The information and photos in this sticky have been provided by Numero10 and myself. We hope you find it helpful in your quest to find authentic Tiffany jewelry!
This thread is geared toward identifying the difference between real and fake "Return to Tiffany" pieces. These items seem to be the most popular request of all Tiffany jewelry.
Always keep in mind that the ONLY website to purchase authentic Tiffany & Co. jewelry is Tiffany & Co. | Home | United States
. There are NO other authorized retailers of Tiffany & Co, jewelry.
If you are posting a link to a website (other than Ebay) that is selling Tiffany & Co. jewelry, it is safe to assume it is fake. We cannot vouch for its authenticity. **** There are NO TIFFANY WHOLESALERS OR TIFFANY OUTLETS! TIFFANY JEWELRY NEVER GOES ON SALE!!! ****
good deals on Ebay, you just have to be very careful. The majority of the Tiffany & Co. jewelry on Ebay is fake.
Also, remember that there are sellers that will pull the "bait and switch" method - they display pictures of real jewelry and then send you a fake piece. Or they have photos of a real piece and their fake piece in the same auction. It is a RED FLAG if one seller is selling several brand new pieces of Tiffany jewelry.
Important things to pay attention to when looking at Tiffany jewelry:
The font: The font on fake pieces is usually way off. The fake pieces seem to have an Arial Sans Serif font instead of Serif.
Please look below at the difference between the font on a real piece of Tiffany jewelry and a fake piece.
Also, keep in mind that Tiffany never made a "Return to Tiffany" heart toggle necklace. If you are looking at this piece, it is obviously a fake since it was never created!
Here is an example of WHAT NO TO BUY
Below is an authentic heart tag toggle necklace. Note that this piece has only the words "Tiffany & Co 925" stamped on the heart:
Here is a fake heart toggle necklace. It looks pretty good as far as the engraving, but pay attention to the fact the links are not perfectly soldered together. The link on top of the toggle should be perpendicular to the toggle:
And an authentic heart tag bracelet (not toggle):
This piece should also have "925" stamped on the clasp. See the example:
Here is an example fake heart tag toggle necklace:
Packaging: Pay attention to the color of the Tiffany & Co. box if there is one shown in the auction. The boxes and bags are highly faked. The fakers have messed up the color and it is usually off (appears more teal green). The Tiffany blue color is very distinct. Here is an example of the incorrect color:
Fake boxes. Look at the horrible green color:
Here is a photo of a two fake boxes above a real box:
More real boxes:
Another thing to pay attention to is the little bag that the piece goes in. A lot of the fake bags are made out of a cheap looking velvet material (see below for an example). The real bags are made out of a suede cloth. Look at the font on the bag. The font printed on the bag should not be too thick or fuzzy. If the bag is a pouch with a drawstring, make sure there is material at the top of the bag when it is cinched shut. The fake bags do not have extra material at the top. Numero10 says the bag should look like "an old fashioned money bag". That is the perfect description. Look at these for example:
Here is a picture of a real bag and two fake bags:
Here are the bags cinched shut:
Interiors of the bags. Note that Tiffany takes great care even in the interior stitching of the bag. The other two are very sloppy:
Here are a variety of real pouches. Note that the stitching is straight and even down the sides, across the bottom (with the exception of the smallest bag) and around the top. All of the bags have the same font, but the size varies. The newer pouches are on the left. The type on the recent bags is smaller than the older bags.
Another REAL pouch:
Real pouches have an interior snap that reads "PRYM*2B*ECHT". See photo below:
Photos of real Tiffany Shopping bags:
If there is ever plastic covering on the jewelry, that is a RED FLAG! Real Tiffany jewelry does not have plastic on it!
Other things to remember:
If the pictures in the auction have different backgrounds or have different lighting, that is usually a bad sign. The seller is more than likely stealing photos!
You can purchase preowned Tiffany jewelry from Yoogi's Closet and Anne's Fabulous Finds. There are NO websites authorized to sell new Tiffany jewelry.
I hope this authenticity guide is helpful. If you still aren't sure of authenticity, feel free to post it!
Many thanks to Numero10 for all of your help!