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Giving Thanks To Cardow Jewelers — An Island Gem

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Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

November, 2021

Ask a St. Thomas resident to recommend a reputable jewelry store. The answer you’ll hear again and again is “Cardow Jewelers.”

A celebrated Virgin Islands landmark for seven decades, the history of Cardow Jewelers dates back to 1954

Founded by the late William ‘Bill’ Dowling and his former business partner, Claude Caron, the store’s name was formed from the first three letters of each gentleman’s surname.

Because he strongly believed jewelry to be an art form, once Bill Dowling acquired full ownership of the business, he transformed the gift shop into a glorious retail destination specializing in quality jewelry at duty-free prices.

interior of cardow jewelry store in charlotte amalie

Above: The handsomely appointed 6,000 sq. ft. showroom at Cardow Jewelers features attractive displays that make shopping sheer pleasure.

Top of the page: The Cardow collection of Island Jewelry features the distinctive cutout profile of all three U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dowling — one of the most unassuming and well-loved entrepreneurs in the U.S. Virgin Islands — remained active with the company until his passing in 2003. 

Today, the Cardow legacy survives as one of the oldest single-family-run local jewelers in the Caribbean.

Keenly in tune with the customers’ tastes and interests, Cardow created Commemorative Virgin Islands watches for men and women. First introduced in 2012 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of St. Thomas Carnival, the timepieces are locally assembled in the Virgin Islands. 

True works of art, the chronograph sub-dials feature the outlines of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Bestsellers are the VI Pro Diver line. Every detail — from the Sapphire Crystal to the Superluminova markers — contributes to the quality and precise luxury of this sport timepiece, perfect for deep-sea diving in Caribbean waters.

Another award-winning attraction in the sparkling showcases is the Cardow collection of Island Jewelry. At first blush, the original handcrafted pieces seem to have an art deco flair. Look more closely. You will discover the distinctive cutout profile of the three Virgin Islands: St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix.

the exterior entrance door to cardow jewelry store in charlotte amalie st thomas

Above: Cardow Jewelers is located at the beginning of Main Street adjacent to Post Office Square.

If you are under the impression Cardow Jewelers moves toward the future in style while honoring island history, how right you are! No wonder the commemorative jewelry and watch lines from Cardow are a special point of pride for Virgin Islanders. 

In addition to Main Street, Cardow shops are also located at Crown Bay Center and in the Cyril E. King Airport. Click the location links above to view in Google Maps.

For additional information, visit cardow.com 
or call 776-1140.


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