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Questin on shopping at "Name Brand" stores

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Posted on: September 28, 2009 at 4:38PM

When shopping in Mexico, do the big internationally known stores barter with you? For example, I am wanting to go to Swarovski and see if they have a couple items I have seen here in the US and on the website. Also does anyone know if there is a Swarovski store in Playa del Carmen? Or would I have to go to Cancun or Cozumel? I will be staying at Secrets Silversands. Also, any suggestions for shopping for gemstone jewelry. Specifically, aquamarine or blue topaz. Thanks! report a problem

Posted on: September 30, 2009 at 5:46PM

Hi Buzymom11, We asked Maribeth Mellin,'s Mexico correspondent, to reply to your question. Here's what she had to say: "Diamonds International has one store in Playa del Carmen. They carry Swarovski jewelry--crystal heart necklaces, flip flop earrings and such, but no figurines. The company also has nine stores on Cozumel. A bit of bargaining is possible, especially if you're spending big bucks. They have "discounts" for cruise passengers and coupons on their website: In Playa, Ambar Mexicano has a gorgeous collection of amber from Chiapas and an adjacent store called Ambar y Opalo with gemstone jewelry. Shopping in the family owned store is always a delight. The clerks are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly without being overbearing. No bargaining here. " Hope that helps! Peter Frank Editor in Chief,

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