Tips for Buying Quality Kenyan Jewelry on the Cheap
The trend toward buying ethnic and handmade pieces is somehow supported by various celebrities whose charity works extend to underdeveloped regions globally. Perhaps, you might have seen Madonna or Angelina Jolie wearing a notch ring or perhaps a sasi bib in one of their milieu and wish to highlight your individual style with such items. To give you an idea on how to buy one without losing an arm and a leg, here’s how:
Choose Ethical Jewelry
If you have watched the movie Blood Diamond then, perhaps, you have an idea how many people lost their lives over smuggling of precious stones from underdeveloped countries. You would not want to be caught in a situation where your morals become compromised. Ethical jewelry is gaining popular following among designers and mere buyers/wearers these days. So, before you shop for rings, necklaces, pendants, bangles, and nose rings, make sure to choose this type of jewelry as it will definitely help boost your individual fashion sense without the guilt.
Trusted Local Jeweler
The most efficient way in jewelry shopping is by doing it via a local jeweler. Unless you are living in a remote village, finding a trusted local jeweler can be easily done. Simply talk with friends and family members. Ask for their recommendation. These people give no-frills feedback as they have no vested interest in your purchase. Before you visit one though, it is imperative that you know what you are looking for. It cannot be helped that no matter how trusted a jeweler is, staff working for them will always usher a prospective buyer to the most attractive and pricey sets.
Take a closer peek at various travel forums and online jewelry shops. As the world goes digital, so does the global ethical jewelry market. The merchandisers plying the web come aplenty leaving you with wide array of choices and, in that sense, a cheaper means of acquiring unique pieces to add to your growing collection. Revel at travelers’ tale on the latest trend in jewelry making from countries you are interested in. If it’s Kenyan beaded jewelry you want, look for travel forums that focus on Kenya.
When shopping online, however, common sense will tell you to be extra vigilant. Not all online jewelry shops appear to be what they are. Check for authenticity of the website. Reviews and feedback are always shown on the site’s page as well as its whereabouts. If you are looking for Kenyan jewelry, always double check if what it’s selling is authentic and crafted ethically. The best way is to check review sites like the BBB. Indeed, shopping for ethical jewelry may sound like going through a maze but when done accordingly, you will be amazed at the quality and sense of individuality that a fine piece brings.
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