I went back to Ali's after a first visit with a guide, and was "charmed" by Kamal, the salesman, who is likeable and appears trustworthy. The store is gorgeous, and one feels like one is in the presence of genuine artifacts and antiques. I bought 2 pieces of jewelry, allegedly from the 1930s, and was assured that the white stones were diamonds (albeit chips, but real diamonds). But when I got back to Toronto and took the items to a jeweler, I was told they were cubic zircoinia.
Because i was unsure at the time of buying, I even asked the manager to write on the back of the store card what the gems were: he wrote "fragments of diamonds".
I saw many items like these in the souks all over Morocco, but the store owners all readily admitted that the stones weren't genuine. Finding honesty in other jewelers, I foolishly believed that an established shop like Ali's was sure to be reliable.
I was wrong. And I was taken.
DO NOT BUY ANYTHING THERE. THEY EXPLOIT AND MANIPULATE THE NAIVETY OF TOURISTS. And, of course, back in your own country, there is nothing you can do.
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