How to Spot Counterfeit Fake Tiffany & Co. Jewelry – How to tell if it’s authentic Tiffany

Mimicry is often labeled the ultimate form of flattery. I can assure you, however, that Tiffany & Co. is not flattered by the small number of con-artists who manufacture cheap jewelry and then stamp it with the T & Co. name in order to capitalize on Tiffany’s hard earned reputation. The purpose of this guide is to help you sort out the real McCoy from the wannabees.

The surest way to buy authentic T & Co. jewelry is go directly to Tiffany’s website, a Tiffany Authorized re-seller or a Tiffany Boutique. For those of us who cannot afford to buy new pieces, or simply choose to buy estate pieces, it can be difficult to know when we are getting the real thing and when we’re being duped. Experienced Tiffany buyers will tell you that there is simply no comparison between the feel and look of the real thing versus the cheap copies being hocked at street bazaars and shady online stores. However, if you don’t have a lot of hands on experience, you can be fooled by some of the clever fakes. What you need is a quick guide to help you identify the tell-tale signs of a counterfeit piece.

1. Soldered Links:

Links on Tiffany Jewelry should be soldered continuous links. There should not be a line where the link can be separated. This is a very common give-away on fakes. In the photos below you can see a counterfeit Tiffany heart toggle necklace and a close-up of the links. This necklace was sold to us by a silver dealer.

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Compare the links in the necklace above to the links in the authentic Tiffany heart toggle piece below. Note how the smooth perfectly round links on the real one have no seams:

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2. Perfection:

All stamps, logos and lines on a piece of modern Tiffany jewelry should be perfect. Below, take a look at the bangle in the top two photos. While it might look convincing from a distance, the Cartouche around the 1837 logo is off center and crooked. We purchased this bracelet from a website for $190.00. The site refunded our money without question when we complained that it was not authentic. You would never see a crooked logo like this on an authentic Tiffany bangle like the one on the bottom. Also – you can actually see the brass coming through the engraving on the top photo. Like most fakes, it is silver plated brass (sometimes copper or zinc as well). Note that on vintage and antique pieces, the Tiffany logo will appear on the back of the piece – these back marks are sometimes less than perfect.

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1837 Real

3. Font:

Newer authentic Tiffany pieces that actually use the full name “Tiffany & Co.” will almost always use a larger T and larger C.  If the piece has all uniform letters, you should investigate it further because it may be a fake. For vintage pieces, this rule goes out the window. The marks TIFFANY & CO. and even just “TIFFANY 18K” were used on genuine vintage Tiffany pieces.

4.  Silver Content:

Authentic Tiffany jewelry will always be marked with a fineness mark (aka “purity mark” and sometimes mistakenly called a “hallmark”). For sterling silver pieces the purity mark will be either “925” or “Sterling”, the latter being more common on vintage pieces.  The content of the piece will be 92.5% silver.  While Tiffany did make some large silver plated tea platters in the early part of the 20th century, Tiffany jewelry, especially modern pieces, is all solid silver. If you have a test kit, you can safely perform a touchstone test. If not, inspect the piece closely with a magnifying glass for wear. Pay particular attention to stamped and engraved areas as well as joints. As you can see the fake 1837 bracelet above, it is sometimes possible to see the base metal coming through the silver. Look at the 1827 ingot necklace below. We used sand paper to remove the outer silver layer and expose the underlying brass. IMPORTANTLY — magnets will not distinguish between sterling silver and silver plated brass — magnets are in fact rarely ever a reliable test for silver.

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SUPER FAKES

Though not common, you might sometimes encounter what we call “super fakes”. These pieces will fool even an experienced jeweler. We recently came across a heart tag “super fake” which appears below.

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Unlike the examples described above, this bracelet is made from solid sterling silver. It also features soldered links, which can be seen in the photo below.

 

 

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There are still some details which give it away as a fake. Let’s start with the Back of the donut loop. The 925 mark is askew, uneven and off strike.

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The letters on the heart tag bleed into the top surface.

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The welds and joints are generally sloppy. See photos below.

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The Heart tag is also domed, has a grainy texture and varies in thickness. It is also not signed on the back — which is not always fatal — but in this case, seals the deal.

Conclusion

When in doubt — don’t buy it.  Always ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for more pictures / closeups  if you are buying online.  Never buy a piece if the seller is representing it as “I was told” “I think this is authentic” or “Buy at your own risk”. It’s just not worth the headache. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have. Thanks as always for reading our jewelry blog! Please also visit our ebay store if you are in the market for jewelry today!

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98 Responses to How to Spot Counterfeit Fake Tiffany & Co. Jewelry – How to tell if it’s authentic Tiffany

  1. Klara says:

    I have a tiffany piece I’m trying to tell if its real or fake. It was a gift from my ex. Can I send you a picture to look at to see if it is real? THANKS! (-:

    • hunterridge says:

      Sure thing! PLease send us a link to the photos or message us directly with the photos. Thanks for reading out blog!

      • Lis says:

        Hi, I just found this site and someone has told me they dont think my old Tiffany is real. It was purchased from jeweller a long time ago.(Secondhand) If I send pics can you give me your opinion please? I have a bracelet also which I purchased in London but my old one seems heavier and better quality than my new one which was definately from Bond Street store.Any advice appreciated.
        Also if so, how do I send pics, i dont have FB im afraid.

      • hunterridge says:

        Hi and thanks for reading our blog! Hi and thanks for reading our blog! Please send the photos to my colleague at rudy@hunterridgeacquisitions.com

  2. Heather says:

    I just purchased a used Peretti 18 kt band with a very small diamond in it from a vintage jewelry store. It is stamped PERETTI 750 and TIFFANY & CO. in capital letters. The letters are uniform in size so your blog has me concerned. The T and the C are not larger. It appears to be a quality piece, and they offered a return if I am dissatisfied so I need to make a decision soon. They tried to assure me that it is authentic, but I want to make the best decision. I could send photos. Thank you.

    • hunterridge says:

      Hi Heather – this one is a bit complicated. I have seen this particular ring with both styles of font. How is the general quality of the mark? Any lopsidedness or mis-strikes. You can post a picture in you reply if you want or email it to us. Thanks for reading the blog, we really appreciate it. Zowie

  3. Sabrina Perry says:

    I have a bracelet i am wondering about, a mini bead bracelet, would you be able to help me identify if its real or not? Thank you in advance

  4. Hi! I recently acquired a gorgeous little 18k gold owl brooch that is marked Tiffany 18k. It is heavy at 23 grams, has great detail, and seems to have quality construction like other Tiffany pins BUT the Tiffany signature lacks Co and the letters appear to be the same size. Is it possible to send pictures for your opinion? Appreciate your time. Diana

  5. J. Gordon says:

    Hello, I have an 1890’s Paulding Farnham brooch (4 flowered), gold, enamel, and diamond centers.

    It has been authenticated as a Farnham piece, though value has varied. I thought now would be a good time for an appraisal and maybe a sale, seeing as how the Jon Loring book is out and stirring up huge demand for his pieces, his flowered pieces especially.

    Please email me back and let me know by our thoughts, thanks

    -j.

    • hunterridge says:

      Oh my what a splendid treasure! I have never had the opportunity to examine one in person. My instinct would be to preserve it as a family heirloom. However, Christies has several high end jewelry auctions coming up Sept-Nov. With the global economy in recovery mode, and spending on artistic items at an all time high, this might very well be an excellent time to liquidate it. Best of luck and I would absolutely love to see a picture / hear how it turns out. Thanks for reading and posting on our blog.

  6. Ashley says:

    I have a pair of silver hoop earrings my grandparents acquired about 10+ years ago (they did estate sells, storage unit actions etc). I realized the other day these earrings are both marked with a Tiffany & Co. stamp and the elsa peretti signature…for the most part, everything I’ve found suggests they may be real…I plan to list them for sale on ebay(I’m more of a camera gear type of girl 🙂 and I do NOT want to inadvertently sell a knock off as authentic. Would it be possible to send a few photos and get y’all’s opinion? I would greatly appreciate it…I would feel awful if I sold them and they turn out to be fake :-/

    • hunterridge says:

      Hi Ashley – We are happy to take a look at them. These earrings are commonly faked. Usually the Tiffany mark and the Elsa Peretti signature is laser engraved – rather poorly – and it’s often on the wrong side of the earring. You can also weigh them. Put a quarter in the photos so we can see what size they are. Thanks for reading our blog and for your question!

  7. Michelle James says:

    Hi! I received a Tiffany Notes cuff bracelet from my ex as a gift and can’t tell if it’s a fake. I’d like to sell it but don’t want to sell something that’s not the real deal! Can I send photos to get your opinion?

  8. m says:

    I bought a tiffanys heart bracelet directly from tiffanys a few years ago and some of the links in the bracelet have cracks or lines in them…so tiffanys sold me a counterfeit piece?

    • hunterridge says:

      Hi and thanks for your question! The links on an authentic Tiffany’s Heart bracelet will be soldered. You might be looking at the solder lines themselves. It is also remotely (though highly unusual) possible that the link cracked under pressure. If the links are open, and not soldered, it is not authentic.

  9. Gemma Barron says:

    Hi could I please send you some pics of large Tifanny heart earrings I received from my partner for my Birthday this weekend, he was told they were legit but I am not too sure and want to know so I can get a refund if they are not, if you could email me with the details to send the pics to I would really appreciate it, thanks x

  10. Aura says:

    Great information! I especially appreciate the comparative photos.
    I am considering a pre-loved 18″ bean necklace that I’m told is 6 years old. The spacing of the engraving on the bean is different from the photos I found online, and the Tiffany stamp on the clasp is off-centre. Could I send you photos for your opinion?
    Thanks again for the great post!

  11. alexis says:

    i got a tiffany piece not sure if its real. i cant find it anywhere. but here i didnt get it off this site though, [Link Removed by iscrub] please let me know!!!!!

    • hunterridge says:

      Hi and thanks for your question! That does appear to be a legitimate site, though we are not familiar with it. Thanks again, Zowie

      • alexis says:

        So they sell real tiffany and co jewelry ? I got it from this girl she said she bought it five years ago. I can’t find it anywhere. To see if it’s real

  12. Frank says:

    Hi I came across you blog and wanted ask a question… bout a venetian box bracelet for the wife… she saying it is fake cuz it is stamped differently… it has everything the same but has the copyright hallmark before tiffany and co— did they ever use that hallmark?

    • hunterridge says:

      Hi and thanks for your question! I have personally seen authentic Tiffany pieces that have the copyright symbol before the name. If you send us a photo of the bracelet, we can take a quick look at it. Thanks for reading our blog!

  13. Lynn Beasley says:

    Hello, I have an antique and vintage jewelry store and people bring jewelry in to me. I got a Tiffany “Return” necklace and all seems very good on it except there is no mark on the back of the heart. I know they put marks on some, but I’m wondering if they always did. The weight is right and the length is right, so I’m not sure. This piece comes from a pretty reputable person so I hate to question it I want to put it on eBay and am just trying to find out for sure first. I can send pictures if you want. Thank you so much in advance. Lynn in Oklahoma

  14. fem says:

    is this a fake Tiffany necklace ?

    • hunterridge says:

      Hi and thanks for reading our blog. It’s difficult to tell whether it’s a fake tiffany necklace from that picture. Can you post a better picture of the clasp and the heart pendant?

  15. Scott Harleman says:

    Hi, I found this in a box lot from auction. It is a square T & CO 925 1837 ring. It was either gold plated, or its fake as after I polished it up, with expensive cleaner, it appears to have either brass or ggold showing. Thanks for your help.

  16. jessica says:

    hi! I have a whole set of tiffany’s jewelry its pearl and In the box. but I don’t think it is authentic because its not stamped and the pearls have different shapes. they’re not rounded off and perfected, like other jewelry by tiffany. do you think its fake?

  17. Nicole says:

    Hi I have a Tiffany and company necklace and bracelet set and not sure if its authentic or not. Can you help please?

  18. Edith says:

    I am so happy to have found this page! Great blog by the way. I write for the same reasons as all the entries above 🙂 I have a two vintage tiffany pins of which I bought one at a flea market in the 80’s but I never thought of checking authenticity but I did check gold and they are gold. But are they authentic T&Co… I have noticed that the pins do have a # engraved in them ever so slightly but they are clearly a number. I may have to reluctantly sell one but I would like to be sure as to not sell a fake 😦 I also checked ebay but 1 saw two variations of the gold feather in question. I can email you pics. I look forward to your reply.
    Kindly, Edith

  19. Lucas says:

    This is a really helpful post. I’m looking into buying a bracelet online, but I am somewhat hesitant. Based on what I’ve read it seems authentic but I’m not completely certain and would really appreciate the opinion of someone more experienced. Could I send you a few pictures to have them checked out? Thanks a lot and I look forward to hearing from you!

  20. Alex says:

    Hi. Concidering to buy this Tiffany band to my gf, but as the gent above, I’m not a 100% convinced it’s real. Could I to send you the link so you could have a look? Thanks!

  21. Ang says:

    Hello. I’ve just bought an Etoile band and wondered if it was genuine. Could I send you a few pictures please? Thanks a lot.

  22. alison says:

    Hi I’ve recently bought an elsa perretti star necklace, it is the solid star. Should the actual star be signed? The chain has two pieces at either end, one is stamped tiffany &co with 925 and the other is perretti and Spain on the other side.
    I would appreciate your comments.

    • hunterridge says:

      hi and thanks for your question as well as reading our blog. I have seen the same piece before and the pendant was not signed. This can also be seen on the hollow ball pendant – where the chain is signed but the integrated pendant is not. Feel free to send us a photo if you want Zowie to take a look at it. Thanks.

  23. Emily says:

    That was really an informative post! 🙂 I recently purchased a used Return to Tiffany Mini Heart Lock Necklace, it had a T & Co 925 stamp at the back, however the stamp was positioned in the middle of the heart instead of at the top or along the periphery…wondering if this could be a counterfeit one? Thank you! 🙂

  24. lisa says:

    Hi…I bought an antique gold stick pin at a yard sale, it has a pearl & what appears to be a diamond atop it that appears to be set in platinum or white gold….after examining it closely I realized it is marked Tiffany & co. Can you tell me the approximate value of a gold, pearl & diamond Tiffany stick pin?

  25. Lilly says:

    This was such a great article and it was very helpful! I have a Tiffany & Co. ring that i just purchased off of eBay and i wanted to know if I sent you some photos if you could look at it and tell me if you think its authentic. It even came with the box, paper work, etc but i still would like to get an opinion. Thanks

  26. Matt says:

    Great post! I also had a question about a necklace I was hoping you could look at. I sent an email with a few pictures to the email address you provided a few comments above: rudy@hunterridgeacquisitions.com. Would you be able to take a look? Thank you so much for your help.

  27. Sascha Olsson says:

    Hi!
    I’d like to know if this vintage piece is a fake :

    Your blog is awesome!

    • hunterridge says:

      Hi Sascha and thanks for your question! The piece appears to be authentic from the photos. My only concern is that the link joining the heart tag to the chain is not welded.

  28. Kerri says:

    Hi,
    I recently purchased an oval solid 14K gold Tiffany & Co. pendant. I’m not sure of the age but wondering if you could tell by the photos if it’s authentic or not. Your blog is super! Thank you! How do I attache or send photos?

  29. Matt says:

    Great post! I think (crosses fingers) I have a genuine necklace, but I was hoping you could take a look at it to confirm? What’s the best way to contact you? Thank you so much for the help!

  30. Lisa says:

    Hi there- I’m based here in Scotland but I have a real issue with a couple of pieces I bought in a local charity shop. The manager assured me that had the work had been verified but I am suspicious about one of the pieces and the pouches also. The piece in question has been checked and is silver however no-one including Tiffany UK will verify that it is Tiffany. Could you help at all?

  31. Kamila Byszewska says:

    Hello, I’m based in London. I bought today in a local charity shop a “Please return to Tiffany” necklace and I have a real issue with it now. The manager assured me that the work had been verified by the specialist and I believe it is silver however after reading your blog I became suspicious. Could you please help?

  32. hello
    15 years ago i purchased what i was told a vintage tiffany schlumberger signature ring..today i discovered that the copyright mark is not next to the tiffany & co mark.. as a vintage ring is this “normal”? how difficult would it be to fake this very detailed ring? i am a bit concerned about the authenticity now. of course it’s too late to do anything about it.. i have watched this ring go up in value on the tiffany website for years.. i had hoped to give it to my daughter someday as an heirloom..if i took it to my local tiffany store would they agree to authenticate it? thank you for your assistance..
    cindy

    • hunterridge says:

      Hi and thanks for your question! I apologize for the late response as we have been inundated with requests lately. The real Schlumberger pieces are not easily mistaken for the crude fakes on the market. I think you are probably safe to presume the piece is real. The studio artists that produce these types of pieces will place the required marks anywhere on the piece that they can fit them without interfering with the design. Tiffany used to authenticate pieces regularly. Recently (in the last five years) they have begun turning away requests for authenticiation unless the piece was purchased in the same shop and the owner has the original paper work. With a classic piece like this, they may still be willing to OK it for you. You can also take it to a local auction house. Thanks again, Zowie

  33. Dakota Peeler says:

    I am currently prospecting a discontinued piece. It’s a 5-charm bangle with a blowfish, anchor, umbrella, starfish, and a boat. Everything seems to check out, except that the blowfish’s eyes have blue stones seemingly encrested into them. Any of the other copies of this piece that I have found have hollow eyes. All of the craftsmanship seems to be there, it’s just the eye balls that are throwing me… Should this be a deal breaker??? If you want photo’s so you can see it please email me at dakota.peeler@yahoo.com. Please help! Thank you!

    • hunterridge says:

      Hi and thanks for your question. I’ve seen a Tiffany blowfish charm with jeweled eyes but it was in gold rather than silver. My best guess is that like many pieces, this item was available bejeweled or plain and the bejeweled ones are now uncommon. If everything else looks OK – then you are probably in the clear on this one.

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  35. Joe says:

    I appreciate all the information provided by your blog. I recently purchased two items from an estate auction and have questions to their authenticity. Items will be for resale, so if I was duped I’m OK with that, just don’t want to pass it on if that’s the case. First item is a Return to Tiffany choker, with everything I have researched the clasp and the pendant seem legitimate, my doubts are in the chain. The second item is an 8.5″ silver curb link bracelet, it has a box clasp and is engraved as follows, TIFFANY & Co on top line, copyright symbol followed by Elsa Peretti signature on second line, 925 alone on third line. I would be happy to send detailed pics and would appreciate any help you may be able to offer.

  36. Charly Pan says:

    Hello, I am now wondering if my tiffanys tag necklace is real or not after reading this article. Do they have stamps on the back of the necklace ? If I were to send you some pictures would you be able to tell ???
    Thank you 🙂

  37. Shandra says:

    Hello, I would like your opinion on a bracelet! I am sending a picture to the email you provided, right now. I would very much appreciate your input!

  38. John says:

    Hi, thank you for all the great information, http://www.trademe.co.nz/a.aspx?id=890699253 can anyone tell me if this is a fake? T & Co 925 on the end of the ball can only be seen with a magnifying glass???

    Thanks John

  39. lisa says:

    Hi. Hope you can help. I’m about to purchase aTiffany bracelet from an eBay seller. This one seems1 legit but I know you can never b sure. He has pictures and answers my questions. quickly. I have the real bracelet at home a relative purchased for me years ago when. She was a Tiffany employee. She is leary of any ebay purchase but I know some can b real. Can I send you the listing if u have the time perhaps you can let me know wha t you think.?

  40. Demetres says:

    Lynn Beasley says:

    September 12, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Hello, I have an antique and vintage jewelry store and people bring jewelry in to me. I got a Tiffany “Return” necklace and all seems very good on it except there is no mark on the back of the heart. I know they put marks on some, but I’m wondering if they always did. The weight is right and the length is right, so I’m not sure. This piece comes from a pretty reputable person so I hate to question it I want to put it on eBay and am just trying to find out for sure first. I can send pictures if you want. Thank you so much in advance. Lynn in Oklahoma
    ******Was this post answered? I just purchased a Return to Tiffany Heart choker on ebay but the heart is missing the Tiffany mark on the back. The weight is 62 grams and the length is 16.5″ instead of 15.5″. Will Tiffany custom make pieces? I haven’t received it yet, I purchased it yesterday. I found your blog this morning.

  41. Katrina says:

    Can u tell me if I have a real or fake tiffany? ?

  42. Eddie Maldonado says:

    I purchased A triple sterling bangle with a dangling heart that permanently attaches to the three bangles. the heart also has a cut out heart where the attachment goes through. I noticed that the three bangles are not siged.does this mean it is a fake?

  43. Vivian says:

    I just bought a Tiffanys Elsa Peretti medium heart necklace. It has no markings except 925 on the clasp. It doesn’t look authentic to me. I read online that these specific necklaces don’t always have the markings. Can you help me tell if this is real?

    • hunterridge says:

      hi and thanks for your question. This is an age old debate. There were a few Perretti pieces that were not marked on the pendant – but the only ones we’ve seen are the “bean” in the smallest size. You should be able to judge the authenticity of the Tiffany chain based on the quality of the construction. Feel free to send us a photo.

  44. Jacque says:

    Hi does the Tiffany heart choker have a ale on the chain some where and does it have 925 on the large round t bar hole

  45. Keith barrett says:

    I have a Tiffany and Company bracelet the heart tag but that 925 is on the top of the heart not on the bottom and it’s not stamped on the back but all the soldering looks real good can’t even tell where it comes together on it so I don’t know if it’s real or fake think you could help me out if I send you a picture

  46. ANN says:

    HI, wanted to buy Tiffany&Co heart tag bracelet second hand.But not sure if it’s authentic.It’s not stamp in the back of heart? Help can I send pic? If so where to.Thank you

  47. Susan Myers says:

    I’m also wondering if u could tell me if my tiffany & Co choker necklace is real or fake

    • 71onabox says:

      Hi! You helped me a long time ago and have helped me to be a very informed buyer.

      But I have a come across (2) anomalies in regard two pieces of Tiffany and want to see if you could help me?

      Here is the first pic of the necklace – Please note there the 925 in the interlocking circles are different. Did Tiffany change it up and how could two different type of markings on the same necklace?

      Here is the necklace

      I’ll send pics of bracelet later. Any advice would be invaluable.

      ~ 71onabox

      >

  48. Diane says:

    I have a very old Return to Tiffany heart that my mother gave me 30 – 40 years ago that I cherish. It has a letter and number stamped on the front of it which I believe helped get it to it’s rightful owners if it was lost. The heart is stamped on the back with 14K and a symbol that looks like a rounded Y but the base of the Y goes all the way to the top. Kind of like a U with a line through the middle of it from top to bottom extending past the bottom of the U. It’s one of the few pieces of jewelry I have from my mom so just wondering if it is authentic or not. I believe my dad put a gold jump ring on it at the time.

    I have asked at the Tiffany store and they are not able to say one way or another but say it is a very beautiful piece. I’ve asked in a group I belong to and they are torn between it being authentic and possibly not. Some think there were a few pieces in 14k that were hand stamped when it first came out.

    If I sent pictures would you be able to tell? If so, can you tell me where to send pictures too?

    Thank you for your time!

  49. Sharon says:

    It looks like my bangle is genuine, thank to reading this. Thank you

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