My Chanel Brooch Collection
Hello friends, I recently filmed a video and shared it on my youtube and I thought I would be brave and share it on my blog too. It’s basically a little look around my Chanel Brooch collection; Where I got each one, why I bought them and a little about how I style them. It’s one of the first videos that I’ve been fairly happy with in terms of editing, even though it’s admittedly REALLY basic, I thought I would be brave and share it on here, as well as my YouTube Channel. So click ‘Play’ and watch below… PS. Sorry I’m annoying!
How To Authenticate A Chanel Brooch
Also, I wanted to share a few pointers on how to authenticate a Chanel brooch. So, first of all, Chanel have been making jewellery since 1932 and back then, these pieces were not signed or marked at all. However, don’t be fooled! Pieces this old are extremely rare and generally part of private collections and don’t come up for sale often, so don’t EVER assume that if a piece looks vaguely old and it’s unmarked that it’s authentic. My attitude to buying pre-loved or vintage Chanel is always the same… if in doubt, leave it out! I always advise buying from anywhere which comes with a authenticity guarantee where each item has been inspected by an expert, The Real Real or Vestiaire Collective are great places. However, items on Ebay, Etsy, Gumtree and Craigslist for example are not checked over by experts and I would always suggest avoiding these places unless you REALLY know what you are doing. That being said, if you are in a thrift store and you see a pretty nice looking bag which might-or-might-not be Chanel for a pound, just buy it and inspect it when you get home… you might get lucky!
Anyway! Back to the jewellery, so most pieces of Chanel jewellery on the pre-loved or vintage market are from the Karl Lagerfeld era. He started at Chanel in 1983 and in 1986 he hired Victoire de Castellane as head designer of Chanel costume jewellery. It was at this point that Chanel really amped up how to identify the jewellery from the markings on the tags / stamp. So for starters, the tags, plates and stamps are always oval. You’ll see the word ‘Chanel’ and ‘Made in XXX’ (this is usually France in the case of jewellery, but some items are made elsewhere, Cashmere in Scotland, leather goods often in Italy etc.) To the left of the ‘Chanel’ you will see the copyright symbol © and to the right of the Chanel you will see ®. In the middle of the oval plate you’ll see the interlocking C’s and to the left of this you should be able to see what year it came from and on the right which collection (although these season codes are a little confusing as ‘P’ stands for Printemps which means Spring in French). Please note that these seasonal codes weren’t introduced until around 1992 though, so if the piece is older, don’t let this missing piece of info fool you into think it’s fake. Finally, and for me, this is the most important thing of everything, look and feel the piece of jewellery for the quality of it. Does the metal feel heavy? Is the gold tone rich and buttery in colour? Does the metal smell like an old tin can?! Do the crystals look premium and the enamel work crisp? Remember Chanel costume jewellery is expensive and even though it’s ‘Costume’, it’s still a luxury item and despite the fact it could be worn many times or manufactured 20 or 30 years ago, it should still look and feel like a premium piece of jewellery. It shouldn’t smell like an old tin can, feel light and flimsy and lord know, it shouldn’t make your skin itch after 5 minutes of wearing it! If it’s authentic Chanel, you *should* be able to see and feel a difference. Don’t assume if it’s old it’s real, some modern fakes are made to vintage and some fakes are old as counterfeit products have been a problem for years now! Oh and if it seems like too good to be true, it probably is, however, sometimes the thrifting Gods smile on us, and if you scoop up a bargain and want to be sure before you show it off to your friends, you can always get it authenticated by an expert!
I hope this post on How To Authenticate A Chanel Brooch is of help! Enjoy the vid and if you ever want more information, please do let me know! Also, I have a post here on buying authentic preloved Chanel bags, which I think is also super helpful too!