How to Spot a Fake Pandora Bracelet

Michelle Rossi's custom Pandora bracelet for winning Glamour 2010 Woman of the Year.

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So, your man gave you a Pandora bracelet but you suspect that it may be a fake? Give your bracelet a good once-over. There are several ways to determine whether your lover boy is trying to pull one over on you. All Pandora jewelry comes from the Pandora factory in Thailand. The company is very particular about its stamps and retailer associations. Once you know what to look for, the inconsistencies will stick out like a sore thumb.

1.

Check the charms and the bracelet itself for signature Pandora markings. Genuine Pandora jewelry contains a crown marking or the initials "ALE," along with a numeric marking. The numeric mark for gold is 585 and for silver, 925. If your Pandora doesn't have any of these marks, chances are you've been duped.

2.

Take a good look at the beads on your Pandora bracelet. A real Pandora bead will have its color and design sealed within the glass of the bead. An imposter will have the color and design painted on the outside of the glass.

3.

Go to the Pandora website. Every piece of Pandora jewelry is on the website. If you cannot match the charm or bare bones bracelet to one of the photos on the website, it is highly likely that you have a fake.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Magnifying glass

 

Tips & Tricks

 

The stamps on Pandora jewelry may not be clearly visible to all eyes. If you can't see the stamp clearly, pull out a magnifying glass and take a good, close look.

Rip-off artists get better and better as time goes on, so you always have to be alert. If you have examined the bracelet and just can't come to a decision as to whether it is fake, ask an expert from an authorized Pandora store. Authorized retailers are listed at Pandora.net. If you do not see the store listed on the website, don't trust it.

 

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