Buying Genuine American Indian Jewelry & Crafts

Written by Sam Serio

Buying American Indian jewelry & crafts can be fun, exciting and confusing. Whether you’re considering a gift of American Indian jewelry & crafts for someone special or as a treat for yourself, take some time to learnrepparttar terms used inrepparttar 145820 industry. Here’s some information to help you getrepparttar 145821 best quality American Indian jewelry & crafts for your money, whether you’re shopping in a traditional brick and mortar store or online.

Whether you're drawn torepparttar 145822 beauty of turquoise and silver jewelry orrepparttar 145823 earth tones of Indian pottery, some information about American Indian arts and crafts can help you get what you pay for. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous retailers are selling imitation American Indian arts and crafts to unwary consumers.

According torepparttar 145824 Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, any item produced after 1935 that is marketed as "Indian," "Native American" or "Alaska Native" must have been made by a member of a state or federally-recognized tribe or a certified Indian artisan. That is a non-member Indian artisan who is certified byrepparttar 145825 governing body of an Indian tribe.

3 Tips for Buying Genuine American Indian Jewelry & Crafts 1.Buy from an established dealer who gives a written guarantee or written verification of authenticity. Ask if your item comes with a certification tag. Not all authentic Indian arts and crafts carry this tag, but those that do are certified byrepparttar 145826 Department ofrepparttar 145827 Interior (DOI) to be genuine. This sample tag identifiesrepparttar 145828 artisan as a member ofrepparttar 145829 Oklahoma Indian Arts and Crafts Cooperative. However, you may see a different name and logo appearing inrepparttar 145830 circle onrepparttar 145831 item you buy.

Diamonds Are Forever

Written by Sam Serio

Diamond jewelry: diamond rings, diamond earrings, diamond pendants and diamond bracelets are some ofrepparttar most sought after gemstone creations. Your eyes tell you how beautiful a piece of diamond jewelry is, but how do you know you are getting your money’s worth?

A little knowledge can go a long way to help you purchase a beautiful piece of diamond jewelry at a fair price.

Diamond Jewelry 101

A diamond's value is based on four criteria: color, cut, clarity, and carat. The clarity and color of a diamond usually are graded. However, scales are not uniform: a clarity grade of "slightly included" may represent a different grade on one grading system versus another, depending onrepparttar 145819 terms used inrepparttar 145820 scale. Make sure you know how a particular scale and grade representrepparttar 145821 color or clarity ofrepparttar 145822 diamond you're considering. A diamond can be described as "flawless" only if it has no visible surface or internal imperfections when viewed under 10-power magnification by a skilled diamond grader.

As with other gems, diamond weight usually is stated in carats. Diamond weight may be described in decimal or fractional parts of a carat. Ifrepparttar 145823 weight is given in decimal parts of a carat,repparttar 145824 figure should be accurate torepparttar 145825 last decimal place. For example, ".30 carat" could represent a diamond that weighs between .295 - .304 carat. Some retailers describe diamond weight in fractions and userepparttar 145826 fraction to represent a range of weights. For example, a diamond described as 1/2 carat could weigh between .47 - .54 carat. If diamond weight is stated as fractional parts of a carat,repparttar 145827 retailer should disclose two things: thatrepparttar 145828 weight is not exact, andrepparttar 145829 reasonable range of weight for each fraction orrepparttar 145830 weight tolerance being used.

Some diamonds may be treated to improve their appearance in similar ways as other gemstones. Since these treatments improverepparttar 145831 clarity ofrepparttar 145832 diamond, some jewelers refer to them as clarity enhancement. One type of treatment - fracture filling - conceals cracks in diamonds by filling them with a foreign substance. This filling may not be permanent and jewelers should tell you ifrepparttar 145833 diamond you're considering has been fracture-filled.

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