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Recession, fakes, tough times for Indian jewelers

By Heather Clark
Gallup, New Mexico (AP)

Navajo silversmith Jackie Platero has been selling her family’s handmade jewelry for 18 years. These past two years have been the most difficult.

Platero and other jewelers and jewelry traders say the nation’s economic woes have hit them hard, as the cost of silver, gold and precious stones rise and fewer customers buy pieces. If that wasn’t enough, they say, they are increasingly having to compete against knock-offs of their jewelry – much made cheaply in Asia and Mexico.

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