Gold prices too high and you still want something shiny? Take advantage of being in Dubai and just dip it ! The spot price of silver per troy ounce (around 31 grams) is only US dollars 40.00, compared to the gold price currently US dollars 1791 per troy ounce.
You could take any silver piece of jewellery or buy something new such a chain or simple bracelet from a silver shop in Meena Bazaar. House of Silver is a very well established and reputable shop, select your item, have it weighed, pay the going silver rate and then take it round the corner to Royal Crown Jewellery who’ll give you an idea of the cost of dipping your item or really gold plating it for you. Gold dipping is quite common in Dubai. If they’re not busy, they can do a same day service (sometimes takes only an hour or two, that you can spend having a snack at Rangoli Café on Cosmos Lane or simply browse around the fabric and accessory shops in Meena Bazaar)
And voila you have a new gold bauble, albeit dipped. In the past I have done this with silver ear rings, and a bracelet, the shine tends to wear off after a while but the dull mat gold finish look is fine and very affordable! It’s a great idea for making a really unique present for someone too and very practical if you’re travelling and don’t feel comfortable wearing real jewellery. Leave it to Royal Crown Jewellery to tell you whether your item is suitable for gold dipping or not and do take any jewellery that needs repairing and repolishing, all this costs a fraction of what it would in a Western European country. Take advantage of the long awaited cooler weather coming our way soon and get out and about in Meena Bazaar. Gold Dipping Jewellery is fun and easy, a good idea to do in Dubai.
House of Silver for silver jewellery and gift articles, Meena Bazaar in Bur Dubai, Tel 04 359 0073
Royal Crown Jewellery
Near Raymond Showroom, in Meena Bazaar, Bur Dubai (straight on from House of Silver and turn left at Lobo tailors at the end of the road)
To get to Bur Dubai,
Turn right at the Dolphin Hotel on Khalid Bin Waleed Road (past the Bur Juman Mall) and park in one of the parking areas (Dhs 10.00 per hour)
Do wear sensible shoes and remember nothing is open till 10 am and there is a split shift system operating in this area, so all shops are shut between 1.30 and 4.30pm. AVOID ALL TOUTS tempting you to look at handbags, perfumes etc, just blank them and continue walking. Bur Dubai like most of Dubai is very safe but do dress sensibly.
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