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Buying American Indian Arts and Crafts

Whether you’re drawn to the beauty of turquoise and silver jewelry or the earth tones of Indian pottery, learning more about American Indian arts and crafts can help you make sure you buy quality
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Gemstones, Diamonds, and Pearls

Before you start shopping for gemstones, diamonds, and pearls, it pays to do a little homework. Their cost and value can be affected by their size, by whether they’re natural or manufactured, and by
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Buying Alaska Native Art

Alaska is famous for the rugged beauty of its mountains, rivers, and coastlines, as well as for the distinctive arts and crafts produced by Alaska Native artists. If you’re thinking about buying an
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Platinum, Gold, and Silver Jewelry

Jewelry made with precious metals like platinum, gold, and sterling silver can be expensive. Before you shop, find out about the words and symbols used by jewelers to describe the quality and purity
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Ads for diamond jewelry should be crystal clear

Bridget Small
If friends know you’re shopping for diamond jewelry, they may say, “Remember the 4Cs: color, cut, clarity and carat.” Here are three more important letters for jewelry shoppers: F-T-C. The FTC
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Happy holidays! Shopping tips from the FTC

Colleen Tressler
The gift-giving season is just around the corner, and the gift-buying season starts, oh, any minute now. The FTC has an early gift for you — tips to help you shop wisely and protect your personal