How to Spot Fake Jewellery


If you’re looking to invest in a luxurious piece of jewellery, you will want to make sure that what you’re purchasing is the real deal. Of course, by visiting any reputable jewellers, you’ll have the advice of the staff on site and will be guaranteed to buy a genuine piece.

But if you’re not sure about the piece you’re purchasing, how can you be confident that you’re not being ripped off? Here are a few top tips to help you to spot fake jewellery:

Check your Jewellery’s Markings

Much like if you’re buying a piece of porcelain, or even a pedigree dog, your jewellery should have certain markings.

9, 14, 18 and 22 carat gold, 950 platinum and 950 silver pieces should all have a hallmark or a stamp. Each will be formed of their precious metal marking (e.g. 375 for 9 carat gold) and the UK assay office mark, either London, Birmingham, Sheffield or Edinburgh.

Furthermore, any designer pieces of jewellery will have their own hallmark to prove that the piece has been made by them. Make sure you check for these hallmarks too if you’re purchasing a top end piece, as fakes will not bear these markings.

Are the Links of Good Quality?

The links of good quality necklaces and bracelets will not be pinched together. In fact, you can spot a genuine necklace by checking that the links have been soldered together to create a really smooth finish.

Check for Real Gold

There are a few simple ways to check for real gold jewellery, as follows:

·  Biting: Pretend you’ve won your very own gold medal and attempt to bite your gold. As it’s a soft metal, you should be able to make a small indent.

·  Hallmarks: As already mentioned above, all real gold jewellery should bear a hallmark denoting how many carats it contains.

·  The magnet test: Real gold is not magnetic, so if it sticks to a magnet, don’t buy it.

Check who you’re Buying From

Above all else, it’s advisable to always buy your jewellery from a reputable, established jeweller. Never buy investment pieces online whereby you haven’t seen the piece in person first.

If you would like the advice of a friendly, reputable jeweller to ensure that you aren’t caught out by buying a fake, EK Jewellers in Ilford are the real deal. Pop in and browse our range and see for yourself the genuine pieces we stock. We’ll be happy to help you to buy the very best. 

Posted on by Ian Tubby.