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The Caribbean isn’t a wellspring of precious gems, unless you count the islands themselves. So what makes it such a popular destination for jewelry? Two words: duty free.
Over 100 jewelers, most selling imported wares, greet bargain shoppers from the alleyways of Charlotte Amalie, the former Dutch trading port on St. Thomas, for example.
Meanwhile local artisans are reinventing Caribbean jewelry and discovering their creations is part of the fun on the islands.