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Just wondering if anyone else has had problems with jewelry. We were there in October, bought a beautiful Austrailian (sp) Opal ring with five stones in it, and three of them have like shriveled up and fell out?
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Where did you get it? My wife picks up a piece or two every trip and we have never had any problems. Columbian Emeralds is her favorite place.
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Why did you buy your piece, Janice?
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They've shriveled?
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They've shriveled?
I HATE when that happens.
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I HATE when that happens.
G A A!!! Are we starting in already, Walt?
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G A A!!! Are we starting in already, Walt?
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WhatEVER could you mean???
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It shriveled and fell out!

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Ok, guys! -Walt -Larry

Now Janice is never going to tell us where she bought it from!

Janice - Please give us more info! I have never heard of problems with any jewelers so far!
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It shriveled and fell out!
That has to be worse than a bad hair day!
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Walt - I guess the fun is over.

Corrine - I consider my hand slapped and beg forgiveness. Please do not tell the Queen for I fear that she will not be as compassionate as you. Wow! That's deep!
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I guess I don't understand, why so many people go to a great Caribbean island.

An island that has great beaches, and 82 degree clear water, and waste so mush vacation time looking for a piece of jewelry, that may or may not be a good value.

Do yourself a favor, go to Aruba swim in the great waters get a great tan and when you go home, go to a big city and look for jewelry.
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Walt - I guess the fun is over.

Corrine - I consider my hand slapped and beg forgiveness. Please do not tell the Queen for I fear that she will not be as compassionate as you. Wow! That's deep!
Keeping on-topic, our friend bought a ring from Global last year and the "gold" seems to have faded to silver. She forgot to pack it this year to see what could be done. She got a ring from Bijou this year. I bought a "Rolex" from The Best of Aruba.
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It shriveled and fell out!
What is shriveled?
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From www.dictionary.com:
  1. To become or make shrunken and wrinkled, often by drying: Leaves die, fall, and shrivel. The heat shriveled the unwatered seedlings.
  2. To lose or cause to lose vitality or intensity: My enthusiasm shriveled as the project wore on. Inflation shriveled the buying power of the dollar.
  3. To become or make much less or smaller; dwindle.
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What is shriveled?
Imagine a big, juicy plum. Now imagine a prune. That is shriveled.
Imagine a grape. Now imagine a raisin. Ditto.
Imagine your toe. Imagine your toe after a long bath.
Other thing, including opals apparently, can shrivel.
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You guys are mean! Well no one should go to Global. Luckily I really am not a jewelry person except for Silver bangles.
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You guys are mean! Well no one should go to Global. Luckily I really amd not a jewelry person except for Silver bangles.
So Ice our faces are shriveled in the morning? lol
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Larry, keep ing up and my lips are sealed to the Queen!

Eddie - Sorry I must disagree! Part of the fun for me is searching for that perfect piece of jewelry! I give up anniversary and mother's day gifts for this! Plus I am usually burnt toast by the time I go and need to get out of the sun for a day. For someone who can't snorkel or do any sports, it is entertainment!
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Well I am glad I gave you all a good laugh, with shriveled. But really, I watched the stones turn black and then just come out like paper, they weren't even stones anymore. I can't remeber the name of the place and it doesn't have it on the box, but I could find it again, and will in Novemeber. Was just wondering if anyone else had the problem. I believe it was like in the little strip mall behind McDonalds area. I could be wrong, it was a day of Aruba Ariba's. But it still didn't last, it has two stones left. Very disappointed. And again I am glad you all had a good laugh over my shriveled word, if it even is a word. But as always I will return to Aruba and probably buy a timeshare this year.
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Well I am glad I gave you all a good laugh, with shriveled. But really, I watched the stones turn black and then just come out like paper, they weren't even stones anymore. I can't remeber the name of the place and it doesn't have it on the box, but I could find it again, and will in Novemeber. Was just wondering if anyone else had the problem. I believe it was like in the little strip mall behind McDonalds area. I could be wrong, it was a day of Aruba Ariba's. But it still didn't last, it has two stones left. Very disappointed. And again I am glad you all had a good laugh over my shriveled word, if it even is a word. But as always I will return to Aruba and probably buy a timeshare this year.
Glad you kept your humor here, Janice. Honestly, I've never heard of that happening! Try one of the longer lasting places like Little Switzerland, Kays, Shivas or my favorite Sean and Pauls.

Good luck with your timeshare! I have never regretted buying mine!
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Eddie - Sorry I must disagree! Part of the fun for me is searching for that perfect piece of jewelry! I give up anniversary and mother's day gifts for this! Plus I am usually burnt toast by the time I go and need to get out of the sun for a day. For someone who can't snorkel or do any sports, it is entertainment
I guess to each his/her own. I just hope you don't have your husband, boyfriend, friend or children escort you while you do your search for that perfect piece of jewelry.

Many husbands escort their wives, just to be a good partners and have much of their valuable vacation time, wasted by this ritual.

I can also understand getting too much sun, but there are many chickies to take cover under.

Again in the past 20 years, I have been to maybe 15 islands in the Caribbean and only once, did I see real bargains in jewelry and that was the International Shopping Center in Panama (where barter is king). All the others, the price was only so so, and in many cases (such as the main post here) the jewelry was overpriced or no real bargain.

I live outside of Boston, and have found it much better to take a cold winter Saturday and go downtown Boston, and shop for bargains especially for jewelry for my wife. In fact, I purchased my wive a heart shaped pendant, for Valentine Day, it was on sale for $150.00 and saw a similar pendant in St. Thomas and the price was $250.00. Another example was in June, we were on a cruise and our camera died, we were in Jamaica and walked to the shopping area and found a great camera, after 30 minutes of haggling, we got the camera for $360.00, when I came home I searched online, and found the same camera for $330.00. While I needed a camera, I wasted time finding a good camera for $30 more than at home.

Oh well have a great time, but always remember, what may be fun for you, may not be fun for your partner.
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Again in the past 20 years, I have been to maybe 15 islands in the Caribbean and only once, did I see real bargains in jewelry and that was the International Shopping Center in Panama (where barter is king). All the others, the price was only so so, and in many cases (such as the main post here) the jewelry was overpriced or no real bargain.
When we were in Panama someone got a camcoder and when they got back, the box was empty! We were warned about that, and it happened.
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When we were in Panama someone got a camcoder and when they got back, the box was empty! We were warned about that, and it happened


Didn't they feel the box was a little on the light side. Sorry I couldn't help myself. Hopefully they paid by credit card.

When we were in Panama, my son and I were doing a tour with a mother and daughter, that were fanatic shoppers. The mother bought her daughter an expensive emerald ring, she knew what she was buying, and knew it was a great deal. My son bought a gold chain, we found out when we got home he got a terrific deal.

But as a rule I agree, most times when you are away from home, you are likely to make poor shopping decisions.

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Didn't they feel the box was a little on the light side. Sorry I couldn't help myself. Hopefully they paid by credit card.

When we were in Panama, my son and I were doing a tour with a mother and daughter, that were fanatic shoppers. The mother bought her daughter an expensive emerald ring, she knew what she was buying, and knew it was a great deal. My son bought a gold chain, we found out when we got home he got a terrific deal.

But as a rule I agree, most times when you are away from home, you are likely to make poor shopping decisions.

LET THE BUYER BEWARE
Unfortunately they put something inside the box, I can't remember what, to make sure it felt heavy enough. They also acted as if they were putting the camcorder he was looking at right into teh box, then changed boxes somehow. They paid cash as the price went lower by paying cash.
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hey guys, janice really does have a serious problem. it sounds funny but spending big bucks on something like that and have it become useless and ruined is not funny.

janice, have you done any research on opals? i know that i was warned many times about them and the weird things that happen to them. although i never heard of what happened to yours, i stopped buying opals because of other weird tales.

you might want to talk with your homeowner's insurance company. that should be covered. i hope you kept the receipt.
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hey guys, janice really does have a serious problem. it sounds funny but spending big bucks on something like that and have it become useless and ruined is not funny.

janice, have you done any research on opals? i know that i was warned many times about them and the weird things that happen to them. although i never heard of what happened to yours, i stopped buying opals because of other weird tales.

you might want to talk with your homeowner's insurance company. that should be covered. i hope you kept the receipt.

Yes, I agree, Sherry, this is not funny! Too bad its sounds like the store is gone in Aruba, or she could have brought it back.

Eddie - Unfortunately, my husband DOES go with me shopping to make sure I don't spend too much! But he is usually a good sport and lets me get a good piece (Maybe because my jeweler always serves him Balashis while I shop).
I understand what you are saying about bargains. After I bought my first piece, I had it appraised here and the appraisal was much higher, they said the quality was great and I loved the green opal, diamonds and tanzanite together which is hard to find here, esp. the size of the tanzanite. Since then, I shop at the same jeweler, always come home and have it appraised and haven't been ripped off by them yet! Like you said, to each his own!
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The other thing is if she charged it, but I'm sure it's too late.
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What makes you think the store is gone? I have learned my lesson, I will not purchase Jewelry in Aruba anymore.
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Hi Janice,

It sounds like you got a bum ring but dont let that sour you from trying again if you want. I think it's fun to get a nice piece of jewelry when your on vacation.
We got my husband a Movado Watch while we were in Aruba. I looked for a piece of jewelry for me but did not find anything this last trip that I felt I really wanted.

I have bought myself quite a bit of jewelry in St Thomas at Cardows. I have had my jewelry appraised here at home and it has been valued at more than double what I paid for it. It sounds like some on this BB have had the same experience from Aruba. Find out where they buy their jewelry and give those stores a try on your next visit.
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this appraisal thing is a big scam.

While, I know the issue of value for insurance purposes is one thing, but the resale value for jewelry is another, beware of what the true value of your jewelry is..

There are many things I hate about jewelry shopping. First they rarely put the price of jewelry visable on the jewelry. They will have you choose a piece and then give you the so called retail price, then they will get their calculator out, and tell you what a great deal they will give you. What product does anyone ever buy that is sold like this. Makes you wonder.

If you want to get an idea of what the value of your jewelry is, try and get a jeweler to buy it. They will give you an appraised value and a resale value.

I know there is a jeweler in the Boston area, that will sell you a diamond ring, and then give you an appraised value of over twice the paid price. Does this make sense, not to me.

After traveling to many islands, and even buying a few pieces of jewelry for my wife, my suggestion is, unless you are bored, looking to buy a gift for your special person,or just a shopping junkie, buying jewelry while on vacation is a waste of great vacation time, and very rarely will be a good investment.

Thats my opinion, have a great vacation, to a wonderful island.
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this appraisal thing is a big scam.

While, I know the issue of value for insurance purposes is one thing, but the resale value for jewelry is another, beware of what the true value of your jewelry is..

There are many things I hate about jewelry shopping. First they rarely put the price of jewelry visable on the jewelry. They will have you choose a piece and then give you the so called retail price, then they will get their calculator out, and tell you what a great deal they will give you. What product does anyone ever buy that is sold like this. Makes you wonder.

If you want to get an idea of what the value of your jewelry is, try and get a jeweler to buy it. They will give you an appraised value and a resale value.

I know there is a jeweler in the Boston area, that will sell you a diamond ring, and then give you an appraised value of over twice the paid price. Does this make sense, not to me.

After traveling to many islands, and even buying a few pieces of jewelry for my wife, my suggestion is, unless you are bored, looking to buy a gift for your special person,or just a shopping junkie, buying jewelry while on vacation is a waste of great vacation time, and very rarely will be a good investment.

Thats my opinion, have a great vacation, to a wonderful island.
Eddie, I agree with your first 2 paragraphs but not the last two! I do agree pieces are appraised here at a higher value than actual re-sale, the reason being you dont have to run out and get your stuff appraised every year. And jewelers do have a tendency to do that calculator thing, which is annoying.

I have been told however, that some of the stuff I have gotten (from Sean/Paul) is very unusual, as well as being of excellent quality(ie one ring has a huge tanzanite in it) and this has added to the value. I don't buy big diamonds, but like to buy the green opal, diamond, tanzanite combo that is harder to find in the US. As I said, for me, it is the thrill of the hunt!

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I have been told however, that some of the stuff I have gotten (from Sean/Paul) is very unusual, as well as being of excellent quality(ie one ring has a huge tanzanite in it) and this has added to the value. I don't buy big diamonds, but like to buy the green opal, diamond, tanzanite combo that is harder to find in the US. As I said, for me, it is the thrill of the hunt!


Just a word of caution on Tansanite, Tansanite is a soft stone, and easy to scratch.

Six years ago, I bought my wife a beautiful Tansanite ring in St.Thomas.
She wore it on special ocassions, two weeks ago, I went to get it
re-appraised, the jeweler said the stone had some scratches on the surface, which decreased the value.

Beware Tansanite can be scratched from use, and this will decrease the value.
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I have been told however, that some of the stuff I have gotten (from Sean/Paul) is very unusual, as well as being of excellent quality(ie one ring has a huge tanzanite in it) and this has added to the value. I don't buy big diamonds, but like to buy the green opal, diamond, tanzanite combo that is harder to find in the US. As I said, for me, it is the thrill of the hunt!


Just a word of caution on Tansanite, Tansanite is a soft stone, and easy to scratch.

Six years ago, I bought my wife a beautiful Tansanite ring in St.Thomas.
She wore it on special ocassions, two weeks ago, I went to get it
re-appraised, the jeweler said the stone had some scratches on the surface, which decreased the value.

Beware Tansanite can be scratched from use, and this will decrease the value.

Thanks for the tip Eddie! I wear mine all the time!
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Hi Eddie,
I am getting the feeling you do not like to shop for jewelry!!! LOL
When I purchase a piece of Jewelry for myself it is not for the purpose of resell. I get it appraised for insurance reasons. Than not so much that I think it will be stolen but always a chance I could loose a ring or earring. I have to admit though it makes me feel good when I feel I have gotten a good buy! Just like it does when I get a nice article of clothing on sale.
I have to agree with you though about spending to much vacation time shopping. We allow about 1/2 day during a week long stay for shopping. This trip to Aruba I looked in the jewelry cases but nothing caught my eye. I left Aruba with a couple of t-shirts, and a china figurine. (is it Deft-the blue & white?).
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I bought a chain from Global, is it fugazy? you guys have me nervous.
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The point I'm trying to make is, that if you must shop for jewelry while on vacation, at least be a knowlegable shopper.

If you are buying a gold chain, know what carat weight it is, know what it would cost on sale at a city in your area.

If you are buying Tansanitie know what it costs at home, if diamonds, know what it costs at home.

I have been to many Caribbean Islands, to tell you the truth even if you know what you are buying, the norm is you will just save on the sales tax.

Some of the best value I have ever recieved buying jewelry was in Boston, thats because I can take my time shop around and be an informed shopper.

As was said, to each his own, but don't go to the Caribbean thinking you will get a steal in jewelry!
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I bought a chain from Global, is it fugazy? you guys have me nervous.
Don't be! Eddie has given some good advice, just be knowledgeable!

Besides my stuff, my husband got a beautiful Movado watch in Aruba. Only slightly cheaper than the US but no tax!

And obviously, some of us like to shop more than others!
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Hey Eddie - being that I am from the Boston area - whats the best jeweler down in the diamond district in Boston in your opinion?
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I have to add my 2 measley cents here...you are on vacation, you shop, something catches your eye - you think it is a reasonable price, you buy it. SO WHAT!!! You spend what ever the airline tells you for airfare, why question jewelry purchases???? If you rent, you pay whatever the hotel charges, are you REALLY going to nickel and dime on jewelry purchases ON YOUR VACATION???? Why bother, live like there is no tomorrow, CAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW - so you saved $150 on a piece of jewelry, or you paid $150 more than what you could have gotten it at home - WHO CARES!!!!! you are on vacation, what is acceptable to you is fine. God knows you paid enough money to get to Aruba, so what if you pay more or less for jewelry or anything for that matter. Enjoy your life and be comfortable with your own decisions, not what others tell you here to be comfortable with.
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I have bought several pieces of jewelry at Sean/Paul Jewelers over the past 6 years and sent many other customers to them. I've always been satisfied with the quality of the jewelry. However, on my last trip there in March, 2005 I had a custom flip-flop pendant made at Pauls. It was promised to me the day I was leaving the island. When I arrived to pick it up on my way to the airport, it wasn't ready and I was told to come back in an hour. I came back and all was well. I wore it on several occasions this summer. Got many compliments on it. Then I noticed one of the diamonds was missing. I emailed Sean/Paul Jewelers and told them the situation and that I was going to take it to a local jewelry store for an estimate to replace the diamond and I would like them to either send me a replacement diamond or reimburse me. I never heard a word back from them. I took it to be repaired and was told the total diamond weight was not what Kevin (salesman at Pauls) had said it was and there was very little gold holding the other diamonds in place. All the diamonds were loose and had to be tightened. It ended up costing me $92. I am a timeshare owner and go to Aruba every year. I will be taking my receipt and stopping by to see Kevin at Pauls. I hope they do something about this as I'm very upset about it. A diamond should not have fallen out of its setting after only four months of wearing it if it had been put in correctly in the first place. After all, I only wear it around my neck and don't wear it to bed at night. I think they did a rush job and, consequently, one of the diamonds fell out. I won't buy another thing from them if they don't take care of this. I'm warning others to be careful.
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I have to add my 2 measley cents here...you are on vacation, you shop, something catches your eye - you think it is a reasonable price, you buy it. SO WHAT!!! You spend what ever the airline tells you for airfare, why question jewelry purchases???? If you rent, you pay whatever the hotel charges, are you REALLY going to nickel and dime on jewelry purchases ON YOUR VACATION???? Why bother, live like there is no tomorrow, CAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW - so you saved $150 on a piece of jewelry, or you paid $150 more than what you could have gotten it at home - WHO CARES!!!!! you are on vacation, what is acceptable to you is fine. God knows you paid enough money to get to Aruba, so what if you pay more or less for jewelry or anything for that matter. Enjoy your life and be comfortable with your own decisions, not what others tell you here to be comfortable with.

I KNEW I liked you, Nanc!!! Well said!

Kathy - Absolutely go back to Sean Pauls!! Ask to speak to Sean or Paul - I don't know who Kevin is, he may be gone. If you explain the problem, your dissatisfaction and that you are a timeshare owner who comes every year, I can't imagine them not giving you some satisfaction. I would love to know the outcome of this. All my pieces from them have taken a beating - I wear them alot and all have held up well!
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Arlene Schipp the Aruban atty that appears on TV (the Holloway case)
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it was all amber colored beads, different shades and shapes (not precious jewels)
I would love one like it.

Anyone happen to know which one I am speaking of or where I could get one like it?
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Arlene Schipp the Aruban atty that appears on TV (the Holloway case)
had on a great necklace,
it was all amber colored beads, different shades and shapes (not precious jewels)
I would love one like it.

Anyone happen to know which one I am speaking of or where I could get one like it?
Like I said in the other thread, I don't recall seeing something like that in Aruba. But check out the Renaissance Mall under the Renaissance hotel and/or one of the larger jewelers like Little Switzerland. And if they don't have it, ask around!
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Arlene Schipp the Aruban atty that appears on TV (the Holloway case)
had on a great necklace,
it was all amber colored beads, different shades and shapes (not precious jewels)
I would love one like it.

Anyone happen to know which one I am speaking of or where I could get one like it?
I didn't see it, but remember seeing lots of amber on a trip to Denmark back in the 80s. Forgotten the name of the town, but it was where the ferries from Gottenburg, Sweden landed. Lots of shops in town had them in the windows, and I was tempted to buy one. Colors varied from yellow to brown. Don't recall seeing anything like it in Aruba (everything seems to be gold and precious gems) or anywhere else, for that matter.
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