Posted December 7th, 2006, 10:49 AM
The main plaza is on the main boulevard, R.E. Melgar. It is about three blocks north of Punta Langosta Cruise Terminal and Mall, but about 2 miles from the SSA International Terminal. Directly across the street from the downtown ferry pier...you can't miss it!
This was taken and translated from today's edition of Por Esto!, a regional newspaper that covers the island.
Merchants of jewels on the island warn of a possible fraud against the tourists of cruisers, who, mostly, are humble people in their countries of origin that do not always have the possibility to buy jewels and therefore are not "experts" in questions of precious stones.
The situation occurs allong avenue Rafael E. Melgar, the main boulevard of Cozumel, where there should be NO traveling salesmen or simple con artists the ones that would be committing this irregularity, but established businesses.
Perhaps they are prompted by the economic shortage that the island experienced since "Wilma" in October of the 2005, as well as by the circumstance of in general.
Other jewelers of the same avenue, where the commerce of precious stones is a distinctive sign of the port, they affirm that this practice eventually will bring an important loss of prestige to the island because a lot of the people that purchase thinking to have made a good investment, will be frustrated when in their countries of origin they try to resell them, or they carry them to have valued, or even they deteriorate due to the materials of the ones that in reality are fake, among them a simple glass carved in lieu of a diamond.
According to these testimonies, the tourists of cruisers, people that can travel by very accessible prices and that in the United States they are not exactly rich, but people of the middle class of that country, are easy victims of this deceit. In their everyday life they are not large consumers neither experts of stones and jewels in general, but they are left impressed by the price.
The situation would be occurring, above all, with a gem called "Tanzanita", that is a blue variety or purple of the mineral zoisita, composed of aluminum and silicato of calcium; which is very popular because its relatively accessible in cost and its beauty. Its main deposits are in Africa, in Tanzania, from where it obtains it's name.
The commercialization of these "gems" has already caused claims on the part of the tourists to the local authorities, although to resolve these complaints is complicated because those cruise passengersp barely spend six or seven hours in the island and many times detects the deceit after they have concluded the cruise.
This commerce affects besides the true jewelers, since they cannot compete with the prices and the offerings of those who sell this fake merchandise.