Buying jewellery

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Oct 5th, 2006, 09:45 AM
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Buying jewellery

My wife and I are taking our first cruise in February. We are visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Nassau, Bahamas

My question is which of these ports (if any) would you recommend to buy jewellery for my wife.

I am thinking of a diamond tennis bracelet but I am open to suggestions if there are any deals to be had.
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Oct 5th, 2006, 10:04 AM
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diamond tennis bracelets are gorgeous in Phillipsburg, St. Martin.
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Oct 5th, 2006, 10:53 AM
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Buy in either St. Thomas or St. Maarten. both islands are duty free although I do believe St. Thomas has a small import tax on soem things.
But the best prices by far are in those 2 ports..not PR or Nassau.
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Oct 5th, 2006, 10:59 AM
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Thanks very much for the quick responses.
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Oct 5th, 2006, 02:06 PM
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hi robmac, will you be sneaking off to make this purchase or does she get to pick her own? there are loads of shops on st. thomas to go in...
try this link for a couple ideas and so you can do comparison pricing with home prices: http://www.usvi.net/usvi/stthomas/shops.htm
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Oct 5th, 2006, 02:09 PM
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St. Maarten, Caribbean Gems. Nice to work with good prices and honest.
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Oct 5th, 2006, 02:42 PM
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On St. Thomas Cardow Jewelers, Little Switzerland, A.H.Riise are honest, reliable & stand behind their products. Be wary of "Everything is 50% off." "I'm in a good mood so for you the price will be..." Also, be leery of things that don't have price tags on them.

I don't know about any import tax on jewelry but it's not the kind of thing I buy regularly.
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Oct 5th, 2006, 04:07 PM
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Virginia,

I'll be sneaking off on my own.
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Oct 5th, 2006, 06:36 PM
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you are a very nice husband!!
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Oct 5th, 2006, 06:48 PM
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yes, Caribbean gems is very good in St. Maarten.
so is DK Gems.
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Oct 6th, 2006, 02:43 PM
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Yes St Thomas or St Martin. In PR you will have to pay tax (although they do have some really great stores in Old San Juan) My favorite in St Thomas is H. Stern, their items are unique. See their site, www.hstern.net
I have not had good luck buying in Nassau though.
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Oct 6th, 2006, 06:41 PM
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St. Martin hands down. I second Barbara for DK Gems, bought few things there myself.
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Oct 7th, 2006, 04:47 AM
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Mim's right. H.Stern is a great jewelry store that I forgot to mention.
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Oct 7th, 2006, 09:33 AM
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Robmac,
Unless you're just buying a "trinket" as a momento from your trip buy your jewelry at home. I work in a jewelry store in upper Westchester,NY and a large percentage of our repairs come from people who bought their jewelry on vacation or while in "port" somewhere. If there's a problem with the setting or loose stone/stone falls out, you will have no recourse for action.

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Oct 7th, 2006, 03:42 PM
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St Thomas - AH Riise
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Oct 7th, 2006, 04:16 PM
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Jofus, that's not the case with the St. Thomas stores I listed & why I said to avoid the "bargain" spots.
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Oct 8th, 2006, 06:30 AM
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That is also not the truth for the good jewelery stores on St. maarten. Reports from tourists who bought here had the items appraised back home and the prices for which they bought the jewelery were quite good.
In addition, whenever there have been problems, they send the jewelry back to the store here and it is always properly taken care of.
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Oct 8th, 2006, 02:43 PM
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Thank you all for your replies. You have given me something to think about.
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Oct 12th, 2006, 05:33 AM
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Robmac...very wise of you to research the stores before you go, because unless you are VERY knowlegeable about jewelry, you'll be overwhelmed. So many stores!

Can anyone comment on the Scandenavian(sp? Center at Havensight Mall. My DH bought me a 25th anniversary ring there. We hadn't planned to purchase anything, but this ring caught my eye. I think we got a good deal. It is a .50 carat, color I, bezel set diamond in a fairly heavy 14K comfort fit band. It was priced $4K, we paid $999. We just decided to take a chance & I have been very happy with it. My jeweler looked at it, without a formal appraisal, said we got a nice ring. But I have always been curious as to the reputation of the store. Hope it's still there.

Have a wonderful trip robmac!
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Oct 12th, 2006, 05:43 AM
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I bought a bracelet on a cruise in St Thomas. It was gold with different semi- precious stones inlayed. It was "originally" listed for $6500. and marked down to $3000. I never buy things this expensive on vacation. But my husband saw I was drooling over it and began negotiate with the store over the price. I walked out of there with the bracelet for $1600. dollars. When I returned to the US I had it appraised at the jewellers I always use and the bracelet was appraised at $2200. dollars. So, you can do well but it might help to do some research first about diamond braclets.
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