Shopping for Jewelry ... Tricks of the Trade

I have a cheap bracelet that closes with a powerful magnet that I sometimes wear in ports ... If I see something at the vendor booths marked sterling or gold, I slip it off and apply the old magnet test.  If it jumps toward the magnet immediately, I know it's not "pure" and keep walking.  

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Smart! Buyer beware!

wow great tip

I just shop in the trusted jewelry shops

Only go where the ships tell you to go. We have heard horror stories about the off the Main Street stores. One thing about wi-fi on the ships though. If you see something in one of their boutiques on board, check Amazon immediately. At the very least they will sometimes meet a lower price. Sometimes they will come in a bit lower.

Nice Tip!

Thanks for sharing this tip.

I lived near Christiansted - a port in St. Croix, USVI for 3 years. Inventory in the "reputable" shops was very different on "cruise days" as were the prices. While the quality of the jewelry was usually good, price varied immensely, As "locals", we were given an across the board discount of 50% off so you can see the markup. That's been awhile so things many have changed ...

I mainly use my magnet trick for inexpensive items that I like but don't want to have tarnish or chip off the first time I wear it. I have an entirely different trick for "fine jewelry".


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