Fun and fabulous tax-free jewellery ….
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.
One brand with its finger in every fashionable pie is Bulgari. Their luxurious and distinctive jewellery would be an asset in any self-respecting jewellery box. Classic yet contemporary, their platinum solitaire rings set with brilliant diamonds have a magnetic appeal, and the topaz and pavé diamond encrusted Mediterranean Eden necklaces, earrings and bracelets are worth their weight in, well, gleaming yellow gold. Why pay full-price when you can gain even more pleasure from your purchase…knowing that it was tax free?In the mid-range are coveted names such as Diesel, GUESS, Fiorelli, D&G, Fossil, Breil and DKNY. The rings, earrings, gold-plated necklets, silver dog-tags, braided leather cuffs and bracelets and elegant pendants from these prestigious names can either do an excellent job as a stand-alone piece, or complete your head-to-toe designer look to perfection. The cultured pearls and brilliant diamonds from White Ice, and ultra-stylish crystal bracelets of celebrity favourites, Tresor, are two more names to watch.Thanks to tax-free jewellery stores and concessions at airports across the globe, you no longer need to breakfast at Tiffany’s, trawl the Emirate’s souks or worry about the authenticity of your internet-bought gemstones. Strike gold instead and give yourself 18 carat confidence in your purchase, by shopping before you fly.
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