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Authenticity

Authenticity is the cornerstone of The RealReal. We staff in-house professionals including gemologists, horologists, art appraisers and apparel experts that ensure every item sold is 100% authentic and in beautiful condition.

All items are put through a multi-point, brand-specific authentication process by a team of luxury experts headed by our Director of Authentication & Brand Compliance. We inspect all goods for appropriate brand markings, date codes, serial tags and hologram stickers. Everything passes through our strict authenticity tests before it is curated into daily sales. Our fine jewelry and watches are authenticated and appraised by our gemologists and horologists and each piece comes with a valuation certificate. Art items are thoroughly researched and validated by our team of fine art specialists.

NOTE: The RealReal does not accept fake or counterfeit merchandise of any kind. If we suspect that a submitted consignment is inauthentic we will contact the consignor for proof of purchase. Counterfeit items discovered will be destroyed and not returned to the consignor, as federal law prohibits these items to be mailed.

Brands sold on The RealReal are not partnered or affiliated with The RealReal. However, we fully cooperate with brands looking to track down the source of counterfeit items, which includes revealing the contact information of consignors submitting counterfeit goods.

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Authenticity Team

Graham Wetzbarger
Graham Wetzbarger
Senior Director of Authentication & Brand Compliance

Having worked with handbags for the past ten years, Graham's skills in authentication grew from his background in Fashion Design and Art History. His thirst for knowledge has taken him around the world, seeking education and work experiences on both coasts and beyond. Having cultivated a network of industry insiders, Graham has his finger on the pulse of the constant changes within the luxury sector. Graham is passionate about preserving the integrity of designer goods and views the manufacture and distribution of counterfeits as unethical, immoral, and detrimental to global human rights.

Adriana Krakowski
Adriana Krakowski
Team Lead, Fine Jewelry & Watches - Graduate Gemologist

The daughter of a jewelry designer, Adriana’s longtime passion for jewelry and gemology led her to spend the last 14 years establishing herself as an expert in the fine jewelry and watch industry. Adriana completed a Master’s Degree in Modern Art, Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education in New York City and a Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. Recently, she worked for several high-end luxury retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, notable estate jewelry businesses Cynthia Findlay Antiques and Kentshire, and the world-renowned Christie’s auction house. Most recently, she was a buyer for CIRCA. Her dream piece is Cartier, made in Paris, 1920s Art Deco, diamonds and colored stones, set in platinum.

Jonna Gandelman
Jonna Gandelman
Jewelry Specialist - Graduate Gemologist

A fourth-generation jewelry expert, Jonna’s education began at her family’s fine jewelry business based in Aruba and Curaçao. Her accumulation of knowledge and experience with luxury brands including Cartier, Bvlgari and David Yurman started when she was still a child. She began her career working with stores, traveling extensively as a buyer, before moving to New York to attain a certificate in Jewelry Design and a Graduate Gemologist degree at the Gemological Institute of America. Jonna has since worked in product development at Judith Ripka, as well as quality control and operations at Gilt Groupe. At Gilt, she learned the business behind the ever-growing e-commerce demand for fine jewelry as well as the importance of transparency for the customer.

Pierce Shortell
Pierce Shortell
Watch Specialist

Pierce has established himself as a true expert in the field of horology since beginning his career 10 years ago in retail sales. After his first day, he developed a passion for timepieces and immersed himself in the rich history of the industry. He quickly moved into a position as buyer of vintage pieces at Tourneau, and went on to become regional manager of an international luxury watch brand based in the US. Pierce sees fine timepieces not only as technical masterpieces with intricate mechanical movements, but also beautiful pieces of art with precise finishing and centuries-old mastery. Pierce is passionate about maintaining the industry’s integrity, and prides himself on the fastidiousness of his assessments and authentication of luxury timepieces.

Brittany Gersh
Brittany Gersh
Senior Specialist, Fine Art

Brittany Gersh is an art and design historian, bringing nine years of experience in the art world to The RealReal. Brittany’s professional experience includes the Detroit Institute of Arts as well as M+B, a contemporary art and photography gallery located in Los Angeles. Prior to her current position, Brittany worked for Phillips Auctioneers, an international auction house headquartered in New York. Brittany is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a Master’s in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from a program offered jointly by Parsons School of Design and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.