Bergman's is the store on the island to buy both affordable and upscale fashionable pieces. Don't get me wrong after 7 plus visits to Raro... I still check out all the stores and markets on the island, I need to feel comfortable that I have seen all before purchasing. Strangely Bergman's is the only place I seem to find those special pieces. This time they sold me another piece. I wasn't in the market to purchase a piece for myself but when I saw it I went wow! I purchased the piece. Interesting that word went around the island and I heard back from a couple of people they had heard I had purchased something special. Just to be clear it wasn't from anyone at Bergman's that had said anything - they are completely professional and discreet - it was from people who had seen me wearing it to dinner or around town and knew their pearls. This is the third major piece I have bought from Bergman's.
As with most trips to Raro. we were accompanied by friends. This couple it was their first time on the island and they purchased several very nice affordable pieces at Bergman's. I know they will be happy with these pieces for several years.
I have noticed Bergam's are stocking more very nice wearable pieces for men. The women's selection has always been great but the men's will surprise you. Had I not bought my major piece there were some other pieces I would have considered.
Watch for the new selection coming out...! They are doing some animals with pearls / sapphires.... Really stunning wow pieces! I can't wait to see them next year.
My suggestion is if you see a piece you love... buy it...buy the best you can afford. I have never regretted any piece I have bought! They are timeless and I can't put a price on the enjoyment I get wearing them, how they make you feel and the memories they bring back. I have given many black pearl pieces as gifts, knowing the people receiving them will enjoy them as much as I. Black pearls unlike other gems are something you can wear with casual clothes or formal wear and they work equally well. In my opinion Rarotonga black pearls are the best in the world and I have done my research. Other pearls are marketed better and they look nice but they are not the same quality! I don't just lay down my hard earned cash without doing my research and without knowing who I'm dealing with.
Ben, Luke and the staff are great to deal with and there is no pressure to buy. I have no problems recommending them to friends and family and have taken other guest from the resort there. Enjoy your holiday and to make it that much more memorable take a special piece of black pearl jewelry home - you won't regret it!