Can You Spot Real and Fake Items?
When trying to identify the quality of an item, we usually try to look at it closely, touch it, and try it out.
Bright Side wonders if it is possible to spot a fake only by the way it looks. Are you ready to check it out?
Let’s start with an easy one. Can you identify real wood and plastic?
Can you distinguish natural silk from synthetics?
Which of these pearls is real? Which is a fake?
Can you distinguish an English porcelain dish from ordinary ceramic?
How does real leather look?
Which of these pictures depicts MAC matte lipstick? Which shows a fake?
How about nail polish? Which of them is expensive, and which is cheap?
Can you distinguish silver from an iron trinket?
Which picture depicts real wool?
And, finally, which ring has real diamonds in it?
Here is how you can spot a fake:
- Wood. Sometimes fakes are made so well that it becomes impossible to spot real wood. The color and texture of real wood should be deeper. Another thing you can do is knock on the surface — the sound should be dull.
- Silk. The threads of a real silk product are of different thicknesses as they are of natural origin. Also, real silk does not get crumpled and does not electrify.
- Pearl. A natural stone does not have a perfectly flat surface; it is porous. Moreover, this pearl has an obvious pearly reflection. If you bring real pearls to the light, they will have a slightly blue glow unlike synthetics, which have a greenish color.
- Porcelain. Look at the picture on the right. Unlike porcelain, ceramics have a clear glaze reflection. The best way is to bring an item to the light. Porcelain is a little bit transparent and even shines gently; ceramics do not. Another secret is that porcelain always clinks, even with a slight tapping.
- Leather. Imitation leather (or eco-leather) has a darker color that tarnishes after some time, and its texture has a more “elongated” shape. Another way to spot real leather is to bend it. When flexing, real leather items get “wrinkles”; when unflexing, the surface returns to its initial state quickly.
- Lipstick. As a rule, matte lipsticks from expensive brands are matte from the first moments of being on the lips. Fakes get some shine after applying.
- Nail polish. High-quality nail polish always has a flat lay. It’s easy to determine how flat the lay is by the glitter it gives. If it doesn’t have any chips, it means the surface is flat.
- Silver. Real silver products have clear, polished borders and an even color. Simple metal will have chips, coalesced details, and spots. Remember that silver doesn’t get attracted to magnets, unlike iron. If you slide silver over a piece of chalk, there will be a black stripe left. And the most important thing is that there is always a hallmark on silver items.
- Wool. Woolen fibers appear to have unequal thickness. Synthetics, in turn, have even threads and an integral structure. But the main difference of natural wool is that it does not create static electricity and does not produce an unpleasant sound, unlike synthetics.
- Diamond. Due to the refraction of light, the real diamond always shines brightly and has only shades of gray. Shining with all the colors of the rainbow is a sign of a fake. And, just like any other jewelry, a diamond product always has a hallmark.
Will you follow these recommendations? Are you aware of any other methods of spotting a fake? Please share them in the comments!