Breakfast at Tiffany’s, bangles from Bahrain or charms from China? With modern-day flight speeds the world is getting smaller, but one retail segment that’s only getting bigger • and better • is that of sparkling, tax-free jewellery.
The gift of jewellery is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face, from little girls and brides-to-be to boardroom execs and cherished grandparents. So take advantage of airport offers the next time you fly.
For children and fashion-conscious teens, look no further than funky jewellery from affordable stores like Claire’s Accessories. Their rings, necklaces, earrings and costume jewellery sets guarantee to set little eyes alight. For longer-lasting keepsakes, try Daisy Jewellery or the sterling silver ranges of Molly Brown, featuring earrings, charms and bracelets with brightly coloured jelly bean, fairy and letter motifs.
Gentlemen, once that bespoke suit has been cut to perfection, select a prestige watch from premium brands such as Armani, Tissot or Tag Heuer. Then, crown the look with a striking ring or unusual pair of cufflinks from Diesel or Fred Bennet. Another jeweller to watch in the men’s department is Seven. Their black, cubic zirconia cufflinks will cut a dash on the golf links, and their pendants and rings with an urban twist are crafted to perfection.
Synonymous with romance and stylish engagement rings is Tiffany & Co., now available at tax-free prices at selected airports worldwide. With solid gold and sterling silver jewellery and accessories for men and women, their world-class designer collections include Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso.
Remaining at the upper end of market are esteemed names such as Pandora, Karen Walker, Amoro, T H Baker, Thomas Sabo and Swarovski. For sheer romance, Amoro’s Pristine Hearts Diamonds are the perfect choice; T H Baker’s white gold, diamond and amethyst-set bangles, earrings and bracelets are show-stoppers and the fine-cut crystal ranges of Swarovski are a guaranteed hit. For romantic love-heart and multi-clip charm bracelets, Pandora pieces are a cut above the rest.