COZUMEL, MEXICO: Silver
It may be tempting to lie on the white-sand beaches and slurp down margaritas all day, but if a shell necklace isn't exactly the keepsake you are hoping for, shell out for some silver instead. There are lovely bangles in many of the shops around San Miguel, and we recommend trying Los Cinco Soles and Joyería Palancar. Wherever you buy your silver, be sure to check for the stamp of authenticity that reads .925 (or higher). You want your skin to tan, not to turn green.

Joyería Palancar
Avenida Rafael Melgar no. 15
011-52-987-872-1468


Los Cinco Soles
Avenida Rafael Melgar no. 27
011-52-987-872-0132
www.loscincosoles.com


HONG KONG: Pearls
Women know many things - how to walk in four-inch heels, for instance, and how to spend more time in the bathroom than a plumber. Women also know that there is nothing as classy as a string of pearls. Pearls are as noncontroversial as ice cream and free manicures. You can bargain for freshwater and saltwater pearls in Hong Kong's bustling open-air markets, but always pay careful attention to their luster, size, color, and roundness. K.S. Sze & Sons in the Mandarin Oriental hotel has high-quality pearls for much lower than what you'd pay stateside, though you won't be able to haggle over the price. Ditto at Lane Crawford, a huge high-end fashion specialty store. The beauties won't come cheap, but you can't put a price on class, now, can you?

K.S. Sze & Sons
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
5 Connaught Road
011-852-2820-4202

www.kssze.com

Lane Crawford
IFC Mall, Podium Three
8 Finance Street, Central
011-852-2118-3388

www.lanecrawford.com