If you're anywhere near a hotel in Rio, it's only a matter of time before you receive an invitation to visit an H. Stern store, transportation complimentary. Or you can just phone a store and they'll be pleased to come pick you up. (I once read a story about a man who saved on cab fare by calling the H. Stern store nearest his destination whenever he went out. He paid nothing for taxis, but wound up buying his girlfriend a very expensive ring.) The store in Ipanema is the world headquarters. Specializing in precious and semiprecious stones, the company also owns mines and polishing shops, guaranteeing the quality of their products from start to finish.
- © Frommer's 2013