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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 whether they were treated to improve their...
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 Alaska Native­made art or craft item, invest a...
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 of platinum, gold, and silver jewelry. Shopping...

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 enforces laws against false advertising and created...

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 information.

Make a list...

Calling all shoppers: The holidays are just around the corner. And whether you like to meander through the mall or search for deals online, the FTC has a gift for you — shopping tips to help you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your...

As the old song goes, “Silver and gold, silver and gold, everyone wishes for silver and gold.” That rings especially true now that we’re smack in the middle of the gift-giving season. If you’re looking for that special little something, jewelry...

Nothing says “Be My Valentine” more than a box of chocolates, flowers, and a poetic love note.

Unless it’s a heart-thumping piece of jewelry!

If you’re thinking about buying jewelry for your sweetheart, there are a few things to...

Whether you’re drawn to the beauty of turquoise and silver jewelry or the earth tone colors of Indian pottery, having some knowledge about American Indian arts and crafts can help you get the most for your money. Be aware also that, because...