I don't know about you but Gram does spend some time and money in the shops. She hates the at sea tee shirt sales and watch sales , but does get into the inch of gold and loose stones. Always looking for something special she can bring to the kids.
We have found that at quiet times the shop clerks can be very interesting to talk to
and service is usually excellent. What are your stories and experiences with on board
Another catagory each day or so.
They have these spools of chain, various styles and weights, of gold-PLATED stuff, usually 1 or 2 dollars per inch, that they cut and then add clasps - voilá - a necklace/bracelet. IMHO - they LOOK ok, but don't last too long - clasps seem to break easily and I've heard some complain that the plating doesn't last very long - You get what you pay for...
They are lifetime guaranteed and they do in fact stand by it. Gram brought one back a couple of years later and they gave her a new one. Gram no longer travels with her better jewelry (we leave it at the Tower of London along with her crown and septor). As such a few cheap but not bad looking bracelets, necklaces and ankle bracelets from inch of gold gets her by. (and keeps her out of the REAL jewelry shops).
I've worn one of those 18" necklaces every day for several years, no problem. I gave the matching bracet to my daughter who also wears it night and day and the plating has held up perfectly. Some of the chains are of very interesting designs that would cost a fortune in 14K gold, some of the widest ones ared $4 an inch but they're impressive!
I agree with you Papa Bill, those clerks can be very interesting and some have a definite sense of humor! Some of their merchandise is very nice too, and really affordable, f.ex. a 3-stone blue-topax ring set in sterling silver for $38, not bad! And the compliments I get on it!!!