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Dec 18, 2012, 7:53am   #6466
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Originally Posted by AndieAbroad
Hi sadie, I was hoping to get your opinion about an eBay seller here in the UK. Their store link is http://stores.ebay.co.uk/diamondsareforeverltd

Basically, they are selling loads of Tiffany items 'with paperwork', but at discounted prices and as-new (without tags). The photos look okay to me, but the whole story makes me feel really uneasy.

They do sometimes have some older pieces that aren't in store anymore, so I'd like to know if they're generally reliable to keep my eye on for good deals, or whether the deal is as fishy as it sounds! Thank you so much for any advice you can give.
Its hard to say where they may have acquired all of the Tiifany they have for sale. They could be a reseller. They may buy from online classified ads, local estates or bid on low ending auctions (resellers always do this under a different user id, almost always a private id- some Tiffany resellers on the US eBay site have 4 to 6 different private user names. This way the items they buy and the price they paid are not searchable, not easily at least- for potential buyers to see.) The seller you are asking about fit’s the profile for a reseller- they use fixed prices (they have to do this since they must recoup at minimum what they originally paid, fee’s and then profit), and they seem to list many items and have a great reputation.

I haven’t looked through all of their listings but the ones I have seen have been authentic. They seem like a reputable place to buy from. I am not sure what they mean by saying ‘with papers‘. The only paper you get with a purchase is your receipt, unless you buy a diamond.
Dec 18, 2012, 12:36pm   #6467
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Hi again,
thank you for your help the other day, would you be able to authenticate these 3 items for me? All have been bought on EBay recently, the dog tag and RTT key ring were for next to nothing so I haven't lost much if they are fake, and the necklace was VERY reasonable too

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...psdc0d67b2.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...psbdfb406f.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4615638b.jpg


http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps19317db4.jpg - there is a tiny hallmark above the 'Y' which I only noticed when zooming in on the photo - I haven't seen this on any of my other pieces?
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...psaaf66f05.jpg


http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7fa8fbb3.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...psdfd06b66.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3fe0c6b3.jpg

Thanks in advance guys, Jo x
Last edited Dec 18, 2012 at 1:06pm. Reason: adding more info...
Dec 18, 2012, 12:50pm   #6468
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Originally Posted by AndieAbroad
Hi sadie, I was hoping to get your opinion about an eBay seller here in the UK. Their store link is http://stores.ebay.co.uk/diamondsareforeverltd

Basically, they are selling loads of Tiffany items 'with paperwork', but at discounted prices and as-new (without tags). The photos look okay to me, but the whole story makes me feel really uneasy.

They do sometimes have some older pieces that aren't in store anymore, so I'd like to know if they're generally reliable to keep my eye on for good deals, or whether the deal is as fishy as it sounds! Thank you so much for any advice you can give.
Hi there, just as an aside, looking at their completed listings they have sold one item (an 'I love you' small tag necklace) for more than the price on the Tiffany UK website!! This confuses me a lot lol Jo x
Dec 18, 2012, 1:06pm   #6469
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Originally Posted by xxsparklexx
Hi there, just as an aside, looking at their completed listings they have sold one item (an 'I love you' small tag necklace) for more than the price on the Tiffany UK website!! This confuses me a lot lol Jo x
Yeah, I don't know why people would do that! Maybe because it's easier to get things shipped from a UK seller on eBay, to another European country that Tiffany.co.uk might not ship to, and the local store doesn't stock? Yikes.

I have seen that generally, the prices they list for items still in stock at Tiffany are just about (or barely below) retail...not worth it! Items that aren't in stock anymore on Tiffany, for instance the 20mm bean, or the beans with the signature on the back, are still a decent deal. Lower than corresponding retail, and available polished and apparently authentic!
Dec 18, 2012, 2:26pm   #6470
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Originally Posted by xxsparklexx
Hi again,
thank you for your help the other day, would you be able to authenticate these 3 items for me? All have been bought on EBay recently, the dog tag and RTT key ring were for next to nothing so I haven't lost much if they are fake, and the necklace was VERY reasonable too

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...psdc0d67b2.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...psbdfb406f.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4615638b.jpg


http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps19317db4.jpg - there is a tiny hallmark above the 'Y' which I only noticed when zooming in on the photo - I haven't seen this on any of my other pieces?
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...psaaf66f05.jpg


http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7fa8fbb3.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...psdfd06b66.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3fe0c6b3.jpg

Thanks in advance guys, Jo x
All look authentic to me. I am not sure what the marking means above the 'Y', I can't really make it out clearly but the tag looks authentic nonetheless.
Dec 18, 2012, 2:45pm   #6471
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Originally Posted by sadiesthegirl
All look authentic to me. I am not sure what the marking means above the 'Y', I can't really make it out clearly but the tag looks authentic nonetheless.
Thankyou!! This makes me really happy

I have added another picture where it is clearer, I can now see it says T & C just at the top left of the 'N' of Tiffany, then what could be a lion then 925 and I can't make out the last symbol, I thought it was a scratch at first until I zoomed in and saw it was a hallmark! Jo x

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps50ceb964.jpg
Dec 18, 2012, 3:14pm   #6472
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Originally Posted by xxsparklexx
Thankyou!! This makes me really happy

I have added another picture where it is clearer, I can now see it says T & C just at the top left of the 'N' of Tiffany, then what could be a lion then 925 and I can't make out the last symbol, I thought it was a scratch at first until I zoomed in and saw it was a hallmark! Jo x

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps50ceb964.jpg
This is a british hallmark, a legal requirement for silver over the weight of 7.7 grams. Definitely authentic :)
Dec 18, 2012, 3:40pm   #6473
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Thankyou both for your replies , could either of you take a look at this RTT heart, it has been at the bottom of my jewellery box for a couple of years as I took one look at it and thought it was fake, it came attached to a sterling silver bracelet that was NOT Tiffany and I removed it and just wore the bracelet. So as I have the camera out, thought I may just as well find out...

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7cae8d69.jpg

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1d91cc64.jpg,

Thanks in advance girls, this is the last one tonight I promise Jo x
Dec 18, 2012, 10:10pm   #6474
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i bought this trinity bracelet http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....m=170952693596 and would like to confirm its authentic. after the serial number there is a tiny heart and something under, very hard to photograph, maybe an engraving? i sent a question to the seller, don't really mind and not sure if its from cartier itself? also some mark on the outside of the ring which has serial etc inside, but again i cannot take a good photo. thanks in advance for your time and knowledge!
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Dec 19, 2012, 5:04pm   #6475
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Originally Posted by xxsparklexx
Thankyou both for your replies , could either of you take a look at this RTT heart, it has been at the bottom of my jewellery box for a couple of years as I took one look at it and thought it was fake, it came attached to a sterling silver bracelet that was NOT Tiffany and I removed it and just wore the bracelet. So as I have the camera out, thought I may just as well find out...

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7cae8d69.jpg

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1d91cc64.jpg,

Thanks in advance girls, this is the last one tonight I promise Jo x
Sadly, this does not look authentic to me.
Dec 19, 2012, 6:48pm   #6476
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Originally Posted by sadiesthegirl
Sadly, this does not look authentic to me.
Hi, that's cool, I didn't think it was thanks so much for your help, Jo x
Dec 20, 2012, 7:18am   #6477
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can you please authenticate this ebay cartier love http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/230898350...84.m1436.l2649, there is no certificate, but the seller states its bought from cartier. i cannot see all the marks i normally see on the inside of other love rings. thanks in advance!
Dec 20, 2012, 9:46am   #6478
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Hi again girls ,

just received this bracelet this morning (again from EBay), the heart was not attached (apparantly because the seller had removed it as she had wanted to wear it as a pendant), this isn't a problem for me as I have a Tiffany jump ring I can use to reattach the heart. Do you think both the bracelet and the heart are authentic??

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7c7f61a5.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...psa765de23.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0f89ae84.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps274bdfd0.jpg

Thanks in advance Jo
Dec 20, 2012, 10:46am   #6479
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Originally Posted by xxsparklexx
Hi again girls ,

just received this bracelet this morning (again from EBay), the heart was not attached (apparantly because the seller had removed it as she had wanted to wear it as a pendant), this isn't a problem for me as I have a Tiffany jump ring I can use to reattach the heart. Do you think both the bracelet and the heart are authentic??

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7c7f61a5.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...psa765de23.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0f89ae84.jpg
http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...ps274bdfd0.jpg

Thanks in advance Jo
Both authentic :)
Dec 20, 2012, 11:12am   #6480
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Originally Posted by rhiannon223
Both authentic :)
Thank you!! I am one happy bunny! I have only ever bought one bracelet brand new (from Tiffany in Florida, Mall at Millenia), and it is my pride and joy, it is the small notes tag bracelet (I have never seen the small tag on the UK website, only the larger one), and as I can't afford any other new ones I have had to take my chances with 'pre-loved'. So far I have been very lucky so maybe I will quit while I am ahead!!

Thank you again
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