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Aida Gems & Jewellery

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Aida Gems & Jewellery

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martinE620FC wrote a review Feb 2020
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
We were tricked into visiting Aida Gems & Jewellery shop for n Bentota. A con artist appeared at the temple in Kalutara who claimed he worked at our hotel,showed us two expensive looking rings allegedly for his wedding the next day. We were having problems with an offensive tuk tuk driver so agreed to travel with him instead but he led us not to a government general store but.....Aida. The pressure built from here on, they claim to be Buddhist’s and insist dress you dress up as if entering a holy place, shoes off! Next lots of chat about how famous they are, selling to our Queen, the Netherlands royal family etc etc. then letting you handle blue sapphires. The pressure builds and finally the sale when you ate asked to name price for your choice, then you are promised a huge discount but we are talking big numbers! Upon returning to our hotel in Kalutara we asked if the con man worked there, of course we had fallen for the whole story! Next day I returned to Aida to get a refund but they refused and wouldn’t move. I did trade up the earrings for a more valuable necklace for the original price BUT still felt cheated! Avoid at all costs....your cost I am going to post this on social media and see about a complaint to the Shri Lankan tourist police and their tourist board. Please contact me if you have had a similar experience. Martin & Ann. martin.skyrme@hotmail. Com
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Date of experience: February 2020
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David H wrote a review Feb 2020
Well, United Kingdom14 contributions16 helpful votes
These people use touts -"Hi i work at your hotel " then suck you in "i buy Budda Blue Sapphires for my wedding from a Government shop" You end up being taken to an independent store and bullied/pressured into buying,by which time your friend will have disappeared ,and left in a very threatening atmosphere.Even the sapphires are of poor quality .A real racquet and not a good advert for Sri Lankan tourism.The sad thing is the charade they play with Buddist shrines/no shoes or bare legs and talk of Karma ..hypocrites..they only want YOUR money.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Simona Ž wrote a review Jan 2020
Watford, United Kingdom36 contributions16 helpful votes
Avoid this place! It is just another tuk tuk scam. Its hard to leave without buying anything because they push you hard to buy. We refused to pay high prices and then they reduced prices but we managed not to buy anything (thanks God!). What annoys me the most is that they work together with tuk tuk scammer and tell lies to people about Galle Fort being closed etc. Go to legit places in Galle Fort or buy jewellery from the hotels and avoid this place by all means.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Noor wrote a review Jan 2020
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We were scammed Hard! I took a ring that was apparently 1550$ But got it for 1000$ which I was so happy about but then discovered when I got the certificate that it is 14K gold not 18K and when I got it priced they said it is not worth more than 500$!! We also got a pendant that we custom designed and when we took it the next day they told us the chain is not included even though we discussed the length of the chain the day prior and when we insisted on what we discussed they gave us a chain and we found out that it is not the white gold chain we paid for and they gave us a silver chain instead!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Ben Jawson wrote a review Dec 2019
Stanmore, United Kingdom2 contributions
i was in Aida Gems in bentota sri lanka 2nd December,they started from gem musium , work shop and gem cutting process. my intention is not to purchase anything but the way they assist, service, presentations my mind force into buy something ,so ended with nice blue sapphire ring for my wife, she wasn’t with me when i buy that. she was very happy. also i should say about the price it is very reasonable. how i come to know about reasonable price when i back home,i went for insurance its says 35% more than what i paid there. i am very happy. if anyone want to buy any gem or jewellery i am recommend to all AIDA GEMS.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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