Individuals dealing with jewelers in countries other than their home
country do it because they think they can save a lot of money.
Unfortunately, they also leave themselves open to being "ripped off"
and they have almost NO RECOURSE. It is hard enough for a customer
to get recourse if they were cheated or defrauded in their home town,
even in the United States, where there are strong consumer
protection laws. I always advise my customers to not buy any jewelry
overseas which THEY consider to be an expensive item. Trinkets and
souvenirs, yes. I have seen too many “bargains” purchased by
tourists which were fraudulently represented. And they are 'stuck’
with it. I , myself, bought a beautiful “hand carved ivory” Kwan Yin
at a stall in Hong Kong and I bargained the seller down from 10
dollars to 8 dollars. I’m a gemologist, and knew that the item was
molded plastic, but I am sure many tourists 'fell for it.'
David Barzilay. Lord of the Rings