Plans are made, tickets are booked and then there is little more to do – other than pack the bags and head to Auckland Airport to wing your way to an exciting destination.
Anticipation mounts when you wander through the duty-free shops, contemplating a purchase that is devoid of GST and packed with prestige. Hang on – rewind. International travellers can frequent local businesses with duty-free licenses, where customers can take time to plan a purchase and enjoy greater flexibility.
For many years, Village Jeweller in the heart of Howick has arranged duty-free shopping for discerning clientele looking for a unique piece that creates a story and enhances their sojourn.
Artisan designer, Chris Schweder says people can start the consultation process about six weeks before they fly out and collect the completed jewellery when they depart from Auckland Airport.
“It’s exciting being part of the travel plans when people include a surprise piece for a significant anniversary, engagement or just because,” says Chris.
Chris and his consulting team work with customers to identify colours, precious metals and ideas the gallant plotter may have in mind.
“When planning a surprise, our design process is assisted with a few photographs of the wearer and maybe some items of jewellery they already love.”
The advantage of having jewellery designed with Village Jeweller is that any slight alterations for sizing can be completed when the couple return to New Zealand.
And, clients know they are entering into more than a faceless shopping experience for a commodity.
Rather, they are working with a craftsman to create something they love that is an exclusive reflection of them.
Of course, many items are planned collaboratively, with the wearer involved in every step of the process.
Duty-free wedding rings can also be purchased at Village Jeweller and collected at the airport either on the way to an overseas wedding destination or the honeymoon.
Ask Chris about the ways and means of having your wedding rings and getting duty-free purchasing power, too.
Just like travelling for dental treatment or cosmetic surgery – the savings made by buying a significant piece without the GST can significantly off-set the cost of travelling.
“Imagine the fun of completing the formalities with immigration and then arriving at the duty-free collection point to collect that something special to make that holiday momentously memorable,” Chris says.
“We love the mystique and excitement of contributing to that special moment.”