Would you like to receive VIP treatment when you go shopping for jewelry in the Caribbean? When celebrities go shopping they don’t merely walk the streets and window shop. They contact the store ahead of time and explain what they would like to see. The store will be sure to have a selection ready on the day the celeb comes in.
You can have the same treatment. Send an email to several jewelers on the island you plan to visit. Let them know what you are looking for, your budget and when you’ll arrive. Start a dialogue with all the stores that return your initial email. Eliminate stores that do not respond. If they won’t respond when you are a potential customer, how do you think they will respond if you have a problem?
Write back and forth a few times to get a feeling for how friendly and knowledgeable they are. Make appointments with a few stores that you are interested in visiting. When you show up you will be welcomed as an old friend. They will be ready for you with a glass of wine and a nice choice of jewels to suit your desires. Its a wonderful feeling to walk into a busy store and getting the full VIP treatment just by introducing yourself.