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Jewellers in Chennai

I will be spending a few days in Chennai in February. I wondered whether anyone can reccommend any Jewellers' shops where I can purchase a gold necklace for my wife.

Will it be necessary to negoiate the final price,as appears to be the custom in India.

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Just visit T nagar area near Pangal Park.There are so many Jewellers like Thangamaligai,Prince Jewellery, etc..Visit these shops where you get a necklace of your liking.Ofcourse you can negotiate the price but they may give you discount on 'making charges"only.Some Jewellers ask if you need a official receipt,if you don't need then they don't add the tax amount.

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gold jewellery is priced by weight. the day's rate is published at the billing counter, everyone pays that rate.

to the weight, a per-gram labour charge is added as 'making charge'. on this component, if you haggle back and forth, you will get a discount. the net benefit of this haggling over, say, a 20000-30000 rupee necklace will be about 1000 rupees. i've stopped doing it, but my mum and aunts go through it.

there are several jewellery stores in chennai, where gold is fought over at sales counters. there is so much demand, that it is sometimes difficult to GET salesmen to show you what you want to see. T Nagar and Cathedral Road have good stores, and there are some under the Anna Salai flyover. The other place is near Music Academy.

The store with the big crowds for traditional Indian jewellery is GRT (G R Thanga Maaliagai). GRT is in T Nagar, they have a gold and silver outlet. They now have a specialised diamond section. My personal recommendation is Prince Jewellers which has an upstairs section devoted to antique/traditional royal gold jewellery. These have beautiful South Indian designs, try the ruby sets. Khazana at T Nagar has the best service and the designs tend to be new. If you are not Indian, try Jaipur Gems on Cathedral Road. They have polki/kundan jewellery of North India. Having shopped for multiple weddings in the family in Chennai, I could go on an on about the virtues and problems of every single shop, but I better stop!

- Deepa

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All jewellery stores prefer cash payment.

In some shops, paying by credit card is more expensive than paying cash (they will add the 2 and a half percentage that the card company charges them, to the cost of your bill).

In some stores there is the concept of a 'pucca' bill (an official bill/invoice) versus a 'kaccha' bill (just handwritten note that you've bought something from them). The pucca bill is part of their official declaration of income to the tax is authorities. If you don't want the bill, then some stores are willing to discount more. I have seen this happen at the very high end jewellery purchase, and at the low end, and not in the middle.

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