Don't Get Fooled By the Phony Hardware
Spotting Fake Handbags by The Hardware
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Hardware: Hardware on authentic designer handbags should be high quality. The metals used should not tarnish. (Most) should not look overly shiny.
Matte vs. shiny finish: An overly shiny gold or silver hardware is often a sign of a fake handbag. That is not to say that authentic designer handbags will never have shiny hardware, many will. But spotting shiny finish on what is supposed to be a matte finish is smoking gun evidence for identifying a counterfeit.
Juicy Couture hardware finish
F-G: You may remember these images from the leather filter. However, they also reveal detail useful to the hardware filter. Comparing the hardware in image G, you can see that one of the gold rings is shiny, and the other has more of a matte finish. And this is further illustrated in the sketch pics (F). The authentic matte finish in the sketch pic illustrates the erratic light and dark areas. Evidence of the uneven and worn tones associated with a matte finish. Rather, the fake with its limited light and dark areas lacks contrast. This represents a uniform glossy shine in direct contrast to the authentic matte finish.
Tarnish: For high quality handbags such as Hermes, signs of tarnish can be subtle or obvious depending on the severity of the problem. On gold colored hardware, what you would look for is signs that the gold finish is wearing off, and this would be identified by a silver color, or shiny almost white color starting to show in places. Places that begin to tarnish first are corners and edges of the metal hardware.
Weight: Authentic hardware, due to the higher quality metals used should generally weigh more than the hardware fastened to fake handbags. If the handbag in question has a large metal lock, or logo plate, this can be tested simply by lifting up the hardware and feeling the resistance. The difference between the lighter, cheaper metals used on many fake handbags will contrast nicely when tested against the weight of a higher quality piece of hardware.
Fake Valentino snap
Brand stamps/zipper logos: [This will be addressed in brand specifics]
* T = Tarnish
* H = Hardware on bag in question
* Å = Hardware weight of the authentic bag
* X = bag in filter
* W = bag in filter's hardware weight
* C = Unknown factory code
* 1 = true
* 0 = false