It is easy to be distracted by the jewellery shops with a mixture of precious and semi-precious stones including diamonds and sapphires paired with silver gold or white gold. Jade is the most popular stone as it is believed to bring luck. The cost of raw materials can be higher in Vietnam but the price of items is often lower due to low labour costs. The gold is 24 carat.
If buying diamonds ask to see the papers. Some diamonds are brought in illegally.