Monday, September 16, 2013

{accessory du jour: the chanel brooch}


Hi everyone! Well NY fashion week went in a flash, but I'll be following all the happenings in London, Paris & Milan over the next weeks, will you?

Over the last year, I've been contemplating purchasing a beautiful Chanel brooch, it's an accessory that truly elevates any outfit. I present to you, the evidence:

 
 
 
 
 
 
Miroslava Duma; Atlantic Pacific
 
 
 
Seriously chic. I'd love to bite the bullet and purchase one of these divine brooches, but brand new they are a wee bit out of my price range. I'm scouring eBay constantly but I feel like I need to be a bit better educated to avoid buying a counterfeit. 
 
Left counterfeit; right authentic via Extra Petite
 
This site has a few very helpful tips on spotting the real deal, and if you follow the link to the Purse Forum you can even have experts help you authenticate a brooch {and purses for that matter}!
 
One major flag is if the seller has sold the same brooch not once, not twice...but over twenty times; Chanel products are usually made in limited quantities so this is near impossible. Experts say the back should contain a little oval stamp or embossed mark that says "Chanel" and possibly where it's made. As well, the clasp should never be a distinctly separate piece added onto the brooch backing.
 
 
I'm still on the hunt, I will definitely update you if I make a purchase! Do you own any high end costume jewelry? Do you have any tips on spotting an authentic pre-owned piece?
 

6 comments:

Sarah @ 702 Park Project said...

Thanks for the tips on knowing which are real and which are fake. I've been in the market for one of these brooches for a long time, but can never seem to find a REAL one at a price I'm willing to pay. Let us know if you have any luck!!

Sharon@house58blog.com said...

I love the one on the camo jacket! Such a great way to dress up a casual look. So fun! Thanks for sharing!

therelishedroost said...

My daughter loves anything COCO so this is right up her alley!!
Great!

Monica said...

Wonderful photos and great tip...thank you!

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Well it is a classic...... will I see you at IDS this year?

{Kecia} CoutureZoo said...

I hit the jackpot on this one!... I bought a jumbo Chanel logo brooch at a flea market for $1. I had my suspicions that it was the real deal. The vendor obviously thought it was a fake. Had it authenticated and it's legit! Totally treasure that piece!

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