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A beginner’s guide to Cartier Jewelry

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A beginner’s guide to Cartier Jewelry

July 5, 2018

A beginner’s guide to Cartier Jewelry	Since 1847, Cartier has been a brand synonymous with luxury thanks to its much-sought-after collection of fine watches and elegant jewelry. Its longevity as a brand and its powerful name are down to the charisma and vision of its founder, Louis-Francois Cartier. Louis-Francois’ meticulous attention to detail, fascination with timepieces and appreciation of precious stones and art has made Cartier one of the most recognised names in luxury fashion – one admired by wealthy individuals, celebrities and royals the world over. And it’s this reputation that has earned the brand the coveted title of ‘Jeweller of Kings and the King of Jewellers’.

But, as with any much-desired brand, Cartier doesn’t come without its imitators, so we’ve put together a guide to help those who are looking to acquire one of Cartier’s elegant and timeless designs, ensuring you know everything you need to know about spotting a fake and guaranteeing you’re purchasing a piece that’s 100% genuine.

What to look for

Firstly, there are a number of examinations we can undertake as buyers to ensure the Cartier product we’re purchasing is worthy of the luxury name it carries and is a genuine creation of the French visionary. A genuine piece of Cartier jewellery will carry all the hallmarks – including a serial number, the Cartier signature and a metal mark. On genuine Cartier jewellery, all hallmarks are perfectly embossed – not bleeding, bearing scratches or misaligned. If any hallmark is unclear, misspelt or difficult to read, then you’re probably looking at an imitation.

As a brand that boasts the Royal seal of approval following King Edward VII’s issue of a royal warrant, each and every piece of Cartier jewelry is – as you would expect – created using only the finest materials. So, when you’re inspecting your jewelry for Cartier authenticity, examining the weight and feel of the materials is of paramount importance. Fine metals are not light, so your jewelry should feel heavy and expensive to the touch – there should be nothing flimsy about a genuine Cartier jewelry.

You should consider the price of your jewelry, too. If the price of your piece is too good to be true, there’s a strong chance that it is – and you’re holding a cheaper imitation to the luxury brand you deserve.

The importance of provenance documentation

If you’re serious about purchasing a Cartier, you should seek the provenance documentation, too. Provenance is the history of ownership and transmission of an object – just like the Cartier you desire. Whether the piece of Cartier jewellery has changed hands privately, through an auction or a dealer, every previous owner should be listed – and note, huge gaps in the piece’s history could suggest that it’s not authentic. After all, if the piece dates back to 1907, for example, but only shows ownership for the past 30 years, then flags should be raised about its authenticity. A provenance documentation can be anything from a receipt or invoice to a bill of sale or appraisal form.

Of course, one way you can 100% percent guarantee the piece of Cartier jewelry you’re buying is completely genuine, is by seeking the advice of a professional dealer. A reputable dealer or broker will know exactly what they’re looking for and will only ever source genuine pieces from a luxury brand. Be sure to research their reputation first.

For expert advice and peace of mind when you make your next Cartier purchase, speak to the professional team at Beverly Hills Pawnbroking & Lending.

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