Last week, we started chatting about the best ways to spot a fake Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry. The easiest way to eliminate many fake Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry is to find a reputable Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry dealer first! So now that you’ve done that and you’re ready to get into the nitty gritty, we’re on to the next topic of our top 5 ways to spot a fake Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry: The Fast Five.
The Fast Five is a microcosm of the top 5 ways to spot a Cheap Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, in and of itself. It focuses on the general details of the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry. It was invented by our friends at Boca Raton Pawn and is a great overview of what to look out for – we’ll delve deeper into features like the cyclops and seconds hand next week. For today though, we want to go over these dead giveaways of a big fat fake Van Cleef & Arpels necklace.
Use the “Fast Five” criteria to look for red flags:
Face and Logo – The face details and manufacture logo on a fake Van Cleef & Arpels alhambra jewelry are usually either absent, poorly reproduced or just straight up incorrect.
Features – Many counterfeit Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry will have the same features of the authentic Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, but they won’t work. The stopVan Cleef & Arpels jewelry and subdials may not move or operate. One big telltale sign for fake Rolexes is the case back. Many fake luxury Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry have a clear back. But! Rolex only made two models with clear (skeleton) backs, and both were production models anyway from the 1930’s and were never mass-produced for the market.
Details – Many times the counterfeit Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet replica will include parts from totally different Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry. Think a Day-Date window on a Daytona. Or model numbers and metal stamps in combos that never existed. Or Big Bang H screws on an Audemars Piguet. They may even blatantly confuse the name of the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry or the hand style may be wrong.
Color and Texture – Examine the color and texture of the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry carefully. How does it compare to the authentic Van Cleef & Arpels clover jewelry you held in your hands and examined? Look for spotty or mottled gold – especially rose gold. It’s the most difficult metal for the big fat fakers to copy properly. However, remember that when you’re dealing with SuperFakes, you might be holding genuine gold or platinum, but still a counterfeit Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.
Clasp – Look closely at the clasp and bracelet of the Cheap Van Cleef & Arpels alhambra necklace. On a fake, they will be very simple, even cheap looking. Rather than secure, the clasp will feel flimsy or not close exactly right. This is also a good place to look for a suspicious crown logo on a van cleef & arpels jewelry.
We’re careful to go into greater detail when we’re examining a Replica Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry we might buy. But this is a quick checklist for a good once-over you should give any Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry you’re buying in person. It’s more difficult to use the top 5 ways to spot a fake Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry online, but it can definitely be done. If you’re suspicious, make sure the reputable seller has an iron-clad return policy (that favors you) or walk away. It might hurt to let that “steal” of a Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry go, but imagine you’re slow-mo walking away from a giant explosion, action movie style. You’ll thank us when you eventually find the real deal.