** I wrote this blog after my trip to St Martin a few months ago. Unfortunately Hurricane Irma flew in and devastated the island, shutting down the store for a long time. For the last month or so they received power and water to the store for a few hours a day so they could get some business done and prepare to open again. Great news is, they are open again for business!
Looking for diamonds in idyllic St Martin? Check out Ballerina Jewelers on Front Street in Philipsburg. If diamonds are a girls best friend, then this place is Disneyland.
I spent a long afternoon in search of quality diamonds at a fair price. I could have saved myself a whole afternoon and stopped right where I started! Ballerina Jewelers was the first place we went in to. We were assisted by Deepak who helped me find some chocolate diamond bands and explained the quality and pricing.
I then spent three hours or so wandering around and stopping in approx fifteen other stores. Other stores were cheaper but they didn’t have the quality. Many were more expensive and still didn’t have the quality! The customer service all around was pretty good, salespeople would call their other stores in search of what I wanted – apparently a chocolate diamond band is far too classic and reserved around here. There were some very elaborate designs around.
I ended up back where I started. Deepak patiently took me through the four rings I was contemplating again and helped me decide which fingers they would look best on to compliment my other rings.
I chose three rings (much more than the one I went in for!) and had two sent away to be complimentary resized.
We were in the store a long time and were always welcomed with a big smile by everyone and even sipped on champagne they poured us while we made our decisions.
My decision ended up being not one, or three rings… but four rings!!! I absolutely adore them all. Deepak has provided wonderful service post the sale too, sending over my appraisal certificates as soon as he had an opportunity post the hurricane.
I highly recommend visiting Deepak and the team at Ballerina Jewelers in St Maarteen if you are considering purchasing diamonds in the Caribbean!