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4 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I do think that there are reputable jewelry stores in many of the ports (most notably, St Thomas) but I would steer clear of the ships stores.

@Barbara T. I definitely agree with this^^^^

On our Caribbean cruise in May, my sister in law looked on board and then saved at least 30% buying in St Thomas. I think she bought something in St. Kitts also. She, too, had been looking for previous stones.

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Stay away from buying a watch onboard

My daughter got one for her boyfriend, he had been looking prior and feel in love with one onboard.

Good thing they have that price match within the first thirty days because it was $70 cheaper here in NC.

It was a pain to fill out all they needed but I did for my Daughter.

Lesson learned, do not buy on ship

My husband did get me beautiful diamond studs for our 23 Anniversary in St. Thomas.

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We have gotten some nice jewelry at shops that have a trunk show going on. Rarely on a ship will their be a trunk show but on one cruise their was one and the wife ordered a beautiful ring.  Otherwise avoid buying jewelry on the ship.  And yes Saint Thomas is the best place to get jewelry for the most part.  First and foremost be smart and don`t let your emotions get to you.  Know what you are buying and shop around. And don`take the first quote they give you.  If you have to walk away.  If they want your business they will work with you. And those shopping cards etc. are no bargain and are a JOKE.  

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10 hours ago, MicDay said:

Stay away from buying a watch onboard

My daughter got one for her boyfriend, he had been looking prior and feel in love with one onboard.

Good thing they have that price match within the first thirty days because it was $70 cheaper here in NC.

It was a pain to fill out all they needed but I did for my Daughter.

Lesson learned, do not buy on ship

My husband did get me beautiful diamond studs for our 23 Anniversary in St. Thomas.

That's exactly what I thinking, diamond studs!  Where in St. Thomas did you guys shop?

 

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11 hours ago, Barbara T said:

Are there jewelry shops on the ship?  If so, are they good deals in general?  Looking at diamonds and emeralds for my 20th wedding anniversary.

What we are doing for the upcoming cruise is checking out what the prices are at home for the items my wife is thinking of purchasing.  And by price I mean for the quality ratings she wants.  By doing our market research, we can then check prices abroad.   There have been issues raised on other websites about the "satisfaction guarantee" that "partner" stores offer and touted by the ship's shopping consultant.  You might want to check out those comments and lessons learned before you spend "big money".   Example:  In many cases a dispute about a stone's quality needs to be adjudicated by an independent gemologist rather than by a home-town jewelry specialist you trust.

My wife bought a diamond ring at a Diamond's International store and is pleased with it some 10 years later, so there are many success stories.

We also had a great shopping experience at Milano's in San Juan.  We didn't spend a lot, but we received great service.  The store was recommended by the shopping consultant.

Have fun!

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  It seems like on every cruise they come up with a newly discovered gem that is  the most beautiful in the world (in their opinion)   They tell a story how there is only one mine and it will run out of these stones quickly.  Usually that same stone will eventually  show up in local jewelry stores for about half the price.  The 4 Cs of diamonds( color, clarity, cut and carat weight) really comes in to play when trying to compare diamonds at your local jewelry stores and all the diamonds you will see on a cruise. So do your homework on diamond ID if you are serious about buying diamonds on a cruise.   Go to several local stores and pick the size of diamond studs you will want and write down the numbers of the 4 Cs and cost.  Then you will have something to compare with.  Be prepared! They will be hard selling you big time,  especially the ship jewelry stores.  If you are seriously looking,  it will be like a kid in a candy shop.  Be careful and dont get caught up in all the hoopla.

My wife likes colored diamonds and she has bought several rings and studs.  I think it was more the large choice of colored diamond she saw that sold her because she didnt have that choice here.   

Like Fonemanbob says dont take the first price they give you.  I wouldnt even take the second price.  If you still dont feel good about it,  just walk away and tell them you want to look around at other stores.

I would be very reluctant about buying at the ship jewelry shops

 

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I’ve bought some beautiful 14kt gold  pieces of jewelry on board! Surprised to hear people say they don’t have good deals!  I thought prices seem good!

 I bought jewelry in jewelry store in Cozumel one year that was on sheet RC recommended. About 2 years after I got back found out it was cheap, not real gold. That was upsetting.

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I’m dreading this shop. On our last holiday to the states we ended up in Tiffany’s and within 4 mins my wife had a 12k necklace on and a 9k ring... wandering around the shop looking for a long mirror with $21,000 of jewellery on.  When I told her how much they were she freaked out and could not get them off quick enough! Left the shop with a ring, but thankfully a much cheaper one. Happy wife happy life 🙂

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If you're looking for good deals on jewellery, second hand jewellery shops and pawnbrokers is the only way to go. They normally have a good range of unique pieces, a lot of them fully handmade, solid, with natural gemstones. If they show you a valuation certificate, ticket price should be no more than 50% of the valuation price and you can normally negotiate them down further. The jewellery in Regalia is nothing more than cheap cast rubbish with some coloured gemstones and/or diamonds. We did a cruise on voyager of the seas, a ring they were selling "on special" for $699 USD I could buy local, secondhand for $79 AUD. 

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On 7/10/2019 at 12:32 PM, Barbara T said:

Are there jewelry shops on the ship?  If so, are they good deals in general?  Looking at diamonds and emeralds for my 20th wedding anniversary.

I know this is a bit of an old thread, but I think there's an exception to the good advice, above, that may be helpful to someone considering special-occasion jewelry on their cruise (happy 20th, btw!!)

When my wife and I were on Spectrum of the Seas in July, we stopped into Tiffany & Co to take a look, since we also had an upcoming anniversary and thought it'd be fun to browse. (There's a Tiffany & Co on Oasis as well, not sure about other RC ships.) The store is small, as you'd expect, but it had a reasonable variety of jewelry types, styles, and price points. My wife found a bracelet she liked -- no surprises there 😉 -- but what did surprise me a bit was that the price was at a modest discount to the Tiffany & Co web site. We ended up buying, which helped make the trip even more special. But it also made sense to me from a $ perspective:

  • ~2.5% discount off list price.
  • Tax free at point of purchase.
  • The purchase was billed to our stateroom and therefore categorized as "Travel" on our credit card statement, giving us 3x points on our Chase Sapphire Reserve. Since the card also gives a 50% bonus on using points for travel, the purchase effectively gave us a 4.5% rebate toward a future travel expense.
  • Repair, polishing, etc, at Tiffany & Co worldwide.

I'm not affiliated with Tiffany & Co or Chase, but I have experience with both and thought it was a good deal... So did my wife. 😁

 

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Update:  I ended up buy two places.  We were on Harmony and I bought at the jewelry store that's right in the corner of the promenade.  I can't remember the name of it.  Great tip is buy on the first night!  They have a great sale night one that won't be repeated.  I went in and checked their sales every day.  In Cozumel I went shopping with the ship's gal who takes you around.  I was looking for 1 carat diamond studs.  Didn't find those but found such a better deal with the night/day earrings.  They are two in one earrings and were white gold and 1 carat!  So happy I went!

 

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I bought an expensive ring at Rigalli jewelry store. Changed my mind when I got home. I didn’t have the ring yet. The merchant had the ring still and was going to get it sized which they had time to resale the ring. Instead they ignored my request and sized the ring and sent it to me. They said that all sales were final never saw anything in that store that said that. Bad business. I disputed it with my credit card but bottom line they said I have to pay it if the store refuses to accept ring back. I learned a valuable lesson. 

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Hi! 
I know this thread is old.. HOWEVER... I work in jewelry sales. Don’t buy on the ship and avoid Diamonds International. They make you “think” you are getting a deal.. however you are not. For example, they showed me a gemstone ring in silver for $1599... then tried to sell it for $1,000. Something similar in the US you could get at a local jewelry store or Etsy for no more than $500. I also have found the preowned Rolex seem to be about 10% more on the boat. I was most impressed with the Effy Store. I was very transparent with them about who my employer was and they truly gave me the best deals! A few of the items I got were just above cost (not sure how they made a profit LOL). In down town St Martin, the local jewelry stores had great deals on large diamonds and gemstones. I was surprised how well the pricing was. HOWEVER, please make sure you ask the jeweler if the diamonds have been clarity enhanced (it definitely makes a diamond worth less). I personally LOVE jewelry shopping while at ports!!! 

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I love Effy! In fact, most Effy stores that we encounter while cruising have much better deals than land prices in the US and Canada, I’ve compared. I never by any jewellery from any of the islands or on board, Effy is the one exception. We have had fantastic experiences at many of their locations. My favourites are the ones in Cozumel and St. Maarten. They are most willing to “bargain”, especially if you are visiting near the end of the month. And you cannot beat the tax refund from Cozumel.  

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On 7/10/2019 at 8:12 AM, Barbara T said:

That's exactly what I thinking, diamond studs!  Where in St. Thomas did you guys shop?

 

I buy from Cardow, been buying from them since 2009.  We weren't able to cruise for our anniversary this year, but I was able to buy a watch for my husband and several pieces of jewelry over the phone.  I also had a tanzanite ring I bought from them years ago, which I mailed to them and they resized and cleaned it for me. Shipping took less than one week.  I'm hoping someone gets me a pair of diamond studs for Christmas this year. 

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