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Tourism in China has expanded significantly over the past several decades. Today, over 56 million people visit China every year, making it the third-most visited country in the world. And nearly every one of those tourists come to China looking for that one perfect souvenir to recall their trip to the East.
China jewelry makes the perfect souvenir for your trip to China, because it is affordable, beautiful, useful, and recalls the authentic culture and traditions of China in a way that is still wearable and accessible. Authentic China jewelry, incorporating traditional materials such as jade and pearls, and made with traditional techniques, is as fashionable as it is timeless, and buying souvenirs from a China jewelry store is a great way to support the local economy while visiting.
However, before you spend hundreds of dollars on China rings or bracelets, keep in mind that an increasing number of China jewelry stores and manufacturers deal with mass-produced American-style costume jewelry for export to inexpensive stores around the world. If you want an authentic China engagement ring or bangle bracelet, you will want to avoid those stores and find the few remaining traditional China jewelry stores that still sell the real thing.
If you plan to buy serious jewelry pieces worth a significant amount of money, it may be worth your while to hire a China jewelry agent. These assistants can help you find the best and most reputable jewelry stores and manufacturers, translate for you in locations where store owners may not speak English, and negotiate a fair price for your purchase. Additionally, many jewelry agents are licensed gemologists and can test jewelry to ensure that you are getting what you pay for.
If you don’t decide to invest in a jewelry agent, you can still ensure that you are getting a good value by buying a jewelry testing kit. This simple kits can quickly test if a piece is made of gold or silver, and will also show store owners that you are a serious buyer worthy of attention and respect.
Although jewelry of every kind of available and plentiful in China, if you want a souvenir that will remind you of your trip, you are best off choosing a jewelry type that is native to Chinese culture, such as jade and pearls. Pearls are highly symbolic in Chinese culture, and are used extensively in traditional Chinese jewelry items. Because of the popularity of the pearl to the Chinese, many China stores specialize in pearls, and sell more of them than any other gemstone. There are even pearl markets in many of the larger Chinese cities that carry hundreds of varieties, sizes and colors of pearls.
China’s customs laws can be complex and confusing to outsiders, so if you do plan to buy more than a few hundred dollars’ worth of jewelry, make sure to do all the relevant research so you don’t find yourself confronted with an unpleasant tax when you leave the country.