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Buying pre-owned Tiffany & Co jewelry; how to spot fake Tiffany jewelry

Established in 1873 in New York City, Tiffany & Young, today known as Tiffany & Co., and Tiffany’s for short, has a long heritage filled with luxurious jewels and milestones. As it happens with most luxury brands, the most sought after pieces are highly imitated and sold online as the real deal. Below we have eight some tips to help you navigate the crowded waters that are the Tiffany & Co. secondhand market.

1. Branding

How to Spot Fake Tiffany & Co. JewelryTiffany & Co. Platinum Diamond Wedding Band $1,220


All Tiffany & Co. jewelry will be branded. Depending on when they were made, they may say “Tiffany & Co.” or just “Tiffany.” Smaller items, like earrings, could just have “T & Co.” Older pieces might even include the date the were made, but Tiffany has discontinued this practice.

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Designer Jewelry: Fall Picks

Fall Designer Jewelry

The new season brings to lots of new designer items, from luxury handbags, to watches, and the most exquisite jewelry. We asked our creative director, Nick Marmol, to share with us today his top five pieces for the Fall season.

1. Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Bracelet $3,790. This classic Van Cleef & Arpels 18k yellow gold Alhambra bracelet has five Alhambra motifs stationed along the delicate chain. Inspired by nature, the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra collection is one of the most iconic jewelry pieces of all time. The four-leaf clover motif symbolizes luck, good fortune and love.

2. Hermès Petit h Black and Blue Bracelet $795. This one-of-a-kind bracelet features black lizard with a contrasting blue calf leather trim. The Petit h project began in 2010, when Hermès started upcycling their unused goods. Instead of throwing away scraps of fabric, leathers, and hardware, the Petit h project allowed these materials (that some would consider “scrap”)  to become beautiful and unique pieces.

3. Hermès Rose Scheherazade Alligator CDC $3,995. This is the ultimate exotic Collier de Chien by Hermès. The vibrancy of the Rose Scheherazade alligator is simply spectacular. This shade of pink is highly sought after, and this is the only alligator CDC in Rose Scheherazade we’ve seen with gold hardware. Simply put, this bracelet is beyond sublime.

4. Cartier Yellow Gold Bracelet $5,415. This size 20 LOVE bracelet is one of Cartier‘s most iconic pieces. Inspired by the medieval tradition of the chastity belt, the LOVE bracelets, with their screw closure, are very much sought after. Find out more about the history of Cartier’s LOVE collection.

5. Van Cleef & Arpels White Gold and Diamond Socrate Earrings $5,290. These Van Cleef & Arpels 18k white gold and diamonds “Socrate” stud earrings feature a total of 22 diamonds and minimal signs of wear. Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry is some of the most sought after pieces in the world. Crafted with precious stones and the highest quality materials, VCA jewelry often depicts intricate, whimsical designs such as flowers and animals.

If you’re looking for special jewelry pieces for yourself or a loved one, visit for a large selection of pristine and pre-owned fine jewelry.

Red Coral- Hottest Hue in the Vintage Market

Red Coral


The hottest color in the secondary market right now is red coral. Although corals can be found in different hues, like pink, black, white, and yellow, red is the most sought after color. Red coral has been used in decorative items for thousands of years. It is believed that red coral has healing properties, prevents bad fortune, strengthens the circulatory system and nourishes blood cells. In addition, the color red is highly stimulating visually, lifting the mood and protecting from depression and anxiety. Whether or not you believe in the healing properties of red coral, one thing cannot be denied: its beauty.

We have some beautiful coral and red coral items on Below are some of our favorite ones:

1. Vintage Cocktail Earrings $3,495. Bold and elegant, these vintage estate earrings (circa 1940s-1950s) are beautifully crafted in 18 karat yellow gold, coral, turquoise, sapphires, and round brilliant cut diamonds, embedded into a whimsical leaf-inspired cocktail mount.

2. Vintage Coral Branch Necklace $695. This vintage coral necklace is finished with a 14k yellow gold clasp. The long strand, measuring 39 inches, can be worn as one long necklace, or wrapped as a double strand. The branches of coral give any outfit a wonderful look.

3. Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Ring $4,400.  This delicate vintage coral and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels (circa 1990) is set with one round brilliant diamond, weighing approximately .05 cts. The coral Alhambra ring is particularly rare to find, and due to the rarity of coral, it’s no longer produced by Van Cleef & Arpels.

4. Hermès Bougainvillea Clemence 40cm Birkin $18,500. This Bougainvillea Birkin 40cm in Clemence leather is an extremely rare find. Produced in 2009 as a limited edition color, this bag is no longer available in stores, but can be purchased on The 40cm size makes it perfect for travel. The beautiful red coral color will surely compliment any wardrobe.

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Jewelry 101; Gold vs. Silver

Gold Vs. Silver Jewelry

The use of precious metals can be traced back to as early as 4,000 BC, when Egyptians started using copper to produce jewelry. Although the origins of the word “metal” is unknown, we believe it comes from either the Greek “metallon,” or the Latin “metallum,” both meaning “mine”  or “metal.”

Precious Metals include gold, silver, and the platinum family (including Palladium, used in the making of Hermès‘ silver-color hardware). Any other metals, such as steel and copper, are considered Non-Precious. Precious Metals are most used in jewelry because of their higher value, and because they are less reactive to the elements.

Now, let’s dig a little deeper into the two most popular Precious Metals used in jewelry: gold and silver.

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For the Love of Cartier; the Story Behind the LOVE Collection

Cartier Love Bracelet and Birkin bag

The LΘVE bracelet was designed by Cartier’s Aldo Cipullo in 1969. He was inspired by the chastity belts worn by women during Medieval times, to protect their virtue and good name.

Similar to a chastity belt, the bracelet locks around the wrist, and can only be removed with a special screwdriver. For a while, Cartier had a policy that no customer could buy a LOVE bracelet for himself or herself – they had to buy it as part of a couple. During the 70s, his-and-hers bracelets were presented to famous couples, like The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Many celebrities were photographed wearing the sleek gold band. The LOVE bracelet became an instant hit.

The original LOVE bracelets were gold plated, but as time went on and demand grew, they started creating solid gold bracelets, and in 1979, a diamond-studded version was introduced. Today, Cartier continues to produce this iconic symbol of love, not only in the form of the original bracelet, but also in rings, cuff links, and earrings. Some bracelets don’t even require a screwdriver, but still have the emblematic LΘVE design.

“The Cartier LOVE series represents the permanence and indestructibility of affection,” says PORTERO‘s Creative Director, Nick Marmol. ” Classic and timeless, it is given as a gift for only the most important occasions.”

Although it was first introduced as a symbol of love, today it can be gifted for many reasons: coming-of-age, graduation, or even as a gift to yourself. The LOVE bracelet’s design is recognizable enough to be considered a modern icon, but simple enough to complement all outfits. It can easily be worn on its own, or stacked with bracelets and/or watches. It looks just as appropriate with jeans and a t-shirt, than it does with a designer gown. Its unisex design makes it the ultimate sign of elegance and sophistication.

It’s been more than 40 years since its introduction, but the Cartier LOVE bracelet has remained relevant in the luxury and secondary luxury market. In fact, Cartier is one of the five brands that will hold its value over time. Today, a LOVE bracelet starts at $6,300 and goes to $56,500 for a white gold and diamonds piece. However, at PORTERO you can find Cartier LOVE pieces for about $5,000.

“Love has become too commercial, yet life without love is nothing – a fat zero.” Said Cipullo. “What modern people want are love symbols that look semi-permanent – or, at least, require a trick to remove. After all, love symbols should suggest an everlasting quality.”
White Gold Cartier Love BraceletWhite gold Cartier LOVE Bracelet $5,190

Jewelry from Chanel to Liven up Your Wardrobe

When it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, you want to go to the brand that never goes out of fashion. Who wouldn’t want a little more Chanel on their arm?  In honor of the legendary French fashion designer, a roundup of our five favorite Coco Chanel quotes that are full of stylish wisdom and wit, while spotlighting some of the chicest Chanel jewelry.

Luxury Must be Comfortable, Otherwise it is Not Luxury
A Chanel charm bracelet is a fun way to make a statement. When you mix some yellow gold with a smattering of rhinestones, the overall look is modern and sleek, which goes with absolutely everything.

In Order to be Irreplaceable, You Must Always Be Different
Coupled with the fact that we’re obsessed with the Chanel C’s, it’s common knowledge that you can’t go wrong with a classic Chanel logo with enough rhinestones to go with your rock and roll mini or your vintage denim and heels.

I Don’t Do Fashion, I am Fashion
No matter what your personal earring style is: studs, drops, or dangling – these Chanel logo clip on earrings are major eye candy. We would wear these with a cropped tuxedo jacket, a flirty cocktail dress or a power suit.

A Girl Should be Two Things: Classy and Fabulous
How incredible is this Chanel choker? It is a little bit tough girl, a little bit chic, and versatile enough to enhance a maxi dress, biker jacket or an evening gown to highlight its unique hardware.

Fashion Fades, only Style Remains the Same
This vintage Chanel necklace can seriously step up your style, whether you’re wearing it with a structured jacket or with your Sunday-Brunch outfit. It’s a sartorial marriage between whimsical and chic.

Five Pieces of Jewelry Every Stylish Woman Should Own

We love being on the cutting edge of style as much as the next girl, but if you’re going to be smart about what you buy, you want to focus on timeless pieces that will really stand out. Whether it’s a simple bangle that adds a pop of color or a vintage necklace that gives you an authentic look, unique yet classic pieces can take your look from the mundane to the exceptional. These are the staples that every woman should own (or at least be shopping for)!


1.  Classic Gold Studs
Even Audrey Hepburn wouldn’t have let her jewelry box go without timeless simple studs that are easy to throw on with any outfit from a cashmere sweater to a flirty sundress. The iconic gold Chanel logo earrings can create a hint of luxury that will pull any outfit together.

2. The Classic Go-Everywhere Gold
Even the unfashionable set recognizes the iconic Cartier LOVE detailing. Having a simple bracelet in gold is a staple that every girl should own, to either dress up your everyday casual or to add to a stack of bracelets for a night on the town. If this isn’t already on your list, it’s worth adding, as this is the kind of bracelet that you’ll regret not having.

3.  Pearls Your Way
A long pearl strand is not only functional but also does double duty as a must buy. A necklace this versatile can be worn long for cocktail parties, or can be doubled up for a brunch with friends. Whether it’s vintage like this Chanel find, or it’s something new, a long Pearl strand is a must-have in your jewelry box.

4. The Statement Ring
A big rock is a perfect way to add some flair for your next soiree. We recommend getting something big enough to make an impact, but with classic details (like the David Yurman signature rope detailing). This is also great for the strong woman who wants her right ring finger to be the point of focus, instead of her left.

5.  The Enamel Bangle
Consider the Hermès black enamel bracelet the addition your go-to work wardrobe has been waiting for. It’s classy, yet still serious enough to mean business with any outfit.



Spotlight on John Hardy

In the mid-1970s, 25-year-old Canadian designer/artist and descendant of the Royal Court of Bali goldsmiths, John Hardy, escaped to Bali, where he met his wife Cynthia and established his celebrated namesake jewelry company. Handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, each John Hardy piece is inspired by the natural world’s beauty.

John Hardy’s commitment to the environment and community does not end with fine jewelry. Over the past year, John Hardy has planted 600,000 bamboo trees in Bali to support forest management and water preservation.  Additionally, its Job for Life program continues to successfully transition Bali orphans into the real world with vocational training.  Once the program is completed, many students are offered positions at the John Hardy Bali Compound, which is not only home to beautiful designs and skilled craftsman, but also an organic farm.

Upon retiring in 2007, John Hardy sold the brand to now CEO Damien Dernoncourt and Head Designer and Creative Director Guy Bedarida.  To date, Dernoncourt and Bedarida remain invested in the brand’s core values and devotion to nature and our community.

Shop Portero’s John Hardy collection here.

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In Love With LOVE: Spotlight on the Cartier LOVE Series

Audrey Hepburn famously said, “the best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” For thousands of years, cultures around the world have expressed their affections through jewelry. With Valentine’s Day at the forefront of our minds, we celebrate the ones we hold dear with the iconic symbol of love and commitment… the Cartier LOVE series.

Originally only sold to couples, the Cartier LOVE series was inspired by the medieval chastity belt with its lock and tiny screwdriver acting as a key. Today, the Cartier LOVE series is gifted to all in celebration of life’s many milestones, including: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and of course, Valentine’s Day.

Shop Portero’s Cartier collection here.

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The most stunning vintage Cartier jewelry

Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 — and these exquisite jewels prove why the French designs are a favored by royalty and celebrities.

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