This is the time of year when the snowbound escape to the warm Caribbean. It's also the time of year when customers come into our stores with their new jewelry, purchased on a West Indies island, and they want to know "was it a good deal."The answer? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. To make a wise jewelry purchase away from home, two elements are essential; quality assessment and you've got to love negotiating. First assess the quality of the mounting. The most common problem customers encounter with jewelry purchased on the islands are stones falling out. This is caused from prongs being too thin or from porosity in the gold. Porosity is a phenomenon where air bubbles are trapped in the gold during the casting process. Since porosity is hidden and difficult to detect, your best bet ...
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