Weekly Obsession: Travel

Weekly Obsession: Travel
As a glimmer of hope starts to spread across the world, there is a strong resurgence of our wanderlust. Many of us may even have our bags still packed from a canceled trip over the past year.

While most of us cannot travel just yet, we can start to think about some of the places we will visit and of course, some of these places are fabulous places to see some of the most beautiful jewellery in the world.  

As Covettist we believe that every day and sentimental jewellery you should own, for everything else there is Covett. When you are traveling and want to purchase a special piece to remember your holiday or you see something you know you will wear every day, here are some great jewellery destinations outside of Europe.

The Gold Souk, Dubai

An incredible place to shop for jewellery is Dubai, and the Gold Souk has an impressive amount of gold on display. This is a covered market in the city that’s a must-stop spot for any tourist visiting for the first time. There are hundreds of retailers here that specialize in jewellery, especially gold. The Dubai Central Laboratories Department has strict regulations on the purity of gold and metal sold and recognizes jewellery shops that meet these criteria with certification. A few of the many jewellery shops worth mentioning here include Damas, Liali Jewellery, and Taiba.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe has a unique culture that blends Native American with Hispanic traditions, which is reflected in the jewelry masterpieces created and sold here. The most unique place to shop for jewelry in this artsy small city is downtown at the Plaza of the Governors. This is part of a government program that brings in authorized vendors from pueblos throughout New Mexico to sell their jewelry and other crafts. Not only can you find amazing turquoise jewelry here, but also nearby booths with brightly colored blankets, western wear, pottery, and artwork.

Marrakech, Morocco

There are many great places to shop for jewelry in Marrakech, and much of the gold is sold in the Jewish quarter known as Mellah. This is a city of artisans where you can buy directly from the people that made the jewelry, not the middlemen. Big cities in Morocco, like Marrakesh, have “mazes” of souks that like the streets with their crafts, but souks exist here in smaller towns as well. This is an excellent place to shop for silver jewelry that is chunky and stylish. A few of the top shops to check out in Marrakesh include Joanna Bristow, Jewels, Gallerie Al Yel, and the Khalid Art Gallery.

Cape Town Central, South Africa

Another great jewellery shopping destination is Cape Town in South Africa, especially Cape Town Central and the Western Cape. Check out the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, which has hundreds of shops to suit every budget. Another good area to shop here is St. George’s Mall, which has lots of jewellery and crafts. Shops to add to your travel list include Browns Jewellers, Galaxy & Co., Shimansky, Kirsten Goss, and Kamaldien Jewellers.

St. Marteen, Caribbean

Many of the Caribbean islands are known for their jewellery shopping opportunities, but one of the very best is St. Maarten. You’ll find lots of jewellers in Philipsburg on Front Street who specialize in beautiful gems and diamonds. Jewellery shoppers should also check out the French Marigot section for a range of boutiques to spoil themselves. Caribbean Gems is a famous family-run jewellery store here that has been voted the top shop by locals and specializes in diamonds. Come here for engagement rings, wedding rings, earrings, and diamond necklaces. Other top Caribbean destinations for jewellery shopping include the Dominican Republic, Barbados, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas.

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Las Vegas isn’t just a place to gamble and indulge in buffet dinners. It’s also a top spot to shop for jewellery because many of the big names in jewellery have set up shop here to cater to tourists and visitors willing to splurge. You’ll find many designer names here that you’re already familiar with, scattered among the casinos and themed hotels, such as Tiffany. You might even find the perfect ring to tie the knot in one of Sin City’s famous chapels there!

Jaipur, India

People in India love their jewellery and wear some of the most colourful and unique pieces found anywhere in the world. But if you really enjoy jewellery, then a trip to Jaipur is definitely in order. Here you’ll find traditional, stylish, and unexpected pieces and a rich history of shopping that dates back to the 1700s. Come here today to shop for gemstones, and don’t miss the Gem Palace. Inside you’ll see craftsmen and craftswomen working at their jewellery-making stations to polish, cut, and solder their lovely pieces. Other places in the city to visit for jewellery include the Teatro Dhora, Trunks Company, and Satayam at the City Palace complex.

NYC, New York, USA

New York City is an ideal place to shop for pretty much anything, but there are some jewellery stores here that just can’t be beat. If you’re looking for high-end auction houses, check out Christie’s and Sotheby’s for jewellery. Both have offices in New York. The NYC Diamond District is along a block of 47th Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. You’ll find thousands of jewellers and wholesalers here that specialize in many different types of gemstones, diamonds, and fine jewellery. It’s important to know about the type of jewellery you’re shopping for before coming here. You’ll likely hear many different languages spoken here (Yiddish, Indian, French, Russian, etc.), but make sure to shop around to compare prices and quality so that you don’t feel pressured into a purchase. Overall, this is an ideal place to buy precious metal jewellery, like gold and platinum wedding bands and bangles.

Bangkok, Thailand

In Bangkok, you’ll find a little bit of everything for shopping enthusiasts – high-end chic malls, colourful street markets, and everything in between. One of the best places to shop here is the Chatuchak Weekend Market, which has thousands of stalls and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. This market spans 35 acres and draws around 200,000 visitors on an average weekend. There are lots of clothing and accessories sold here in the sections, as well as ceramics, furniture, art, books, and even pet accessories.