It is a sad
fact that you really do have to be on your toes when buying jewelry
in this day and age. The scams run the gamut from stone switching to
the the selling of fake gold jewelry with a legitimate looking stamp
on it. If you have a piece that has an expensive stone on it then you
should have it legitimized documented and only have it cleaned or
worked on in a reputable establishment.
Trying to save
a few bucks by having the work done at a back alley pawn shop can
turn out to be an expensive mistake. It is now possible to buy
diamonds that are laser engraved, so this is something to bear in
mind when you are making your original purchase.
gold jewelry that has a 14K or 18K stamp is not hard to come by and
can easily be bought online. This means that you should always be
aware if you are buying gold jewelry from any other source other than
a legitimate dealer. Any and all designer jewelry is now being
counterfeited, so never assume that just because a piece is stamped
with a legitimate looking stamp that it is so.
That is unless
you are making your purchase from a legitimate
jeweler. There are even fake Rolex watches that people will hawk
on the streets as the legitimate article and they do look real at
first glance. A fake Rolex watch will have a second hand that
"ticks" while a real Rolex watches second hand "sweeps".
skeptical if a stranger approaches you with an
"unbelievable" deal on a piece of jewelry. Inevitably it
will almost always come in a counterfeit legitimate looking jewelry
box and may even still have the "price tag" on it. The con
artists that hawk this stuff are skilled at their craft, so beware.