When you're shopping for sterling silver jewellery, it's important to be aware of the signs of a fake piece.
Here are a few tips to help you spot a fake: Look for mismatched fonts and symbols on the jewellery.
1. Check the quality of the workmanship. Fakes are often poorly made and have rough edges. Also notice the finish if the item has a nice sheen that is bright and not tarnished.
2. Smell, cheaper items have a tinny smell that differs from silver, which has no smell at all.
3. Inspect the back of the piece. If the back is unfinished, it's likely a fake.
4. Be wary of jewellery that's very cheap. Sterling silver is a precious metal, so it shouldn't be too inexpensive.
5. Ask to see a certificate of authenticity from the seller. This will guarantee that the jewellery is genuine.
6. Have the piece tested by a professional. A qualified jeweller or appraiser can tell you for sure whether the jewellery is real sterling silver.
If you're ever in doubt, it's always best to err on the side of caution and avoid purchasing the piece of jewellery.
There's no point in taking the risk of buying a fake when there are so many beautiful and genuine pieces of sterling silver jewellery available.