Dear Love and Milan and Family,
Norm and I enjoyed every visit to St. Martin with the highlight always being spending time with you, watching your children grow from toddlers to adulthood, and witnessing the growth of your business from the Gold Mine days to Jewels By Love! You always took the time to educate us about your product lines and treated us so fairly. My jewelry box holds a lot of cherished memories!
When I reflect upon the fabric of our lives together, I hold dear to me the threads of your friendship. I will never forget you and hope to visit again some day. Until then, I wish you well as you rebuild all that was lost in the hurricane.
Fondly and sincerely,
Mary Ellen Kaye
- Mary Ellen Kaye
Love’s sincere care for anyone who steps into his boutique.
I have made purchases in the past through Jewels by Love. Interacting with the staff is a phenomenal experience. They are the most knowledgeable I have ever experienced in haute horology. With my last cruise, I stopped by to say ‘hi’, and in the process happened upon the unbelievable fortune to meet Love. I can’t articulate all of the adjectives and superlatives that would characterize Love’s passion and knowledge! What stands out the most though is Love’s sincere care for anyone who steps into his boutique. He engenders trustworthy relationships. His son, Rish, has the same approach (in addition to the staff). I will, no doubt, continue to purchase my timepieces from Jewels By Love. My sincere thanks to Love, Rish, and the entire staff for valuing quality and enduring relationships. All the best...
- Danny Johnson
I have bought 2 Patek watches from Rish. The first I bought by chance when we were cruising and jewels by Love happened to have the exact watch I was looking for. My wife and I were pleased with the patience Rish showed while we left the shop to have a coffee and decide whether I should buy. 3 years later after pestering Rish for my second Patek it was delivered to England. I cannot fault the service I received and Rish you are a great guy! Will I be buying a third Patek, not yet, when I do I will back to Jewels by Love and Rish. I will always recommend them to people who want to buy special time pieces.
- Kevin Smith
We visited St. Martin in 2019 and met Rish and family while shopping on front street. He was very personable and professional. We ended up purchasing a ladies annual calendar from Rish. He is a man of his word and delivered a beautiful watch for my wife's birthday! Look forward to a longterm relationship. I can't recommend them highly enough!
- Juan Carlos Bustos
I hope this email finds you well and in good health.
I have been many many watch shop all over the world but visiting this place was the most memorable. The kindness, the attention to details and the helpfulness was just out of this world . I had a conversation with Mr. Love for 1,5 hours and i remember every words of it!
Id like to thank you for treating me like a loyal costumer who you’d know for many years . I do hope my path leads to Philipsburg one more time im my life.
- Sabi Csitari
You have a great sales team and I would like to commend them.
This IWC was my first timepiece and I'm excited to grow my collection in the future.
Rish, I would like to acknowledge Mohit and Jharna as they were great to work with. I'm in sales myself and I appreciate how they handled the transaction. They were not pushy at all, provided accurate information and built credibility very quickly, and they were very personable. They also made me very confident in purchasing the piece right on the spot. You have a great sales team and I would like to commend them.
Thanks again for everything, and I will be in touch in the future!
- Wesley Hernandez
Jewels by Love the perfect place for lovers of fine timepieces
Good morning Love,
I and the family are safely back in the United States after a wonderful visit in Sint Maarten.
I do regret not getting to see you while there, but our telephone conversation let me know you are well and as vigorous as ever making Jewels by Love the perfect place for lovers of fine timepieces.
Bob took such wonderful care and attention with Jeanine and her decision with Nomos. He was so thoughtful and detailed in all his explanations…at least the ones I observed as I wanted the experience to be almost exclusively Jeanine’s. As they engaged over the watch I took in the beauty of the new store and admired several timepieces myself. Everyone in the store was simply wonderful and gracious as I meandered. I also tried several watches myself in the line Jeanine chose. This line is extraordinary in its potential as an up and comer that will impact the industry. I expect you are doing very well with it.
Jeanine’s decision on the timepiece and bands is an excellent one. She is very taken with it and I’m certain she will wear it with pride of ownership and fond memories for years to come. I can’t thank you and Bob enough for that.
Continue to do well my friend. As always I will think of you as a truly kind and unique person and send everyone I know who visits the island to visit with you and experience what it means to be in the cradle of a true timepiece master and wonderful people.
- Michael Thomas
We were drawn inside your store and we were treated as Royalty.
Not too often we come across people in our lives who impact them as you did to my wife and I. It all began with my curiousity for outstanding timepieces and Bob who took his precious time to come out and explain his passion For Patek Philippe. We were drawn inside your store and we were treated as Royalty. We felt we were the most important people The love and passion from Bob was captivating and made the time listening pass by so quickly. Once you introduced yourself we felt even more important. In a matter of a few minutes we felt we were part of the family. We shared your passion for wrist watches and even shared personal information about cherished friends and more importantly, your family. On a more personal note, you showed your interest in our own personal lives. As I mentioned in my opening remarks, we come across people in our lives not out of circonstances but for a specific reason. I believe this to be even more true today. Despite the miles between us I will always cherish that afternoon in your store and I look forward to coming back and become a Patek Philippe family member. Thank you Love for your unconditional dedication to your knowledge and passion and my wife and I wish you and your entire family a Happy New Year.
Gina and Mario, Canada
- Gina and Mario
Stopped by the store while on our recent cruise. Expected to spend a few minutes ogling the amazing collection. Three hours later, we had received a thorough educational and non-pressured education on haute horology, with emphasis on the Breguet line. Thank you, Love! Although we didn't buy a watch, this time, I expect that we might do so in the future.
- Charlie & Colleen W.
The magic of 'Love'
Good day, Love, from Ottawa, Canada
We have been home from St. Maarten/St. Martin for a week now and every day I reflect on our time with you in your store. I feel it’s a story to share yet it is beyond my verbal skills to communicate exactly how I felt, how you made me feel, to make people understand the magic of you, Love.
You left an indelible mark on my soul. Time spent with friends or loved ones, or even strangers, are now events to celebrate with introspection, not taken for granted. You welcomed us into your store, the home of your passion, your familial history. We received an education on timepieces, on pride of quality, design and manufacture.
You welcomed us to your table sharing libation the island way and even the entrance of old, valued clients didn’t distract you from your time spent with us. I believe too often we tend to discard one person in favor for another, whatever the reason, instead of treating each as unique and special in their own right and worthy of your time.
I shared the story of your wristwatch that day, the 1921 classic. My friend had seen it on a TV show, Antiques Roadshow, which allowed us to compare notes. They matched!
All this to say, we are thankful you chose to open the store that Saturday morning, giving us the opportunity to be ‘touched’ by Love.
Cheryl & Ed Batchelor
- Cheryl & Ed Batchelor
Clients Graced by New Love Relationship
Is this the 21st century counterpart to the time when pocket watch gave way to wrist watch? There are many today who eschew the wrist watch in favor of the so-called smart watch. Not at Jewels by Love!
While honeymooning in St Martin, Jill Sidebottom and I had the good fortune to meet, enjoy, and learn the history and passions of horology 2017 from the shop owner, Love himself -- an unrivaled life experience! Thanks, Love, for the dinner reservations you arranged and champagne toast offered at Ocean 82 -- you are a special man! Special thanks also to Manick -- beware his self-effacing moniker of mere gem-setter for he is a fine time-piece purveyor extraordinaire; and, forget not Bhavesh, young apprentice technologically adept and notably proficient at distracting hubby while Manick surreptitiously bejewels wifey!
Oh, did I mention, we left with a watch for Jill's daughter, Alyssa, Jill is but a caretaker.
- Mark & Jill Sidebottom
Great Store, Great People!
Rish, Bob, Manick and Co. were a joy to work with. They are all very informative and passionate about horology. I was welcomed with open arms in their Philipsburg St Maarten store. I went in looking for a specific piece and left a happy customer. They have a very laid back and no pressure approach to selling, which is very admirable. You'll feel right at home with this establishment.
- Mike B
A moment of grace
One can easely buy timepieces, but few can be lucky enough to be taught about the legends , the art making of swiss watches and, above all, to have the Jewels by love's customers experience!
Thank you Mr Mathani for sharing with us your stories, your impressive knowledge and above all, your passion.
We were honored to make your aquaintance, and are conviced that our paths will meet again!
- Sylvia & Stephanie Bapte
Best Jewelry/Timepiece store!
Being a young man in my early twenties I often find that jewelers often have a hard time taking me seriously. My fascination with horology drew me into the store where I was astonished by the great collection of timepieces carried. Rish & Bob were very kind when I entered. Bob and I spoke for several hours and he was very informative about everything in the store. I felt good that he had a great interest in the customer as well as was very knowledgeable of the timepieces carried. You can really feel their genuine love, no pun intended. I look forward to returning to purchase when my time is right. Best experience by far!
Thank you and God bless.
- Christopher Meier
A few years ago I was in St Martin on a cruise and wandered into one of Love’s stores. As a watch geek, I was in paradise. I had never seen a store - before or since - that had every top brand under one roof. Although I didn’t buy a watch that day, Love and Sandy gave me the VIP treatment, and in the process gave me a masters degree in fine timepieces. They spent two or three hours with me, explaining what makes a Breguet a Breguet vs what makes a Patek a Patek. Their passion was contagious, and I have not looked at watches the same ever since. Great store with great people.
PS Ive been concerned about them after the hurricanes and wish them the best in their recovery.
- Mike Boeckeler
I had come to Jewels by Love on a cruise, my friend was introducing me to the world of fine timepieces. We had stopped by and talked to Rish who spent an hour explaining the virtues of a Lange Sohne watch piece. I was very impressed with Rish as he explained the piece to me, being an absolute beginner at this. Rish was very patient with me and my questions.His passion for his work was very impressive to me and my friend. We felt no pressure by Rish to buy, but he was happy to explain all
the virtues of the Lange Sohne watch that had caught my eye. We had left the shop without purchasing anything, and looked around for a few more watches on St. Maarten. 6 months later we were back at St. Maarten, and our first, and only, stop was to Jewels By Love. We met Love, his wife and Rish and felt very comfortable, again. I ended up purchasing the Lange Sohne, and could not be happier. The entire experience was just amazing! The entire family is just a pleasure to talk to and be around. It is a relationship that has a fantastic foundation built on trust and understanding. Very impressed with the entire experience. We thank you for everything that you have done for us. A wonderful place to do business. We will be back for sure.
Mark & Nancy Murray
- Mark Murray
Bob + Rish + M. LOVE = Plaisir
J’ai aujourd’hui fait l’aquisition d’une Lange 1815 up/down. Ce fut le moment fort d’une aventure qui a débuté 12 mois auparavant.
Retour en arrière....
Parti pour m’acheter un objectif photographique, je décide de faire une petite halte chez ce revendeur que je ne connaissais pas encore. J’étais très simplement habillé d’un bermuda et d’un tee shirt. J’ai demandé à essayer une 1815. Bob, me sortit la montre sans hésiter, sans aucun à priori. Rish est venu et s’est entretenu avec moi comme si nous nous connaissions avec une très grande confiance et un très grand respect dans l’échange.
Très satisfait du contact, je leur ai fait alors la promesse de franchir le pas de l’achat de cette pièce avec eux.
Quelques mois plus tard, et après des moments difficiles pour eux (les ouragans), je décide de reprendre contact avec eux par téléphone... Bob me reconnaît et est capable de dire comment le moment s’était déroulé; je suis bluffé. Il m’a accompagné dans mes derniers choix et a toujours répondu très rapidement à mes interrogations.
Douze mois plus tard, je me vois accueilli avec grand respect et humilité par Monsieur LOVE. Passionné par son métier et les montres, il passe d’anecdotes en anecdotes. C’était un plaisir et un honneur... j'étais Malheureusement contraint par le temps, mais j’aurais aimé rester plus longtemps.
Bob a tout fait avec grand soin et m’a laissé enlever les plastiques de protection afin de bien vivre ce moment. J’ai été choyé...
J’ai aimé et je recommande très fortement ce revendeur de hautes horlogeries.
C'est une tres belle équipe avec qui je poursuivrai mon chemin. Pourquoi allez voir ailleurs?!!!
Merci Monsieur LOVE
“Love” my Lange
I was in the market for a new dress watch and had gravitated towards a Vacheron. I started communicating with Rish and was preparing to buy one when I visited on my cruise.
I worked with Rish for weeks in advance and then for several hours in the store before leaving with an A Lange & Shone Saxonia in white gold.
I’m in love with this watch and would not have bought it if it were not for the experience with Rish. His knowledge and patience gave me the confidence to make this major purchase and I couldn’t be happier. Happier than I now know I would have been with a Vacheron. Rish took the time to understand me, my tastes and collection and helped me find the perfect addition.
- Charles C
I am a very skeptical person, so this is for the people like me. They are very knowledgeable and don’t push you to buy something you aren’t head over heels for. I purchased an Oris watch with them and couldn’t be happier that they not only had the style I was looking for, but they spent over half and hour talking to me and allowing me to research the product on my own so that I was 100% confident. I went to the Philipsburg store, so if you’re looking for a watch in Sint Maarten I suggest making this your first stop.
- Mathew Gonzalez
Best store on the island! Exceptional treatment and amazing employees! Check them out!
- Tahir Khan Lodhi
My wife sat there the whole time and listened and was actually interested, that’s never happened before!!
Just back from our Christmas cruise and wanted to let people know how great this business is!! I had done a little research prior to leaving on our cruise and definitely want to check this place out, I was wanting a Patek timepiece. My wife and i had gotten off the ship a little early and was wandering around waiting for the store to open, i think we were the first ones in that morning, we started our journey just kinda looking around but then got to the Patek section and didn’t leave that area for 5 hours. Met with Love and started talking about my small collection of watches Omegas, Breitling, Rolex and some others, never once did he say anything bad about them just shared the differences, my wife sat there the whole time and listened and was actually interested, that’s never happened before!! There was never any pressure to purchase anything Love just wanted to share his passion and knowledge, which is endless. I did end up purchasing a Patek, but only after looking at 5 different models, Love didn’t want me to just settle to say i own a Patek he wanted me to wear it and be happy, which i am very much. I said it in the store and will say it again, Thank You!!
- Chris McAlister
Dear Love,again I want to thankyou, for the time you spent with me recently at your store in Philipsburg.
Dear Love,again I want to thankyou, for the time you spent with me recently at your store in Philipsburg.I wish I could have spent many more hours with you. I learned so much about the watch industry! I was fascinated with the information you shared. Actually ,meeting you was the highlight of my trip! I also gave your business card to the watch representative on the ship and he expressed interest in meeting you. Thanks,again,for the memorable experience. Sincerely,Pete Sonich
PS Good Health
- Pete Sonich
Best Watch Retailer
If you are in the market to acquire a premium timepiece, whether in the Caribbean or your hometown, there is no one more knowledgeable and patient than Love. He is by far one of the world's premiere experts on horology. I have been going to St.Martin for many years and get frustrated by the high pressure sales approach by the other retailers. You will never feel pressured by Love or his staff. Love will educate you and make sure you are matched to the right product. If you should not buy anything, you won't be frowned upon because they know building a loyal client is one who will return and buy something in the future. They invest in you as a long term client and make you feel welcome. They will even ship to your city.
- Brian G from Toronto
Knowledge is power and power is timeless!
Dear Love & Staff,
Life has a way of becoming more interesting and intense. Our time shared with you and your staff was a powerful experience.
You have heightened our understanding of precious timepieces. Knowledge is Power and Power is Timeless.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful and prosperous New Year
Marianne & Michael Palillo
- Marianne & Michael Palillo
Professionals in the Industry
Love can be found in the Marigot store and his son Rish can be found at the family's new store in Philipsburg. I have been shopping in the caribbean for 26 years now and there's no experience like the one you'll have at this establishment. I recently bought a diamond ring and I got it appraised back in Wisconsin when I got home and the price I paid for it was about half of the appraised value given to me at home. They said it was very good value for my money and they told the truth and for that I highly recommend Jewels by Love.
- Dorothy Kotsopoulos
Retired Military Officer
St Maarten is one of the best islands in the Caribbean to shop for watches, and Jewels by Love is one of the best stores to find your "Grail" Watch!
The owner, Rish is a horological expert and obviously enjoys collecting watches himself, and educating clients about high end watches and the high end watch industry. He was able to deliver my "Grail" Watch in record breaking time...faster than any other store in the Caribbean or US could promise. Thank you Rish for a wonderful experience!
- Vernon Lew
Most Honest Store in Philipsburg
If you want to avoid being pounced on by salespeople on front street who are simply schmoozing you to get into your wallet, go straight to Jewels by Love. You will get an education on the finest products in the world without being pressured to buy anything. My wife and I both agree that their jewelry quality is noticeably different from the rest of the stores and its clear by the watches they carry that quality is indeed their forte.
- Jerry Thompson
Jewels by Love is far and away the best in the field of high end watches and jewelry in the Caribbean. Just save yourself a lot of aggravation looking and experimenting and go straight to them. They just don't make jewelers like these anymore!
- Alan Greenstein
We have been going to shop with Love for 29 years now! We've shopped in many places but no other store as good with service and value for money. I have bought many watches and jewelry for my wife and daughters and many beautiful Ulysse Nardin watches for myself.
- Jan Brandenkimper
We fist met Love in 1992 on our first trip to the St. Maarten. Over the next 23 years he became our jeweler of choice, a trusted adviser and a friend. We have acquired watches, fine diamonds and a storehouse of anecdotes (tutorials by Love I call them). Love, his family and staff are a true customer focused organization and we value them highly for those reasons.
- Bill Hart
Dropped in on a recent visit to St. Martin, by far the greatest selection of Premium time pieces around incl. Breguet, Patek, Nomos etc... Rish and his staff are extremely knowledgable and share a passion for haute horology. Was truly a pleasure spending time in the store.
- Stephen Murphy
For the past 20 years all important watches and diamonds for me and my family have come from Love. You will always get the best quality at a fair price. Once you do business with Love, you will never go anywhere else.
- Marty Shultz
Love has been our friend and jeweler for over twenty years. We have acquired wonderful diamonds from Love. All top quality and admired greatly when I wear them. Would not think of buying from anyone else. When you buy jewels from Love you can be sure you are getting the best quality for your money.
- Damaris Perez
Every time when we are in Love`s stores it is a big experience for us. And the most important thing: You always have the feeling to be in very good hands.
- Michael and Tilly, Austria
Quality & Beauty
Jewelry from Jewels by Love is an investment in quality and beauty. They can be handed down to the next generation...and beyond.
- Alice Bellows
Jewels by Love is my home away from home. everyone is so helpful and friendly and professional. This is stress-free shopping therapy at it's best! I just love to shop at this store!
- Sarah Jones
best jeweler in town..knows what they are talking about and they sell the best jewels and watches in the world
- Rodney Jones
Jewels By Love yeeeeeaaaaaaah
yeeeaaaaaaaaah this is the best jeweler on sxm
- Annie Horowitz
Thank you for your email. It was certainly a great pleasure to meet you when I was in St Martin. You certainly have an encyclopedic knowledge of watches and their heritage.
I really enjoyed our discussions. You are the most knowledgeable of watch experts.
- Graeme Wheatley
I just wanted to say thank you for your gracious hospitality and for sharing all of your knowledge and stories with my son and I.
Hello Love – we met last week in your store when I came in browsing with my son. Unfortunately I had to run out to meet the rest of my family and get back onto our cruise ship.
I just wanted to say thank you for your gracious hospitality and for sharing all of your knowledge and stories with my son and I. Before walking into your store, my son had no interest whatsoever in watches, however as we walked back to my family on the beach, he told he really learned a lot from you and enjoyed the information you shared and your passion for watches.
Although I didn’t purchase anything, I’d love to keep in touch and maybe someday I’ll be able to purchase a Vacheron myself!
- Tom Mehl
Tom and I truly enjoyed all the time you spent with us last week at your store in St. Maarten.
Its John Leyden here. Tom and I truly enjoyed all the time you spent with us last week at your store in St. Maarten. It was just so educational and enlightening. Thank you again for spending so much time. I'm really enjoying going through all the books you gave me, especially the Collection book.
- John Leyden
You are one of the very best Patek dealers there is and about your family’s very long-standing and close relationship with the Sterns.
Recently I had some problems with my 5712/1A. I met Patrick at the Patek Philippe Service Department. He is highly professional, a nice guy.
I mentioned to him how I am buying a 5172g from you. He then told me how you are one of the very best Patek dealers there is and about your family’s very long-standing and close relationship with the Sterns. He was very familiar with your extraordinary collection and how it will remain in your family.
I really enjoyed hearing it and, of course, look forward to meeting you and establishing a long term relationship.
Thanks and Best regards,
- Barry Chaiken
I subsequently shared Love's thoughts over the next year in several different speeches I was asked to make.
Dear Love and Family,
Seasons greetings from Tampa, FL. Thank you so much for your kindness and all that you do to educate your clients.
I first met Love three years ago during a port stop in St. Maarten. He was kind enough to not only share some of his knowledge of timepieces with me but also his life and business philosophy. I subsequently shared his thoughts over the next year in several different speeches I was asked to make.
In February of 2019, we were fortunate enough to again visit St. Maarten. We were anxious to check on Love post-hurricane. We were grateful to find him hard at work and in good spirits. Once again, he provided even deeper education to a novice. I am very proud and grateful to be the owner of a Breguet Marine watch based on Love’s patience with me. But that’s not where it stopped—Love also sent me a Breguet necktie, pocket square, and two books on the history of Breguet.
Dave and Karen
- Dave and Karen
Thank you for the New year wishes.
We have fond mementoes of visiting St Maarten in 2018 - and having a 3 hour captivating chat with you about watches and Pune.
Arnav cherishes his Breguet that we got from you for his 16th birthday.
With his 18th coming up in July we may need to look at another addition.
It’s never just the buying - it’s the memories and feelings attached and the amazing people we meet that counts.
We were so engrossed in listening to you we didn’t explore St Marten- looks like some day we will have to visit again.
Please do visit us in Birmingham if you are visiting UK.
Best wishes to you and your family.
With kind regards
Archana , Rupen
Tanay , Arnav
- Archana Kulkarni
It is rare to meet people like you who love what they know and have the pleasure of sharing their knowledge.
Dear Mr. Love,
unfortunately we did not have time to talk to you again, but your passionate way of exhibiting and your culture made me think a lot.
It is rare to meet people like you who love what they know and have the pleasure of sharing their knowledge.
After your words I rethought my being close to the world of time and watchmaking, so I decided to start reviewing part of my timepieces and then sell some of them.
Thank you very much and I renew the pleasure of meeting you.
- Giancarlo Satariano