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Kays Fine Jewelry

Welcome to Kay’s Fine Jewelry! We look forward to this opportunity to share with you our passion for exquisite jewelry and fine timepieces. In 1989, Dan and Raj Chugani set out to build a fine jewelry business unlike any other in the Caribbean. The Foundation of the business would be to offer luxury jewelry backed by the promise of exceptional quality and service. Excellence in customer service and superior products at unmatched prices were the principles that the Chugani brothers believed in. Come and visit us and experience the ultimate jewelry shopping experience that keeps bringing our clients back year after year and have helped us celebrate 25 years in the Caribbean. We carry some of the largest inventories in GIA Certified loose Diamonds, Blue Diamonds, Chocolate Brown Diamonds, Fancy Yellow and Pink Diamonds, Black Diamonds, Tanzanites, Rubies, Emeralds and Sapphires as well as exquisite Pink Mother of Pearl Jewelry. We carry fine Swiss Timepieces such as Hublot, Chopard, Bulgari, Corum, Tissot, Gucci, Michael Kors, Ball Watch, Citizen, Seiko, Swatch, and many more. Our Fine Designer Jewelry brands include Hearts on Fire, Mikimoto, Chopard, Bulgari, Gucci, Michael Kors, and many more. Kay's Fine Jewelry has multiple locations in Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and St. Kitts.

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Ashburry's / Liverpool Row

This is a local branch of a chain of luxury-goods stores based on St. Maarten. This well-respected emporium sells fragrances, fine porcelain, Baccarat crystal, designer handbags, watches, and jewelry

, 869 465 8175

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Island Hopper

in the heart of town is a very special store. It sells original, unique quality products many of which are designed or made in house. From handcrafts to duty free silks from linens to sensational sarongs, from casual island style to men’s casual shirts. Island Hopper – The BIG SHOP in the little island.

, 869/465-2905

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TDC MAll

TDC Mall has several stores set in an attractive courtyard near The Circus in Basseterre. They offer a variety of souvenirs and clothing from beach dresses to rasta hats and sandals.

Basseterre , 465-9640

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Caribelle Batik

Old Road is a world class historical, botanical and shopping experience. Batik fabrics created on the premises are fashioned into a sensational range of ladies and men’s clothing. This is a truly beautiful shop, uniquely set in two acres of botanical gardens.Internationally acclaimed, Romney Manor awaits you.

Basseterre , 869-465-6253

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Pelican Mall

Pelican Mall is on Bay Road which contains some two dozen shops. Opened in 1991, it also offers banking services, a restaurant, a philatelic bureau, and the administrative offices of the St. Kitts Tourist Office.

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Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar Inc. is fashion designed by Judith C Rawlins since1994. The designs are simple,effortless, yet stunning and artistic with creativity fused with a splash of vivacious elegance depicting colours of a pulsating Caribbean mood.

Bay Road Basseterre , 869-466-4664

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Money & Costs
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)

Introduction
Main attractions of St Kitts & Nevis are water sports, rainforests, spectacular mountains, lush tropical greenery, deep-sea fishing, golf, tennis, a casino (on St. Kitts), beaches, quiet bays, friendly people and historical sites.
If you want beautiful scenery and above-average beaches (excellent on Nevis), or if you are interested in history and relaxation, St. Kitts and Nevis are for you. Don't expect to find a lot of action, deluxe shopping or a wide variety of nightlife.
St. Kitts and Nevis lie in the north-eastern corner of the Caribbean, about 190miles/305km east of Puerto Rico. The two islands form the smallest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Geography: St Kitts (officially known as St Christopher) lies in the northern part of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean. The high central body of the island is made up of three groups of rugged volcanic peaks split by deep ravines.
Vegetation on central mountain range is rainforest, thinning higher up to dense bushy cover. From here the island's volcanic crater, Mt Liamuiga, rises to almost 1,200m (4,000ft).
The foothills form a gently rolling landscape of sugarcane plantations and grassland, while uncultivated lowland slopes are covered with thick tropical woodland and exotic fruits such as papaya, mangoes, avocados, bananas and breadfruit.

When To Go
Pleasant year round. From November through May, daytime temperatures are generally in the 70s-80sF/20-31C. It's rainier, cloudier and hotter from July to October. Hurricanes are also possible July-October but the islands have had pretty good luck in avoiding severe storms - except in 1995 when it was struck by two hurricanes. Nevis is more directly in the flow of the trade winds and is usually cooler than St. Kitts.

Food
Local foods include pork, lobster, conch, goat water (a meat and vegetable stew), fresh fish, jerk chicken (a spicy Jamaican dish), pepper pot peas, pawpaws (papayas), yams, pumpkins and such fruits as soursop and mammy apples. Be sure to try some jelly water, the juice of local coconuts.

Overview
St. Kitts and Nevis have long had the reputation of being sleepy Caribbean islands but the nap may be over. In recent years tourism has been boosted, not least by a new cruise-ship terminal.
Although St. Kitts and Nevis are only about 2miles/3 km apart, they have different personalities.
St. Kitts is the larger of the two and has more people. Basseterre is livelier and the center for shopping and dining. It also has more resorts, though they tend to be family-run small operations.
Nevis is quaint, more expensive and peppered with upscale lodgings, including the Four Seasons, one of the tiniest resorts in the Caribbean. It also has several luxurious inns in restored plantation houses.
The history of the island nation, like that of so many in the Caribbean, is filled with conflict and violence. The Carib Indians inhabited the islands when the first British colonists arrived in 1623.
The islands are the oldest British settlement in the Caribbean - St. Kitts was known as Britain's Mother Colony of the West Indies.
When French settlers arrived a short time later, the Caribs decided enough was enough and prepared for battle. The results were not as they had hoped. In 1629, more than 2,000 Caribs were slaughtered at what's now called Bloody Point on St. Kitts.
The French and British then faced off for the right to control the islands' fertile sugarcane fields. The British won out and the islands officially became a British colony in 1783.
In the 1950s and 1960s, St. Kitts and Nevis were politically joined with Anguilla, though all three were still colonies.
Anguilla left the alliance in 1971 as St. Kitts and Nevis moved toward independence, a status achieved in 1983.

Facts At A Glance
Official Name: Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis.
Area: St Kitts: 168.4sq km (65.1sq miles). Nevis: 93.2sq km (36sq miles). Total area: 261.6sq km (101.1sq miles).
Capitals: Basseterre, St. Kitts; Charlestown, Nevis.
Population: St. Kitts 35,000; Nevis 9,000.
Government: Consitutional monarchy since 1983. Won independence from the UK in 1983. Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Governor General Sir Cuthbert Montroville Sebastian since 1996. Head of Government: Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas since 1995.
Language: English.
Economy: Agriculture, tourism.
Government: Democratic.
Religions: Protestant, Catholic.
Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). 100 cents = EC$1. U.S. dollars widely accepted. Most major credit cards and traveler's checks accepted in tourist-oriented establishments.
Time Zone: 4 hours behind GMT. Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Telecommunications: Good. Area code is 869.
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 60Hz; some hotels have 110 volts.
Weights & measures: Imperial
Airport Departure Tax:Yes

Public Holidays: 1 January (New Year's Day), Good Friday, Easter Monday, 1 May (Labor Day), Whit Monday, 15 June (Queen's Birthday), August Monday, 19 September (Independence Day), Thanksgiving (late November), 25 December (Christmas Day) and 26 December (Boxing Day).

Events: On St Kitts, the biggest event is the week-long Carnival, held from December 24 to January 2. Celebrated with calypso contests, costumed street dances and steel band music.
Last week in June, the four-day St Kitts Music Festival brings together top-name soca, salsa and jazz performers from throughout the Caribbean.
Nevia has a week-long Culturama in late July-early August with music, crafts, parades and cultural events.

Random Stuff
The first Olympic athletes from St. Kitts and Nevis (two of them) performed at the 1996 summer games in Atlanta.
With only 44,000 people, St. Kitts and Nevis is the smallest nation in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1929, two years after his great Atlantic crossing, Charles Lindbergh landed his seaplane off Pinney's Beach, bringing the first air-mail delivery to the islands.
More than 390 shipwrecks lie in the depths of the waters surrounding St. Kitts and Nevis. Most of them were sunk between 1492 and 1825 and only a small fraction of them have yet been identified and explored.
Singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading was born on St. Kitts.
Diving is more challenging on the rougher Atlantic side than on the Caribbean side. The best diving is found about 2miles/3km offshore.
Sugar is still the primary crop on St. Kitts, accounting for about 60% of all exports. About a quarter of the people have jobs related to sugar production.
The U.S.-owned Trinity Broadcasting Co. operates a Christian TV station on Nevis.
Before taking photographs of local residents do ask for their permission or they get upset.
Two fun events on St. Kitts are the Music Festival in late June and Carnival in late December-early January.
The big event on Nevis is Culturama in late July-early August, a five-day celebration commemorating the emancipation of slaves in the British West Indies.
St. Kitts and Nevis have one of the highest employment rates in the Caribbean..

Dining
St. Kitts has a surprisingly wide variety of excellent restaurants, with prices to match but only one fast-food chain, KFC. Be sure to try some of the unusual fruits, such as soursoup and mammy apples. They are often used, along with bananas, mangos, coconuts and passion fruit, with fresh spices and herbs as marinades and sauces for chicken, fish and meat dishes. Seafood, of course, is king - flying-fish sandwiches and conch, served every which way, are excellent choices.

Shopping
Shopping Hours: Monday-Saturday 8 am-4 pm. Some of the smaller shops close for lunch, generally noon to 1 pm. Many shops also close on Thursday afternoons. Bargaining is not common on St. Kitts, except at the public market and with beach vendors.

 

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