FIVE ways to authenticate Chanel jewellery

FIVE ways to authenticate Chanel jewellery

FIVE ways to authenticate Chanel jewellery

Hello friends! Today I want to share FIVE ways to authenticate Chanel jewellery. Although I have to admit, in this post I do share more than five things to look for… and not look for! So buckle up baby, this post is going to have you looking closely and thinking hard!!

Also, not only am I an avid collector of Chanel jewellery, but I also used to work in the jewellery industry so I know a fair bit about the production, findings, packing and quality of luxury handmade jewellery. So hopefully after this post, you will have learnt a thing or two about not just Chanel jewellery, but luxury jewellery in general! Plus as a bonus, I will share some tips and tricks on how to care for your jewellery to make it last as long as possible! Let’s go! 


FIVE ways to authenticate Chanel jewellery

Hello friends! Today I want to share FIVE ways to authenticate Chanel jewellery. Although I have to admit, in this post I do share more than five things to look for… and not look for! So buckle up baby, this post is going to have you looking closely and thinking hard!!

Also, not only am I an avid collector of Chanel jewellery, but I also used to work in the jewellery industry so I know a fair bit about the production, findings, packing and quality of luxury handmade jewellery. So hopefully after this post, you will have learnt a thing or two about not just Chanel jewellery, but luxury jewellery in general! Plus as a bonus, I will share some tips and tricks on how to care for your jewellery to make it last as long as possible! Let's go! 



Finish & materials

OK! First up! We need to look at the overall finish of the jewellery and the materials used. Chanel costume jewellery is made using the finest materials possible, so if there is any pearls or crystals on the piece they should look perfect. For instance, if the pearls are meant to be a circle shape, they should be a perfect circle, or a perfect square. They should also fit into the space flawlessly and never look too big or too small. The crystals should look like the highest grade, rather than plastic crystals. There should be no sign or glue or slightly flawed placement of the crystals. All should look perfect. 

As for the design, if it features the interlocking C's or the Chanel logo, it should be perfectly depicted. For instance, the C's should be the correct shape and end at the right point and be the right proportions, similarly, if it featured the Chanel logo, it should be spelt correctly, spaced perfectly and each letter should be the correct font and proportions. Of course some Chanel jewellery will have Chanel in a themed lettering and this won't look like the logo we all know, but if it is meant to look like the logo, then it should. 

Some of the vintage gold pieces often have a look of being 'cast' from a handmade mould, where as the newer pieces look more detailed and precise. It's hard to describe, but if you look at the vintage gold pieces, they should almost look like someone has hand carved a mould which each piece has been cast from. It's still beautiful, but it looks a little more 'handmade' and 'hand finished' compared to the newer pieces. Either way, the finish will be luxe. 

Also the vintage gold pieces might have the odd sign of wear or tarnish, but they should be pretty close to perfect, as these pieces were made using gold plating. They should also be quite a bright yellow gold, where as the more modern Chanel gold tone is a softer shade of gold - in general, occasionally they will do more of a yellow gold, but the vintage pieces will also have a more yellow gold appearance. 

Also if the jewellery is made from several components, the fixtures and findings should be perfect and strong, you shouldn't be able to bend them by hand as they should be sturdy and all the components should be the same colour of mental - unless they are meant to be different shades. But this is a rare exception, but for the most part, if there is a interlocking C pendant hanging off a chain, the chain and the pendant should be the exact same colour. 

Weight

This is a hard one to judge if you are shopping online, but authentic Chanel jewellery is sturdy and has a good 'weight' to it. If you pick up a piece of Chanel jewellery it should feel on the heavier side and it should feel solid, never light or flimsy. If it feels like you could bend it or break it, that's a sign it could not be authentic. 

Packaging & authenticity cards

Chanel jewellery usually comes in a little velour pouch which has an embossed logo on. The pouch is stored in a box and there is no authenticity card which comes with jewellery. Some sellers might provide a receipt or a copy of a receipt and whilst this is nice, these can be forged or they can provide a real receipt with a fake piece of jewellery. So whilst it is nice to have that proof of purchase, it's not always a guarantee. 

Similarly, boxes and pouches are often faked too, so do expect these to check they look legit. Mostly, the boxes are made up of a black lid with a white base, but I do have a few necklaces which come in a larger box which is black throughout - like my candy chanel necklace. Again, the box should have the exact logo on and the interlocking C's should be the perfect proportions. I've noticed quite a few fake Chanel pieces come with a white pouch and white box. This is incorrect, it should be a black box with possibly a white base and a black pouch which folds, generally not a drawstring - although there are the odd exceptions. 

Chanel branding / Identity plate

Of ocuese, we mentioned above that each Chanel name logo or interlocking C logo should be perfectly represented to the official logo. For instance, the interlocking C's should have the exact space between the two letters and the C's should finish at the perfect height. These are very important things to look for. But aside from this, there should be an identity plate on the back which should be marked 'Chanel', 'made in france/ paris / italy' and some serial numbers which represent the year made and the collection it was part of. 

The serial numbers are not unique to that piece - unlike the bags which each have their own unique serial number. Have a good study of this plate, whilst they have changed over the years, the brand name should be well printed and spaced and the stamp should be clean and clear looking. Over the decades there have been changes to this stamp, so it's hard to give exact markings to look for, but mainly I would say to study the 'Chanel' stamp to make sure it looks clear and neat, look for the 'C' in a circle and look for the country of origin. Also, generally make sure the stamp is a perfect oval and clearly stamped. Also, the vintage chanel pieces might have less of a precise stamp than the newer pieces. 

Where is/ was it purchased?

Finally, be careful where you buy your Chanel jewellery. Of course, the safest place to buy authentic Chanel jewellery is in the stores. However, outside of this you are shopping on the preloved market and it's important to be vigilant on where you shop. One of my favourite places to shop for Chanel is Bonham's as they have amazing Designer bag and jewellery sales and I would say they are one of the best places to shop. I feel 100% confident that each piece is authentic and I know if I ever resell a piece, that their receipt is good proof of the items authenticity for the buyer too. Because it's an auction, you can get a bargain if you choose the less obvious pieces and you can get really lucky on the day. Some of my best Chanel bargains have been bought at auction! 

I would advise anyone new to Chanel to avoid shopping on Gumtree, Facebook marketplace, etsy and similar places. However, eBay have recently launched their 'Guaranteed Authentic' section of the website, which is a good place to shop. Aside from that, Vestiaire Collective and therealreal.com are good too. 

If you are lucky enough to find a piece of Chanel at a charity shop, then I would recommend buying it if it is cheap and worry about authenticating it later - you don't want to try and authenticate it on the spot and not buy it, only to regret it forever. And if you have found something potentially special on Gumtree or Facebook marketplace, ask yourself why they are selling it on there rather than somewhere more 'legit'. 

Finally, don't be afraid to ask questions, no matter where it's being sold! You can ask questions about how long they have had it, why they are selling it, where they bought it and even if they can send more pictures. Also, a good red flag to look out for is blurred pictures of details. Sorry, but we all have access to a pretty good iPhone these days, so there's no excuse for bad and overly blurry images! Perhaps they are trying to hide something! similarly, if they don't want to give extra images, this could be another red flag they are being a little shady! 

Chanel Online Retailers Who Sell AUTHENTIC Chanel

Vestiaire Collective
therealreal.com
Farfetch
eBay – Authenticity Guarenteed 
Get 20% off at therealreal.com with the code ‘REAL’

Finish & materials

OK! First up! We need to look at the overall finish of the jewellery and the materials used. Chanel costume jewellery is made using the finest materials possible, so if there is any pearls or crystals on the piece they should look perfect. For instance, if the pearls are meant to be a circle shape, they should be a perfect circle, or a perfect square. They should also fit into the space flawlessly and never look too big or too small. The crystals should look like the highest grade, rather than plastic crystals. There should be no sign or glue or slightly flawed placement of the crystals. All should look perfect. 

As for the design, if it features the interlocking C’s or the Chanel logo, it should be perfectly depicted. For instance, the C’s should be the correct shape and end at the right point and be the right proportions, similarly, if it featured the Chanel logo, it should be spelt correctly, spaced perfectly and each letter should be the correct font and proportions. Of course some Chanel jewellery will have Chanel in a themed lettering and this won’t look like the logo we all know, but if it is meant to look like the logo, then it should. 

Some of the vintage gold pieces often have a look of being ‘cast’ from a handmade mould, where as the newer pieces look more detailed and precise. It’s hard to describe, but if you look at the vintage gold pieces, they should almost look like someone has hand carved a mould which each piece has been cast from. It’s still beautiful, but it looks a little more ‘handmade’ and ‘hand finished’ compared to the newer pieces. Either way, the finish will be luxe. 

Also the vintage gold pieces might have the odd sign of wear or tarnish, but they should be pretty close to perfect, as these pieces were made using gold plating. They should also be quite a bright yellow gold, where as the more modern Chanel gold tone is a softer shade of gold – in general, occasionally they will do more of a yellow gold, but the vintage pieces will also have a more yellow gold appearance. 

Also if the jewellery is made from several components, the fixtures and findings should be perfect and strong, you shouldn’t be able to bend them by hand as they should be sturdy and all the components should be the same colour of mental – unless they are meant to be different shades. But this is a rare exception, but for the most part, if there is a interlocking C pendant hanging off a chain, the chain and the pendant should be the exact same colour. 

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Weight

This is a hard one to judge if you are shopping online, but authentic Chanel jewellery is sturdy and has a good ‘weight’ to it. If you pick up a piece of Chanel jewellery it should feel on the heavier side and it should feel solid, never light or flimsy. If it feels like you could bend it or break it, that’s a sign it could not be authentic. 

Packaging & authenticity cards

Chanel jewellery usually comes in a little velour pouch which has an embossed logo on. The pouch is stored in a box and there is no authenticity card which comes with jewellery. Some sellers might provide a receipt or a copy of a receipt and whilst this is nice, these can be forged or they can provide a real receipt with a fake piece of jewellery. So whilst it is nice to have that proof of purchase, it’s not always a guarantee. 

Similarly, boxes and pouches are often faked too, so do expect these to check they look legit. Mostly, the boxes are made up of a black lid with a white base, but I do have a few necklaces which come in a larger box which is black throughout – like my candy chanel necklace. Again, the box should have the exact logo on and the interlocking C’s should be the perfect proportions. I’ve noticed quite a few fake Chanel pieces come with a white pouch and white box. This is incorrect, it should be a black box with possibly a white base and a black pouch which folds, generally not a drawstring – although there are the odd exceptions. 


FIVE ways to authenticate Chanel jewellery

Hello friends! Today I want to share FIVE ways to authenticate Chanel jewellery. Although I have to admit, in this post I do share more than five things to look for… and not look for! So buckle up baby, this post is going to have you looking closely and thinking hard!!

Also, not only am I an avid collector of Chanel jewellery, but I also used to work in the jewellery industry so I know a fair bit about the production, findings, packing and quality of luxury handmade jewellery. So hopefully after this post, you will have learnt a thing or two about not just Chanel jewellery, but luxury jewellery in general! Plus as a bonus, I will share some tips and tricks on how to care for your jewellery to make it last as long as possible! Let's go! 



Finish & materials

OK! First up! We need to look at the overall finish of the jewellery and the materials used. Chanel costume jewellery is made using the finest materials possible, so if there is any pearls or crystals on the piece they should look perfect. For instance, if the pearls are meant to be a circle shape, they should be a perfect circle, or a perfect square. They should also fit into the space flawlessly and never look too big or too small. The crystals should look like the highest grade, rather than plastic crystals. There should be no sign or glue or slightly flawed placement of the crystals. All should look perfect. 

As for the design, if it features the interlocking C's or the Chanel logo, it should be perfectly depicted. For instance, the C's should be the correct shape and end at the right point and be the right proportions, similarly, if it featured the Chanel logo, it should be spelt correctly, spaced perfectly and each letter should be the correct font and proportions. Of course some Chanel jewellery will have Chanel in a themed lettering and this won't look like the logo we all know, but if it is meant to look like the logo, then it should. 

Some of the vintage gold pieces often have a look of being 'cast' from a handmade mould, where as the newer pieces look more detailed and precise. It's hard to describe, but if you look at the vintage gold pieces, they should almost look like someone has hand carved a mould which each piece has been cast from. It's still beautiful, but it looks a little more 'handmade' and 'hand finished' compared to the newer pieces. Either way, the finish will be luxe. 

Also the vintage gold pieces might have the odd sign of wear or tarnish, but they should be pretty close to perfect, as these pieces were made using gold plating. They should also be quite a bright yellow gold, where as the more modern Chanel gold tone is a softer shade of gold - in general, occasionally they will do more of a yellow gold, but the vintage pieces will also have a more yellow gold appearance. 

Also if the jewellery is made from several components, the fixtures and findings should be perfect and strong, you shouldn't be able to bend them by hand as they should be sturdy and all the components should be the same colour of mental - unless they are meant to be different shades. But this is a rare exception, but for the most part, if there is a interlocking C pendant hanging off a chain, the chain and the pendant should be the exact same colour. 

Weight

This is a hard one to judge if you are shopping online, but authentic Chanel jewellery is sturdy and has a good 'weight' to it. If you pick up a piece of Chanel jewellery it should feel on the heavier side and it should feel solid, never light or flimsy. If it feels like you could bend it or break it, that's a sign it could not be authentic. 

Packaging & authenticity cards

Chanel jewellery usually comes in a little velour pouch which has an embossed logo on. The pouch is stored in a box and there is no authenticity card which comes with jewellery. Some sellers might provide a receipt or a copy of a receipt and whilst this is nice, these can be forged or they can provide a real receipt with a fake piece of jewellery. So whilst it is nice to have that proof of purchase, it's not always a guarantee. 

Similarly, boxes and pouches are often faked too, so do expect these to check they look legit. Mostly, the boxes are made up of a black lid with a white base, but I do have a few necklaces which come in a larger box which is black throughout - like my candy chanel necklace. Again, the box should have the exact logo on and the interlocking C's should be the perfect proportions. I've noticed quite a few fake Chanel pieces come with a white pouch and white box. This is incorrect, it should be a black box with possibly a white base and a black pouch which folds, generally not a drawstring - although there are the odd exceptions. 

Chanel branding / Identity plate

Of ocuese, we mentioned above that each Chanel name logo or interlocking C logo should be perfectly represented to the official logo. For instance, the interlocking C's should have the exact space between the two letters and the C's should finish at the perfect height. These are very important things to look for. But aside from this, there should be an identity plate on the back which should be marked 'Chanel', 'made in france/ paris / italy' and some serial numbers which represent the year made and the collection it was part of. 

The serial numbers are not unique to that piece - unlike the bags which each have their own unique serial number. Have a good study of this plate, whilst they have changed over the years, the brand name should be well printed and spaced and the stamp should be clean and clear looking. Over the decades there have been changes to this stamp, so it's hard to give exact markings to look for, but mainly I would say to study the 'Chanel' stamp to make sure it looks clear and neat, look for the 'C' in a circle and look for the country of origin. Also, generally make sure the stamp is a perfect oval and clearly stamped. Also, the vintage chanel pieces might have less of a precise stamp than the newer pieces. 

Where is/ was it purchased?

Finally, be careful where you buy your Chanel jewellery. Of course, the safest place to buy authentic Chanel jewellery is in the stores. However, outside of this you are shopping on the preloved market and it's important to be vigilant on where you shop. One of my favourite places to shop for Chanel is Bonham's as they have amazing Designer bag and jewellery sales and I would say they are one of the best places to shop. I feel 100% confident that each piece is authentic and I know if I ever resell a piece, that their receipt is good proof of the items authenticity for the buyer too. Because it's an auction, you can get a bargain if you choose the less obvious pieces and you can get really lucky on the day. Some of my best Chanel bargains have been bought at auction! 

I would advise anyone new to Chanel to avoid shopping on Gumtree, Facebook marketplace, etsy and similar places. However, eBay have recently launched their 'Guaranteed Authentic' section of the website, which is a good place to shop. Aside from that, Vestiaire Collective and therealreal.com are good too. 

If you are lucky enough to find a piece of Chanel at a charity shop, then I would recommend buying it if it is cheap and worry about authenticating it later - you don't want to try and authenticate it on the spot and not buy it, only to regret it forever. And if you have found something potentially special on Gumtree or Facebook marketplace, ask yourself why they are selling it on there rather than somewhere more 'legit'. 

Finally, don't be afraid to ask questions, no matter where it's being sold! You can ask questions about how long they have had it, why they are selling it, where they bought it and even if they can send more pictures. Also, a good red flag to look out for is blurred pictures of details. Sorry, but we all have access to a pretty good iPhone these days, so there's no excuse for bad and overly blurry images! Perhaps they are trying to hide something! similarly, if they don't want to give extra images, this could be another red flag they are being a little shady! 

Chanel Online Retailers Who Sell AUTHENTIC Chanel

Vestiaire Collective
therealreal.com
Farfetch
eBay – Authenticity Guarenteed 
Get 20% off at therealreal.com with the code ‘REAL’

Chanel branding / Identity plate

Of ocuese, we mentioned above that each Chanel name logo or interlocking C logo should be perfectly represented to the official logo. For instance, the interlocking C’s should have the exact space between the two letters and the C’s should finish at the perfect height. These are very important things to look for. But aside from this, there should be an identity plate on the back which should be marked ‘Chanel’, ‘made in france/ paris / italy’ and some serial numbers which represent the year made and the collection it was part of. 

The serial numbers are not unique to that piece – unlike the bags which each have their own unique serial number. Have a good study of this plate, whilst they have changed over the years, the brand name should be well printed and spaced and the stamp should be clean and clear looking. Over the decades there have been changes to this stamp, so it’s hard to give exact markings to look for, but mainly I would say to study the ‘Chanel’ stamp to make sure it looks clear and neat, look for the ‘C’ in a circle and look for the country of origin. Also, generally make sure the stamp is a perfect oval and clearly stamped. Also, the vintage chanel pieces might have less of a precise stamp than the newer pieces. 

Every piece of chanel jewellery will have this oval shaped logo stamped into it, from tiny rings to brooches and even the hair clips. As for the necklaces, they will generally have it hanging off near the clasp. 

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Where is/ was it purchased?

Finally, be careful where you buy your Chanel jewellery. Of course, the safest place to buy authentic Chanel jewellery is in the stores. However, outside of this you are shopping on the preloved market and it’s important to be vigilant on where you shop. One of my favourite places to shop for Chanel is Bonham’s as they have amazing Designer bag and jewellery sales and I would say they are one of the best places to shop. I feel 100% confident that each piece is authentic and I know if I ever resell a piece, that their receipt is good proof of the items authenticity for the buyer too. Because it’s an auction, you can get a bargain if you choose the less obvious pieces and you can get really lucky on the day. Some of my best Chanel bargains have been bought at auction! 

I would advise anyone new to Chanel to avoid shopping on Gumtree, Facebook marketplace, etsy and similar places. However, eBay have recently launched their ‘Guaranteed Authentic’ section of the website, which is a good place to shop. Aside from that, Vestiaire Collective and therealreal.com are good too. 

Get 20% off at therealreal.com with the code ‘REAL’

If you are lucky enough to find a piece of Chanel at a charity shop, then I would recommend buying it if it is cheap and worry about authenticating it later – you don’t want to try and authenticate it on the spot and not buy it, only to regret it forever. And if you have found something potentially special on Gumtree or Facebook marketplace, ask yourself why they are selling it on there rather than somewhere more ‘legit’. 

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter where it’s being sold! You can ask questions about how long they have had it, why they are selling it, where they bought it and even if they can send more pictures. Also, a good red flag to look out for is blurred pictures of details. Sorry, but we all have access to a pretty good iPhone these days, so there’s no excuse for bad and overly blurry images! Perhaps they are trying to hide something! similarly, if they don’t want to give extra images, this could be another red flag they are being a little shady! 

Please see this post on where to buy chanel online! 

Chanel Online Retailers Who Sell AUTHENTIC Chanel

Get 20% off at therealreal.com with the code ‘REAL’

Ta da! And there we have it! FIVE ways to authenticate Chanel jewellery I hope this post is of help and interest to you! Let me know if you have any questions! Also, this post contains affiliate links. 

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