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Consumer council advises on purchase of jewellery

The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on jewellery retailers to be ethical and advise their customers on the different terminologies that are associated with any particular jewellery. Council’s chief
02 Feb 2017 09:44
Consumer council advises on purchase of jewellery
Jewellery retailers told to be ethical and advise customers accordingly.

The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on jewellery retailers to be ethical and advise their customers on the different terminologies that are associated with any particular jewellery.

Council’s chief executive Premila Kumar yesterday said they have found there are retailers who   are selling Cubic Zirconia (CZ) as ‘American Diamond’.

Ms Kumar said they are also advertising CZ as American Diamond.

CZ is not a diamond but a cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) which is widely manufactured because it acts as an affordable substitute for diamonds giving that shine and the look.

She said the council found that some retailers advertise and sell CZ as ‘American Diamond’ which in reality is not a diamond.

Ms Kumar reiterated this is misleading.

A consumer may think that American diamonds are genuine diamonds sourced from America, when in fact it is a man-made stone.

In such case, retailers who are advertising the jewellery as “American diamonds” must stop doing this to allow consumers to make an informed decision on their purchase.

The Council fails to understand why they are not stating CZ as other retailers do.

Consumers who are intending to buy American diamonds this Valentine’s Day must understand that they are buying CZ.

The Council reiterates that consumers should enquire more about the product from the trader before they make their purchase.

Source: CONSUMER COUNCIL OF FIJI

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