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DERtravels wrote a review Oct 2020
Upland, California1347 contributions331 helpful votes
Review of: Emerald Jewelry Making Class in Cartagena
As part of our Ship's tour, we enjoyed a Jewelry making class before our tour of the Emerald Museum. Each of the guests are paired with a student who is our instructor on how to make several pieces of jewelry with emeralds. Simple in design for us beginners, you learn how to make a pendant, earrings, ring and bracelet. Our instructor Erlys, was very patient with us. It gave Erlys an opportunity to practice her English and us to practice our Spanish. As part of the class, you were able to keep one item and had the chance to purchase the others. Such a worthwhile endeavor to be helping locals hone their skills.…
Date of experience: November 2019
2 Helpful votes
Irish Charm wrote a review Aug 2020
South San Francisco, California2 contributions
wow its really great opportunity to see the natural beauty of Colombia. I also want to tour the museum.When we will go wishing to bought the beautiful jewelry.Hope to take better experience when we will go next time!
Date of experience: December 2019
Count Ernesto wrote a review May 2020
A great opportunity to see the beautiful natural bounty of Colombia with enchanting emeralds and rich history!
Date of experience: June 2019
davidb4775 wrote a review Apr 2020
Dallas, Texas83 contributions40 helpful votes
After reading reviews here, we marked this place as emerald store to shop when my family and I traveled there for a week in early March 2020. Many destination guides say that seven days is too long for visiting Cartagena. This is probably true if one wants to run from venue to venue but our plans included casual walks inside the walled city where our AirBnB was located. This gave us the ability to shop many emerald stores before going to Caribe. For some reason, Trip Advisor has this venue listed under “Museums” and not under “Shopping”. Make no mistake, they do have a “museum” (albeit a small one) but they are in business to sell emerald jewelry. The museum and displays are informative, but that is a bonus to the shopping experience. There is NO NEED to pay expensive tour prices to go there only to stand in line and be on a timer to leave before the tour bus leaves. From the walled city, a taxi was about $5 and we walked right in. The employee narrated museum experience took about 20 minutes and we asked questions. After the museum, we were led to the jewelry showroom. I’m glad we went there on the fifth day of our trip as we had visited numerous emerald shops before this one. This provided us the ability to see the wide range of quality in stones out there. One cannot hit a golf ball without hitting an emerald shop. They are in flea markets and souvenir stores. Emeralds are also widely available in dedicated jewelry stores, like Caribe. By day five, with little emerald buying experience, one quickly learns that the majority of the prices are based on stone size AND the quality of the stone(s) and one gets a sense in how to identify quality stones. There are many googled resources explaining color, cut, clarity, hue, saturation, etc. I was extremely disappointed at the stone quality of pieces on display. Looking for a ring, we were led to the ring display area and found a ring that had about the same design, size and cut that the wife had seen in other dedicated shops. Priced a bit over 3000US, the poor stone quality explained the price. After explain we wanted a piece that had better quality, the sales person brought out a tray containing loose stones that were comparable to the quality we wanted. They were priced at 7500 and up (stone only) and out of our budgeted range (especially when adding the ring cost). Looking at the tray, one could easily see the quality difference between those stones and ones on display. My wife asked a very good question, “Can we see stones that are priced between the display piece prices and the tray piece prices?” This resulted in the sales person bring over the owner who started to adjust prices towards, but still exceeded, our budgeted range. Repeating the question, the owner said he would look and be back. After some 20 minutes, our daughter pointed out that we had been looking for over an hour. The owner never returned and so we left empty handed. As we returned to the walled city, a couple of things dawned on me and they are classic sales strategies. First, if they had included fine quality stones on display, then the quality difference would be really apparent and sales of the inferior stones would take a hit. After all, who wants to buy a crappy product. Secondly, by not being there with a tour group, we could invest as much time as we wanted without being fearful of missing the bus. Thirdly, we were later informed that stores that cater to tour groups often pay money to the tour company for herding in potential buyers. The next day, we purchased a piece from a shop in the city. Yes, we went over our budget but felt the extra money was worth a piece that had the desired qualities and appeal.…
Date of experience: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
Patrick K wrote a review Mar 2020
Coppell, Texas15 contributions12 helpful votes
Toured the museum on an excursion from Princess Cruises lately. Wishing we had bought one of their beautiful emerald rings. Hope to take better advantage next time!
Date of experience: October 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from Marketing C, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory
Responded Mar 16, 2020
Hi Patrick. We are very pleased with your review, for us it is very satisfying to know that you have enjoyed your tour of the Emerald Museum of Caribbean Jewelry. We hope you will visit us again and take the most beautiful Colombian emeralds. Thank you for visiting us.