But the conflicting stories about the origin of these earrings and the lack of response when the House of Chanel is questioned regarding these pieces paints quite a gray area for collectors and logo enthusiasts who just want to own the real deal.
Because these pieces do not have the beautiful quality of other Chanel jewelry and use some inferior components found in pieces deemed to be fake, these get lumped in with all the inauthentic pieces in terms of what is collectible.
Some of them are more obvious fakes (see illustrations below), and others are copies that look pretty close to the originals.
People buy them from street vendors or flea markets, or perhaps order online, knowing they’re fake.
6) Low Price – Be very wary of anyone offering “authentic” or “genuine” Chanel at a low price.
Most reputable vendors who know what they’re selling will try to get a decent sum for their wares.
Most all Chanel marks on genuine pieces will be clearly readable under magnification.
Example 2a Front – These earrings show plating wear from the front, which isn’t usually evident on thickly plated authentic Chanel pieces.
They will have a thickness and weight to them that many counterfeits do not possess.The plating is worn as well, and Chanel used such thick gold plating that it rarely wears off in this manner.The absence of a signature cartouche on both earrings is also an indicator that they are not genuine Chanel.2) Lack of Marks – Many Chanel fake earrings have a CC logo somewhere in the design visible from the front, but they do not have a mark present anywhere else.Applied signature plates can fall off of Chanel pieces, especially on pieces made during the 2000s.What it really boils down to is that someone buying Chanel earrings, and investing a good sum to get them, wants a pair that was crafted for the fashion house in France (or in Italy in the early 2000s) and sold in one of their boutiques, not cheap knockoffs of any origin.