When you want to buy an elegant piece of jewelry for the person you love, you don’t want to end up getting involved in jewelry fraud. Unfortunately, it happens more often than you would think. Jewelry scams are extremely popular all throughout the world; therefore, it is a good idea to learn as much as you can about luxury jewelry before you buy. This will help to prevent paying out too much for a fake piece and ensure that you purchase only the best jewelry for that special someone. Here are a few tips to buying luxury jewelry that you can use to guarantee that every piece you purchase is top-quality.
There Are No Naturally-Coloured Gemstones
It may come as a surprise to many people, but there is no such thing as a naturally-coloured stone. If a jeweler shows you a ring and mentions that it is naturally coloured, you should ask him or her if it has ever been heated. Then the salesperson should either admit to you that it has been heated or admit that you have managed to catch him or her in a lie.
Naturally-coloured pearls do exist; however, they are extremely rare so it is a good idea to ask the jeweler for a certificate of authentication when buying them. Even the most respected jewelry store owners have been fooled once or twice throughout their careers so don’t feel bad if you have fallen for one of these tricks.
It is Easy to Fake Designer’s Signatures or Karat Weight Stamps
Just because a piece of jewelry features a design stamp doesn’t mean that it is authentic. Signatures and stamps can easily be faked. It happens quite often when it comes to major jewelry brands such as Tiffany & Co. You know that you are holding a quality Tiffany piece as every piece is stamped with the Tiffany & Co. mark and the metal mark such as Tiffany & Co. 925, or T & Co 925. If you have a chain that is marked and the pendant is not, then the pendant is not a Tiffany piece. You can find out more ways to spot an authentic piece of jewelry by checking out Tiffany and Co review websites.
Inspect the Stone Yourself before Buying
While you don’t need to bring along your own loupe, it is a good idea to inspect any stone before you buy. Always ask for a piece to be cleaned before it is inspected. Examine it carefully and ask to use the jeweler’s loupe to get a closer look. If the piece is under $1,000, you shouldn’t spend too much time inspecting; however, if it is above that amount, you should spend more time looking it over. If the stone is large, ask if it can be pulled so that you can look over it when it is loose. Pink gold can enhance a pink stone and a common trick is to set a brown-toned diamond inside yellow-gold prongs to make it appear more yellow. Be wary of any bezel-set stones as they are commonly misjudged in terms of weight, colour, and size.