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How to distinguish original from fake Pandora jewelry


This arti­cle will help begin­ners, but expe­ri­enced Pan­do­ra fans will also find use­ful tips here. Often, burn­ing with the desire to buy a Pan­do­ra bracelet, we think about what are the signs of the orig­i­nal­i­ty of Pan­do­ra / Pan­do­ra charms and bracelets? What does a real pan­do­ra look like? Read the first arti­cle on how you can dis­tin­guish the orig­i­nal or a copy of your Pan­do­ra read here. In today’s arti­cle, I will touch on some­thing that was not dis­cussed in the pre­vi­ous one, and I hope it will help you.

As dis­cussed ear­li­er, main fea­tures of orig­i­nal­i­ty Pan­do­ra are:

- the pres­ence of a crown over the let­ter “O” on the locks of some mod­els of bracelets; — fac­to­ry stamps / hall­marks “s925 ale” for sil­ver, bicol­or charms and Pan­do­ra Shine prod­ucts, “g585” for gold and “ale r” (and from 2018 “ale met”) for charms and bracelets made of pink gold — Pan­do­ra Rose; — clover or “foot” in the mid­dle of the lock of the bracelet / clip (depend­ing on the mod­el).

Now let’s dis­cuss them in more detail, as well as what’s new in recent years.


It looks like this:


Pan­do­ra con­nois­seurs say that it should be, but to be hon­est, I saw pan­do­ra bracelets and clips with­out clover inside, and the mount is in 2 halves, though it was a long time ago, about 2 years ago. In recent years, there was only clover.

True, now Pan­do­ra is chang­ing it too — look at the pho­to, how they began to make bracelets and clips, although this applies to new mod­els, for exam­ple, a bracelet with a pavé / pave lock.


But to say that Pan­do­ra com­plete­ly switched to such a clover is impos­si­ble — I saw both species on sale.


I’ll imme­di­ate­ly answer a com­mon ques­tion about mark­ing bicol­or charms (sil­ver and gold charms) — what kind of brand should be there? The answer is that bicol­or pan­do­ra charms are stamped with sil­ver, as they are con­sid­ered sil­ver inter­spersed with gold, noth­ing is put on the gold parts.


In the pro­duc­tion of its jew­el­ry, Pan­do­ra uses the fol­low­ing met­als: sil­ver, gold, rose gold and var­i­ous vari­a­tions of these met­als (sil­ver with gold, sil­ver with rose gold). Charms and bracelets are not made from ordi­nary met­al or stain­less steel (what a night­mare!), the com­pa­ny does not use sput­ter­ing tech­nol­o­gy (I often see that they write about Pan­do­ra’s gild­ing). There’s no such thing. Those ele­ments of charms or bracelets that are gold — they are real­ly com­plete­ly gold, not a coat­ing. In the pro­duc­tion of Pan­do­ra charms, bracelets, rings, ear­rings and pen­dants, many stones are used, from inex­pen­sive, like zir­co­ni­um, to elite, like a dia­mond. Read more about them here.

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If you still have doubts about the mate­r­i­al of your Pan­do­ra bracelet (charm, ring, ear­rings — it doesn’t mat­ter), take it to a jew­el­er for a check — he will quick­ly deter­mine what it is made of.

At home, you can also con­duct one test for orig­i­nal­i­ty. If you bought a prod­uct from your hands, then first check if it is made of ordi­nary met­al — attach a mag­net, because we know that sil­ver is not mag­net­ic, and met­al is very yes.

Sil­ver is a heavy met­al, so the weight of the prod­uct also says a lot. Charms and bracelets are “full”, not puffy. The excep­tion is the ban­gle bracelet. If you have a light and hol­low bracelet in front of you, then this is a fake (fake, repli­ca) of Pan­do­ra, and inex­pen­sive.

Now let’s dis­cuss those things that may seem sus­pi­cious and ana­lyze whether they are fakes or not.

Late­ly I’ve been hear­ing com­plaints about Pan­do­ra jew­el­ry turned yel­low (charms and bracelets). More­over, those peo­ple who wrote about this pur­chased prod­ucts in offi­cial stores, they had checks, tags, sam­ples, stamps of the PPU (Assay Office of Ukraine) were on the prod­ucts. That is, there can be no doubts about orig­i­nal­i­ty. (well, I don’t real­ly believe that a fake can slip in a store, although I often find such “ver­sions” in var­i­ous forums).

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After con­sult­ing with an expe­ri­enced jew­el­er, I can say that this often hap­pens with sil­ver, but it is impos­si­ble to name any spe­cif­ic rea­son. This can be a num­ber of rea­sons, such as a reac­tion to your skin (remem­ber that we are all unique), build­ing and fin­ish­ing mate­ri­als in your home, con­tact of prod­ucts with bromine or iodine, a reac­tion to human per­spi­ra­tion. You can get rid of this by clean­ing the prod­uct your­self or in the work­shop. Remem­ber that these process­es are nat­ur­al, it’s just that for some­one the sil­ver dark­ens, for some­one it turns yel­low, and for some­one it remains unchanged.

At the stage of their pro­duc­tion, pan­do­ra charms go through a black­en­ing stage (read more about this here). This is also a sign of orig­i­nal­i­ty. If you are offered a pure, sil­ver charm, you should know that this is not the orig­i­nal. The excep­tions are so small that such charms can be count­ed on the fin­gers.


Look, I took the risk of clean­ing the charm in a spe­cial sil­ver clean­er and it com­plete­ly removed all the black­en­ing and deprived the charm of its detail and authen­tic­i­ty.


Now let’s move on to the charms from Mura­no glass. You need to be very care­ful when buy­ing, so as not to take a fake. First of all, I advise you to look at the charm in the light, so that there are no chips and cracks any­where (and inter­nal ones too). Mura­no on one side has the inscrip­tion “pan­do­ra” — there is no crown above the let­ter O (it does not phys­i­cal­ly fit there). I often get com­plaints about shade dif­fer­ence iden­ti­cal beads. I must say right away that this is not a sign of a fake. The shade of the stone may vary slight­ly, in my opin­ion this is due to dif­fer­ent batch­es of pro­duc­tion. Pay atten­tion to this when vis­it­ing the Pan­do­ra store, com­pare the same Muran­ka your­self. The size of the same Mura­no may also dif­fer for the same rea­son. and if you want to buy two absolute­ly iden­ti­cal mura­nos, it is bet­ter to do it direct­ly in the store. Although I can say that these small dif­fer­ences on the bracelet are not notice­able dur­ing wear. But some­times you want the ide­al)). The pho­to is a copy / fake Mura­no, pay atten­tion to the air bub­bles between the sil­ver base and the glass. And on the dirt — I have not seen this in orig­i­nal prod­ucts.


The orig­i­nal Pan­do­ra under­goes strict qual­i­ty con­trol of prod­ucts, copies of this clear­ly do not. There­fore, be atten­tive to such minor flaws, they should “sig­nal” you.
Charms with Swarovs­ki stones. I will not describe them for a long time, because they do not exist. Every­thing that is offered on behalf of the orig­i­nal Pan­do­ra with Swarovs­ki stones is a fake. Per­haps in the future they will coop­er­ate, but not at this time.

Mar­riage in Pan­do­ra prod­ucts does it hap­pen and what to do. I will describe the cas­es that I per­son­al­ly encoun­tered. Of course, like any com­pa­ny, no mat­ter how large it is and no mat­ter how it mon­i­tors qual­i­ty, it faces mar­riage. Some­where some­thing was missed in pro­duc­tion, some­where the check­ing struc­tures were over­looked. A good com­pa­ny is dis­tin­guished by how it takes respon­si­bil­i­ty for the mar­riage, and what it can offer the client to make him hap­py.

If you bought a prod­uct in the offi­cial Pan­do­ra store (no mat­ter in which coun­try), and even­tu­al­ly saw a man­u­fac­tur­ing defect, then feel free to take the prod­uct back to the store, they will send it for exam­i­na­tion and accord­ing to the results (if it is a man­u­fac­tur­ing defect that is detect­ed, and not yours wine), you will be offered to exchange the prod­uct for the same or return the mon­ey.

What types of mar­riage have I met

Mar­riage of the inter­nal thread of the charms. There were cas­es when the inter­nal thread was too wide and slipped through the twists of the bracelet, like an open­work. It also hap­pened that the charm came with a very small hole and bare­ly screwed on the thread, but over time it devel­oped. There was also a case when charms with­out stones (lit­er­al­ly 1 stone was miss­ing, but this applies to prod­ucts with many small stones, when the absence of one is not too strik­ing). This is eas­i­ly restored in the work­shop, so if you have a peb­ble, don’t wor­ry — it’s fix­able.

On the Inter­net, I meet com­plaints about a bracelet with a pave lock — some­times stones fly out of it. Again, I repeat that this may be a prod­uct defect, or it may be care­less han­dling (a blow with a hand or a bracelet falls to the floor).

There are, of course, mar­riages on a larg­er scale. For exam­ple, it was announced about the release of Mura­no Night Sky, but it nev­er came out on time — a defec­tive prod­uct was noticed (they crum­bled), so the batch was sent for revi­sion and released for sale when this prob­lem was solved.

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I will also give a more recent exam­ple — a bracelet from the spring col­lec­tion of 2016.

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Part of the bracelets went on sale with a mar­riage — not all carved charms can be put on it. Of course, the man­age­ment of Pan­do­ra imme­di­ate­ly with­drew these bracelets from the stores and exchanged them for those who man­aged to buy them, but still I advise you to buy this par­tic­u­lar mod­el in a store with try­ing on charms (just in case).

In con­clu­sion, what dis­tin­guish­es a good com­pa­ny is how it takes respon­si­bil­i­ty for the mar­riage, and what it can offer the client to make him hap­py, I think that Pan­do­ra han­dles this well and always tries to meet the clien­t’s needs so that we are sat­is­fied , and pur­chas­es brought only joy and then our hap­py moments will become tru­ly unfor­get­table.

If you have ques­tions or have some­thing to add — write, we will dis­cuss.


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