Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry is one of the most sought after luxury jewelry brands in the market and even on the resale market, they command thousands of dollars,
After spending time looking and learning a little bit about this luxury brand, I have to be honest as to how light and simple thee look in person. The clasp is what really threw me for a loop, it’s such a simple and generic clasp and when we’re talking $14K on the resale market, I would expect something a bit stronger to hold the necklace together.
True Facet – Short and sweet Van Cleef & Arpel authentication guide
The Purse Forum – Pages of info and photos on how to authenticate Van Cleef & Arpel jewelry
The below guide is a bit older but quite extensive and originally posted on Truefacet.com
Van Cleef & Arpels is an iconic and beloved luxury jewelry brand. But its popularity means the Maison’s designs are frequently (and usually poorly) copied and peddled as the real thing. Stay sharp with our top five red flags that may mean those Van Cleef & Arpels jewels are fake.
Genuine Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry always includes a signature stamp. The stamp’s placement differs from piece to piece: rings’ stamps are pressed on the inside shank; earrings are marked on one or both of the ear clips; and for pieces from the Alhambra’s collection, the stamp appears on the gold edge of the quatrefoil (or clover station) closest to the clasp.
The stamp should read “Van Cleef & Arpels” or “VCA.” If your piece reads merely “Van Cleef,” it’s most likely a fake.
Van Cleef & Arpels uses only 18K gold. Therefore, like the signature, each piece is marked with the number “750” to indicate the metal is 75% pure.
3. Serial number
Like the signature stamp, each Van Cleef & Arpels piece has a unique serial number. The serial number should appear near the signature and hallmark stamp. If your piece has a serial number, you can call the manufacturer to cross-reference the stamped serial number and their records to ensure they match.
Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry is painstakingly produced by hand by expert craftsman, using only the best and highest-quality materials. That said, if your piece looks faded or lackluster, you should immediately be suspicious that it is a fake. Also any seemingly loose stones set in the quatrefoil Alhambra motif are another big red flag.
If you’re eyeing a Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace and the price just seems to be too good to be true, it probably is. Van Cleef & Arpels pride themselves on the incredible amount of manpower dedicated to the flawless production of every single piece and this perfection comes with a steep price tag. So if a piece is ticketed at a comparatively inexpensive figure or is an outlier when you price compare, do not be fooled: there’s a good chance that’s a fake.
Unprecedented!!!! Actually the consignment model makes sense for @rebag and this will definitely take a bite out of The RealReals and Fashionphiles market share. 🔗 in bio to their press release
Starting with @shoplindasstuff eBay launches consignment for luxury handbags.
As one of the earliest sellers of luxury goods on @ebay @lindalightman has built a wildly successful consignment business that will be the first to offer consignment for luxury handbags on their platform.
Like “trading assistants” years ago, you can use one of the approved sellers to consign your luxury items and have them sell it in Ebay for you. ~ With the eBay Authenticate program in full force, this is eBay’s way of competing with the likes of @therealreal and @thredup ~ 🔗 to the @bof article in my bio ~ #ebay #handbags #luxury #consignment
The end of Nancy Gonzales and no, her bags have not gone up in value.
“Between 2016 and 2019, Gonzalez used mules to smuggle over 200 python- and caiman-skin purses and handbags into the US without a permit, in violation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the indictment alleges.”
Like are you that hard up and cannot find a way to right your ship that you have now resorted to placing banner ads on every single listing on your site?
I’m over the greed from companies like this, that won’t spend the time or money to do what’s right to create a solid, honest business but will resort to whatever tactics they can to keep their investors happy while throwing their customers under the bus.
@therealreal success leaves clues, maybe check out @fashionphile for inspiration.
Several people are claiming that the bags that they purchased from Cosette are indeed fake and we’ve heard for years that this was a huge issue for them.
My advice, if you have purchased anything from this Australian resale company, get your items authenticated asap! You can use @the.fashiondetective @zeko_authentication @opnlxry or anyone else you choose but I would do it sooner than later.
The Fifth Collection is one of the best luxury resale companies in the market and I have such respect for their decision to take a sabbatical from their business. It’s not about the love for this industry or the passion behind the business. Sometimes, you need to put YOU first.
This industry can be tough and with the last four years being unprecedented for everyone, at the end of the day you need to do what’s right for you and the people closest to you.
If it means stepping back and regrouping, that can be one of the best business decisions you can make because if you’re not 100%, nothing else will be.
While we all love our luxury, don’t forget to take time out for you.
Make sure you follow @thefifthcollection because while this is just a pause, I’m super excited to see how they re-emerge from their break. And don’t forget to shop, shop, shop!!!
To @ouna24 you are sheer class and I’m wishing you and yours nothing but blue skies! ❤️
This is widely used for obtaining microscopic images of all those little details of a bag when trying to authenticate and it’s only $32.99 on Amazon! 🔗in bio to purchase and before you ask, I make zero dollars when sharing!