In June, 720 pieces of counterfeit Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry were seized by Miami customs officials, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced.
The jewelry that was seized has a manufacturer’s suggest retail price of around $6 million.
CBP officers said they selected the shipment for inspection and noticed that the merchandise was imitation jewelry that “bore a false, non-genuine copyright clearly piratical to the federally recorded copyright.”
In 2014, the watch and jewelry category topped the CBP’s list of most-seized counterfeit items by value. China is the leading source of counterfeits, followed by Hong Kong. If we go by CBP reports, officers seized about $3.4 million worth of counterfeit goods around the country each day in 2014.
This brings us to a million dollar question, where does this counterfeit jewelry get sold? The easiest channel would be online sales. We take great care while selecting the vendors from whom we buy jewelry making sure everything at our custom jewelry store is genuine and guaranteed PURE.