vintage jewelry market, there are many unscrupulous jewelry dealers
hoping to make a quick buck off of an unsuspecting collector by
selling them a fake piece of jewelry at authentic prices. And with
the high-quality fake materials being used to mass produce these fake
pieces that are being found on the market today, it can be very hard
to tell which pieces are real and which ones are frauds.
With so many
reproductions on the market, it can even be hard for professionals to
tell the real pieces of vintage jewelry from the frauds. How then can
a novice size up a piece of jewelry to be sure that they are
purchasing the real thing?
question a good bargain. In most cases, a deal that seems too good to
be true really is too good to be true. So, before you make an
emotional purchase and snatch up a beautiful piece of jewelry at an
unbelievable price, stop to think that what you see, or what you
think you see, might not be what you are actually getting.
- Do your
homework. Online there are dozens of sites that post pictures and
descriptions of known frauds that are being mass produced and sold as
authentic pieces. If you tend to purchase pieces from a certain time
period or style, be sure that you are familiar with the scams that
are out there before you go shopping.
- Be aware
that there will be unsigned pieces of jewelry that almost look
exactly like the real thing. These pieces were often created at the
same time as the original by competing jewelers. While the materials
used to make these pieces may be real, the "knockoff" is
not worth as much as the original and the price should reflect this.
trust that all the information that a dealer gives you is correct.
Even dealers receive false information and can pass it along to their
most important thing that you can do to prevent being duped at the
vintage jewelry counter is to make yourself aware of what's out there
and how to tell the real pieces
from the frauds. Taking just a little bit of time to do your homework
before you go shopping can save you a great
deal of hassle and headache in the long run.