Southern Caribbean Cruising — ABC Islands; Aruba shopping at Noble Jewelers


Noble Jewelers — Across from Royal Plaza Mall

The store I alluded to on Monday’s article was Noble Jewelers, which shares a building with Kay Fine Jewelry (yep, that Kay’s; like the one in your local mall). But before I begin, let me assure you that I was in no way compensated for this article, nor was it requested by the proprietors at Noble Jewelers. Indeed, this article will probably come as a surprise to them once I send word of it to them. Here is the gentleman who helped us on our quest to secure a reasonably priced yet nice example of an emerald for Ursula:

Ursula and Noble Jewelers sales consultant Mukesh “Max” Kumar

And, yes, Noble Jewelers is indeed the top seller of Hearts on Fire diamonds. They had a couple of awards displays to prove it. In addition to the one I presented on Monday, here’s another, again with Mukesh “Max” Kumar’s name plastered all over them:

A sampling of Mukesh “Max” Kumar’s many Hearts on Fire sales awards

But diamonds do not constitute the sole gemstone sold here. Neither is Hearts on Fire their sole source for diamonds. Here is a gallery of some of their other samplings:

As I mentioned before, this is a very modest store. Totally unexpected when one considers the amount of sales in Hearts on Fire diamonds alone. Here is the interior shot of this unpretentious outlet:

Noble Jewelers

But looking around they definitely won’t let you forget that one specific source for which they are known:

Hearts on Fire posters

On Monday I told you that I am well aware of Ursula’s tastes in jewelry. Indeed, I frequently find something she’ll like well before she does. This visit to Noble Jewelers proved no exception, as I was the one who discovered a pair of earrings that mesh perfectly with Ursula’s tastes. Alas, Ursula does not wear earrings, so it would appear that finding this gem was all for naught:

One half of a pair of emerald earrings

The emeralds had color, depth, were relatively clear, and as a bonus they were haloed by a tastefully arranged complementing ring of ten round and eight trapezoid diamonds. Quite the quandary, until Max presented a solution. Max offered to break the set and at no additional cost set one of the earrings as a pendant. Astonishingly, he held to that no-cost pledge even after I negotiated a better price. He asked what I wanted to pay, and to my shock and amazement he accepted my first offer, which I thought was on the lowball side.

Max and Ursula on our next day visit to pick up her emerald

Fortunately Grandeur of the Seas was overnighting in Oranjestad, so Max had more than enough time to get the work done for pick-up the following afternoon. The work was very nicely done, as you can see from this photograph:

Ursula’s first emerald

Okay, that’s it for shopping tips in this series. My apologies if it bored you to tears, but I just thought some might want a tip for shopping in the Southern Caribbean. The rest of the series will be shopping free.

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2 responses to “Southern Caribbean Cruising — ABC Islands; Aruba shopping at Noble Jewelers

  1. rogparish

    The link to “Monday’s article” in the first sentence is broken. “Page Not Found”

  2. Thanks, Roger. I’ll try to fix it.