ESSEX Trading Standards will be putting on a special show in the summer- an Aladdin’s cave of fake jewelllery.
When the Trading Standards Institute holds its annual conference and exhibition at Bournemouth in June, they will see a display of £90,000 worth of counterfeit designer gems.
Among he haul is a necklace which was being offered for sale at £750 - as much as five times the price of the real thing.
Over 500 items of jewellery, marked as being by top designers including Chanel, Gucci, Tiffany, Bulgari and Rolex, were seized from a market stall in Essex - with most of the prices ranging from £10 to £50.
But one necklace labelled as Chanel - 'gold' and inlaid with unidentified stones - was marked up at £750. This is five times the price of some of Chanel's genuine costume jewellery pieces.
“We normally say that if an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is - and that would still be our advice. But this necklace is an exceptional case - and it goes to show that members of the public should not be guided by price as being an indication that goods are genuine.”