Jewelry, Watches, and Gems
Duty free items in focus on St. Maarten & St. Martin
Jewelry Stores of
Excellence on St. Maarten and St. Martin
Most prominent of all duty free shopping on the island is the large number of jewelry stores. This is not only a result of the obvious fact that a diamond ring, a brand name watch, a necklace or any other jewelry items can most easily carried home, it is also a result of the substantial price advantage of this category. The savings can easily reach hundreds, or if you go for valuable watches, thousands of Dollars.
Most jewelry stores are very professional 'salons' or 'superstores' with an enormous choice from various collections. They have their local atelier or workshop to customize the jewelry and provide post sales service, if needed. A typical example is 'Jewels by Love', a 5th generation family jeweler with a high dedication to their exquisite range of jewelry investments.
Brand name watches represent another area of high appeal for duty free shopping. Beside Rolex, the other 'Big Four' brand names are available in St. Maarten and St. Martin. Breguet, Vacheron Constantin, A. Lange & Söhne, and Patek Philippe attract expert buyers into the specialist stores.
Duty Free - Tax Free
Neither duties nor taxes are imposed on both parts of the island, when buying jewelry.
Dutch Side or French Side
In principle, it doesn't matter as several of the jewelers have stores on both sides of the island and charge in US-Dollars at both locations. The Dutch side (Philipsburg) has significantly more jewelry stores and they are larger with bigger choice.
Jewels By Love