Adana is the fourth largest city in Turkey. Those who live in the region often refer to Adana as the“City of Gold. The name comes from the large number of gold jewellery shops in the city. While this is certainly true of most Turkish cities, Adana boasts more than most others. If you are fortunate enough to visit this ancient city, follow these simple steps to buy gold jewellery there.
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- Spending Budget
Identify your budget. Adana is a city with a large amount of beautiful gold jewellery. It can be tempting to spend more than you originally wanted, so setting a firm budget is important. Decide how much money you can comfortably afford to go shopping with and stick to that budget.
Take a taxi to the Adana gold market. Adana is one of the leading importers of gold in the Mediterranean, and is world famous for its gold textiles. Because of this, the city has an entire market of gold dealers, ranging from textiles, to jewellery, to just unprocessed raw gold.
Walk around the jewellery shops in the gold market, making note of what each shop is selling and for how much. Many stores will sell similar items for different prices, so it is wise to survey the area before making a purchase, so that you can identify who is charging too much and who is offering a good deal.
Negotiate the purchase of the jewellery. Haggling over the price is expected in Adana, especially since there is such a large concentration of gold jewellery in a small area. It is normal to mention one vendor's price in order to get another vendor to beat it.
Ask about the return or exchange policy, and also ask for a written certification of the gold's level of purity, before completing the sale. Any legitimate jeweller will offer a small window of exchange in case you change your mind, and will certainly have no problem with certifying that their gold is genuine.
Pay for your jewellery to complete the transaction, and take a taxi back to your hotel where you can admire your purchase in private.
Tips and warnings
- If at all possible, go to Adana in April, when the annual jewellery trade show is held at the International Exhibition and Congress Center. Not only can you find great deals at the trade show, but local merchants usually lower their prices to attract buyers.