Identifying fake jewels and fraudulent jewellery

Once upon a time, diamonds were a girl’s best friend. Nowadays, it’s coloured stones like rubies, sapphires and emeralds that compete for her affections. As more diverse jewels and jewellery become popular, the opportunities for fakes and frauds to pass unnoticed into the market grows. We speak to John C Benjamin, independent jewellery valuer, lecturer and jewellery historian, for his advice on how to make sure you’re buying the real deal.

In conversation with a forger – how not to buy fake art

In 2007, Shaun Greenhalgh was arrested and imprisoned for art forgery. After 28 years of creating and selling forgeries to art dealers, it was a trio of Assyrian reliefs, and the keen eyes of The British Museum, that got him caught. We speak to Greenhalgh about his experiences as a forger, and ask his advice on how to avoid investing in a fake.

Expert advice for buying authentic antiques

Whether it’s art, furniture, ceramics or other highly collectible items; forging antiques has always been an attractive prospect for criminals looking for a high return on investment. We spoke to expert, David Harper, for his advice and experience on how to buy antiques, without falling for a fake.

Five ways to winter-proof your home

Your home may be your castle, but even the sturdiest stronghold needs a spot of groundwork. We explore five ways in which you can winter-proof your home.