Posted January 29th, 2008, 04:47 PM
Hi! I am going to add my two cents here. I worked in the jewelry industry for 15 years.
I have found that you will indeed get better deals in the Caribbean. I have bought diamonds and other jewelry in Aruba, St. Thomas and in Mexico.
You will also find very different pieces that you wouldn't find in the states. Everyone here is saying you need to know diamonds and you should. Do some reading...learn about color and quality. You want to buy something sparkly and in order to do that it needs to have a nice color and be a good quality stone. So learn that.
And bargain!!!! I have gone to DI several times, but found that there are other stores on all those islands where you could get the same quality stone for quite a bit less! And I have gone back to those stores and purchased more.
The stores I have purchased in Aruba and in St Thomas I continue to have a relationship with, so I don't think getting service is an issue. In fact, in April I plan on trading princess cut diamond earrings in for new ones in St. Thomas!
St. Thomas is my all time favorite island for jewelry!
Thing is, know what you want, shop around...when you find it, you will know then ENJOY IT. That will make the purchase all the better!!!! Best of luck. Jewelry is my favorite purchase on a cruise!