Every island has a good place to buy jewelry ! In St. Martin I would tell you to try the French side in Marigot.
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I found a great shop in St. Thomas years ago, J.C. Jewelers. They were on one of the side streets when I first stopped in but I guess I've bought enough from them they have now moved to Main St. I always deal with Christina and have never gotten burned on anything I've purchased. Have a great time shopping, just don't buy them out, I'll be there in Feb.
Havensight Mall, across from the pier in St. Thomas, is a place where almost EVERY store sells jewelry. The only store I didn't see them selling it was the booze store and a handful of others, otherwise, you can find it anywhere.
I caution you to do your homework. I took a bracelet I bought in to get lengthened and the jeweler commented on how poor the stones were and I didn't get the greatest of deals. This jeweler is well known and his shop has considerably more work than they can handle (they make amasing custom pieces). I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and wanted it. I only paid $350, but it is quite nice design wise.
If you want to find some nice pieces I suggest checking out the onboard store. I found diamond, tanzanite, and opal earrings (and one ring) for a super sweet price. I am sure everytime they saw me coming in the store they knew I was there to buy, because I did!!!!....I spent over $1500 on bling bling, now for me that is a fortune!!!! I don't buy flashy pieces, since I'll be wearing it to work and don't want to show off, at least not too much 8)
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Hate to resurrect an old thread, but I am the only one that hates it that you can't just look at a piece of jewelry and look at the price and decide whether you want to buy it or begin bargaining? No, there has to be a calculator and a lot of button punching! It is as bad in the States and the islands.
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I don't know too many places here at home, where you can go into a jewelry store,and bargain for a better deal. Maybe in a Mom & Pop, place, there is a bit of wiggle room.
At home, in order to see the diverse inventory you find in a port like St. Thomas, you would have to drive all over creation, and still not see selections like you can, just walking into a few stores there.
Your deal in port, can also be determined by how many ships are in, & if you will pay cash, which, will always get you even lower price, since the shop is not paying the fees to the cc company.
I do not like to bargain, my hubby does it for me...but, the majority of cruisers in port enjoy it, and, like markets around the world, it's expected.
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