Buyers Beware! Fake David Yurman Jewelry is Being Sold on eBay
I learned about Fake David Yurman jewelry on eBay when I was searching for a necklace to go with the David Yurman ring and bracelet my husband bought me. The ring is an 11mm Prasiolite Albion ring that I got as a birthday gift, and the matching bracelet was a gift to celebrate our anniversary. I usually reserve these pieces to be worn for special occasions. When I wanted to add to this “collection,” I researched eBay as a potential place to purchase a necklace. What I found in doing my research, were plenty of unscrupulous sellers on eBay that are passing off fake David Yurman jewelry as the real thing to unsuspecting buyers. Fortunately, not all sellers of designer jewelry on eBay are shady.
How to Tell Fake David Yurman Jewelry on eBay
I read through comments on forums from people who have purchased fake David Yurman jewelry on eBay and there are some things you can look for if you are considering purchasing D.Y. jewelry on eBay.
This information is not to discourage you from buying David Yurman jewelry on eBay, it’s simply to inform you about the fakes that are being sold on eBay. I am offering information that I learned so you can make a wise decision and not get scammed. Even the fakes can be very expensive, and you don’t want to throw your money away on a copy of the real deal!
Know What to Look For:
- Know what you want to buy first. Go to a reputable jewelry store in person or online and know the real price of the item you wish to purchase. If you find the same item on eBay for hundreds of dollars less, chances are it’s a fake.
- Watch out for fuzzy, unclear pictures or photos taken from far away. If the photo is not clear, ask the seller to send a clear picture. If they make up some excuse that their camera hasn’t been working right, or they tell you they can’t get a picture for some reason, move on.
- A photo that looks like a stock photo perhaps from the David Yurman website itself.
- A seller with multiple listings for the same item for sale.
- Poor feedback or very little feedback.
- No response when you try to email them.
- Poor customer service if they include a phone number and you are able to contact them.
- The seller doesn’t include any contact information at all.
- The seller doesn’t offer a money-back guarantee.
- If a photo is a close-up of the item, look at the diamonds. If they are cloudy and lack radiance, this is most likely a fake.
- Larger than normal shanks on the ring–larger than what is on an authentic David Yurman ring.
How to Find AUTHENTIC David Yurman Jewelry on eBay
Finding AUTHENTIC David Yurman jewelry on eBay is not as hard as you may think. I have my own methods of finding real designer jewelry on eBay that I will share with you. However, if you would like to do your own research, this is how I go about doing it.
Conduct a Search
Search for, “Authentic David Yurman [insert jewelry type, i.e., “ring”]. Go to “Sort by” and choose “highest price first.” I know you are searching eBay for D.Y. jewelry in order to get a good deal, however, the authentic pieces are still going to be on the higher side in terms of price.
Scan the Results Page
Now scan the page(s) for the item you are interested in that also has a “top-rated plus” emblem next to it. Click on this item. You’ll be taken to the item description page. This is where you double check the feedback rating which should be really good because the seller is noted as a “top-rated plus” seller. In addition, you can do an Advanced search and Find Stores with the keywords, Authentic David Yurman [insert jewelry type, i.e., “ring”].Then read the descriptions under the store names to see if you can find jewelers, or what appear to be reputable sellers. Click through to their stores and item listings and then follow these same tips.
Next, look to see if they have a “ME” symbol near their seller ID that when clicked, gives information about the seller. If they don’t have this, then look to see if they have a store. If they do, they may include information about themselves here. Look on the item description page to see if they offer returns or exchanges. If they have a no-return or exchange policy, skip it! Also, if they don’t have a “ME” symbol, and they don’t have a store, I would personally skip this seller.
Look for detailed information on the seller within their About “ME” page, and/or store. If they are a jeweler, they will absolutely tell you and their items are most likely authentic. I especially like family businesses with a physical store. They sometimes have pictures of the family and the store. If they are not a jeweler, they may be a collector of D.Y. jewelry. Their pictures will be of individual pieces that they are selling off. This is also a good sign that this seller is offering authentic David Yurman jewelry and not fakes.
Review Seller’s Feedback
Look at feedback and read what others have to say. Look to see that people specifically mention the David Yurman jewelry they bought. Good feedback could be about anything that was purchased, so make sure you read about specific D.Y. items purchased.
Email the Seller
Email the seller and ask about their return or exchange policy if it is not stated or is not clear. Take note on how long it takes the seller to answer your question, and the tone of the return email. If they do include a phone number, call them and ask them about the piece that interests you. Tell them about your concerns of fake jewelry being sold on eBay and ask about their guarantees.
Lastly, if you follow all these tips and feel confident that you are purchasing from a reputable seller with a return and/or exchange policy, then go ahead and make your purchase. Many honest eBay sellers exist. You just have to do your homework and you should come out a winner!