Ok so this is the first shop i will talk about.
For example, Look at this item they are selling:
Here is the TRUTH:
1. They are big liers telling people that its CHAROITE. It is not. It is an artificial man-made stone created by powder and mixed with colour. It is called ‘BATTI’. Just a peice of junk. In the middle they have another Batti in Turquoise colour.
2. The metal they are using is called German Silver
What Is German Silver ?
The name German silver or nickel silver is misleading since it has no silver content, but is an alloy of 60 per cent copper, 20 per cent nickel and 20 per cent zinc. It resembles silver but instead of the soft white colour it has a yellow-grey tinge.
German silver is used extensively in the hollow-ware and flatware industries as E.P.N.S. (electro-plated nickel silver), which is a nickel silver item with a plating of silver. Nickel silver is slightly more difficult to work for jewelry purpose, than copper and other metals, since it is a harder alloy. Again it is prone to tarnish on exposure to air and will turn the skin green with prolonged contact.
So whats the deal then!!!!
Ok let me explain you whats the deal here… lets talk about costing….
Total Weight of this item is : 62 grams
German Silver (Metal) weight is approx : 20 grams
Face Gemstone Weight is approx: 42 Grams
Metal Cost is : $2.00 – Yes just that. This is a cheap, crap metal which makes your skin horrible by the time.
Stone Cost: $0.08per gram so total cost is: $3.36
Making Charges (Labour Charges) : $2.00 per peice in India – yes very cheap.
Polishing + Finishing + Other : $2.00
SO TOTAL COST OF THIS ITEM AT HIS FACTORY IS: $9.36 – Yes that CHEAP.
And see how they are selling….
Now you decide… its upto you