruments.
6. Checking Your Jewelry at Home
You can always check your jewelry at home by performing simple tests:
1) Checking a diamond
To quickly test a diamond if you have doubts about its authenticity, you can breathe hot air on it. If it feels foggy, it is a fake. A natural diamond will not retain heat.
2) Checking the metal
Precious metals don't respond to a magnet. To test the item, take a large magnet and try holding it up to the item. If the jewelry is magnetized, then it is not made of precious metal.
3) Testing platinum
Platinum does not have a black tone of silver, so you should be alert to the presence of dark elements on your jewelry.
4) Checking an Emerald
To check an emerald, you can examine it under a magnifying glass. A natural emerald does not have any spiral-shaped elements inside. If you do see them, then it is not an emerald.
We advise you to make purchases deliberately. Do your best to check the quality of your jewelry beforehand, and be careful when choosing a piece to avoid disappointment.
Kindly note that healing gemstone meanings are not prescriptions or healthcare information.
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