10 to try: Jewelers

It’s Valentine’s Day! Yes, that means diamonds, or at least something shiny, get shopping…

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Cartier: This store swarms with a dazzling display of diamonds, gorgeous charms, luxurious links, glistening bestiary and delicate paves. Many of the pieces don’t have prices attached, usually meaning that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 330 0034; www.cartier.com). Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 5pm-10pm. All major credit cards. Other location: BurJuman (04 355 3533).

Tiffany & Co: Deira City Centre (04 295 3884; www.tiffany.com). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. All major credit cards. This outlet of the legendary Tiffany’s may be small in size, but an air of Audrey Hepburn-style glamour still lingers and the store still manages to squeeze in a flabbergasting selection of classy jewellery, chic accessories and gift items. Check out the highly coveted engagement rings (and say, ‘Pretty pleeease’ to your fiance) and the signature Tiffany bubbles, hearts and watches.
Other locations: BurJuman (04 351 1784); Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0655; Wafi (04 324 4959).

Damas: This popular jeweller prides itself on its quality gold creations. Damas was once associated with the more mature woman, but this is no longer the case; witness the appointment of Lebanese singing sensation Nancy Ajram as the face of the brand. Indeed all ends of the age spectrum from teens to their grandmothers will find something to get excited about at Damas. Prices go right across the board from Dhs600 to far more bank-breaking figures.Deira City Centre (04 295 3848; www.damasjewel.com).
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. All credit cards accepted. Other locations: Ibn Battuta Mall (04 366 9944); Jumeirah Emirates Towers Shopping Boulevard (04 330 3262); Lamcy Plaza (04 335 5177); Mercato (04 349 8833); Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888); Town Centre (04 344 0111); Wafi (04 323 4555) and branches throughout the city.

Dethar: The air in this accessory treasure trove is heavy with the scent of leather from the one-off bags and belts, while the glass cabinets are crammed with an array of earrings, chunky bangles and brooches. Popping in for a quick browse is impossible with so much to see. Everything in the shop comes from the creative minds of Lebanese designers, from the hand-painted ceramics to the crochet cardigans. An independent shop with a bounty of beautiful buys to pore over, this is a jewel in Al Ghazal’s crown.
Al Ghazal Mall, Al Diyafah Street (04 345 4403). Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. All major credit cards.

Dazzle: The air in this accessory treasure trove is heavy with the scent of leather from the one-off bags and belts, while the glass cabinets are crammed with an array of earrings, chunky bangles and brooches. Popping in for a quick browse is impossible with so much to see. Everything in the shop comes from the creative minds of Lebanese designers, from the hand-painted ceramics to the crochet cardigans. An independent shop with a bounty of beautiful buys to pore over, this is a jewel in Al Ghazal’s crown.
Al Ghazal Mall, Al Diyafah Street (04 345 3163). Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. All major credit cards.

Glitter: You don’t have to blow your budget when buying bling; just take a trip into Glitter and check out the Crislu collection of crystal rings and pendants. Those with money to burn however, should seek out Montblanc’s ‘Magic en blanc et noir’ jewellery collection, which consists of gleaming white freshwater pearls and black Tahitian pearls. A Montblanc necklace retails for around Dhs17,000 with matching earrings coming at Dhs9,000.
Al Ghazal Mall, Al Diyafah Street (04 345 4403). Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. All major credit cards.

Gold & Diamond Park: Gold is good value in this part of the world, but if you can’t be bothered to haggle in the souks head here instead. You’ll find about 30 retailers and over 120 manufacturers in this purpose-built structure designed to have a real old-world Arabian souk feel to it. In addition to purple, black and gold pearls, there’s all sorts of traditional and modern pieces of jewellery and you can also commission your own unique designs.
Interchange Four, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 347 7788; www.goldanddiamondpark.com). Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. All major credit cards.

Graff: Those with a predilection for diamonds should get on over to Graff where the focus is very much on a girl’s best friend. This hugely attractive shop is one of the few to produce, manufacture and retail its own gems, so the stunning range changes every day. The pieces are classically beautiful and elegant rather than garish.
Wafi (04 324 4221; www.graff diamonds.com). Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4.30pm-10pm. All major credit cards.

Kani Home: Superior Kashmiri goods include handmade silver jewellery among other goods such as brightly dyed silk kaftans and elaborate bedspreads, as well as genuine pashminas and antique Jamavar shawls, are all on offer at Kani home. The main draw however are the intricately detailed rugs that dominate the store with prices rising to Dhs150,000.
Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5408). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. All major credit cards.

Zoppini: Italian jewellers Zoppini have a reputation for using creative materials such as steel, rubber and leather in their individualistic, creative pieces. There are branches throughout Dubai, but we have a soft spot for the one in Mercato mall. Mercato (04 349 9477; www.zoppini.com).
Open Daily 10am-10pm; Fri 2pm-10pm. All major credit cards.. Other locations Al Ghurair City (04 234 0405 ); BurJuman (04 351 5395); Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5511).

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