Who wouldn’t want to take a couples trip to New York City up a notch by including some original diamond jewelry purchases or even enjoying some engagement ring shopping together? The city that never sleeps, New York is famous for its parks, museums and especially its world class shopping, and for all you jewelry lovers. It includes a chance to visit the fine jewelry diamond district, situated between 5th and 6th Avenues and ogle at endless displays of glittering original diamond jewelry. Our guide takes you through the essentials you need to know about getting the most out of a luxury diamond jewelry shopping experience in the Big Apple plus the best engagement rings stores to note and how to choose a diamond engagement ring.
Shopping for original diamond jewelry in New York is reason enough to visit the city, and the good news for jewelry enthusiasts - those with an eye for design and people with a passion for history - is that the Museum of Arts and Design (affectionately known as MAD) is the only museum in the United States with a gallery that is dedicated to a number of permanent and passing jewelry exhibits. Celebrating the wealth of craftsmanship in the contemporary arts, from makers to painters is at the heart of MAD and visitors can expect to be entertained and educated about everything from materials to processes.
Home to more than 2000 independent diamond and gold jewelry stores, selling everything from customised diamond jewelry to ready-made pieces as well as loose stones, the NYC diamond district jewelry stores are a must on any visitor’s itinerary. Here, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a dazzling selection of designer diamond jewelry, thanks to the second, third and fourth generation master craftsmen who operate from their family-run stores. Experts say that 95% of the diamonds that come to the US pass through the heart of this historical district so for those wanting to pick up a good buy, they’ve come to the right place. For lovebirds looking for a fitting memento of a proposal in New York, they’ll be spoilt for choice. From the classic engagement ring styles like the eternity band engagement ring, solitaire diamond engagement rings and princess cut engagement rings to on trend rose gold engagement rings, there seriously is no shortage of diamond engagement rings to be found in this famous quarter.
Situated in suitably edgy and arty Brooklyn, The Bloomfield School is where people who are curious to explore the manufacturing side of their jewelry passion can enrol for classes. If you’re in New York for a longer stint, this would certainly be an unforgettable way to experience the city. From soldering to wax working and learning how to make stacking rings, students learn a slew of skills they can apply in the real jewelry world.
The heart of the famous New York Jewelry District, 47th Street (also known as Diamond and Jewelry way) is the main hub of luxury diamond jewelry in this quarter. Haggling is part of the experience, especially if you’re looking at engagement rings or diamond jewelry for women but beware the touts and hustlers out to get you into their stores. The diamond and gold store fronts alone, with their glittering customised diamond jewelry creations are reason enough to visit the district and record your favourites on Instagram.
5th Avenue may well be one of the world’s most famous shopping streets and there’s no doubt that savvy shoppers should head here for a taste of the latest must buys and fashion trends. For an escape from all the craziness on the street, retreat to the oasis of calm at the luxurious Shimansky Diamond Experience which includes coffee or wine and great views of the city. The Shimansky Diamond Experience New York is a by-appointment-only offering from one of the city’s best luxury diamond jewelry brands and includes an exploration of the origins of the diamond industry in South Africa where many of the gems for their original diamond jewelry originates. Guests learn about the makings of a stellar diamond, are able to meet Shimansky CEO Yair Shimansky and get up close and personal with their exclusive diamond cuts, famed engagement rings and luxury diamond jewelry for women. You can book online to schedule an appointment to experience this exclusive offering.
Want to ensure that your diamonds and original diamond jewelry comes with a clean conscience? Before heading to any of the NYC diamond district jewelry stores and before you decide on the best store to buy diamond jewelry, check that they are reputable and sell according to the Kimberley Process, the international program that aims to prevent diamond mining from funding conflict.
A highlight of the year for jewelry industry professionals, the New York City Jewelry Week is held in November every year and is a brilliant showcase of the very best talents and creations the city has to offer. From big name luxury diamond jewelry brands to family-owned workshops from 47th Street, and emerging creatives, the week-long event offers a glimpse into the tapestry of professionals who make up the industry in the Big Apple. Of course, the highlight is the glittering wares themselves, from customised diamond jewelry pieces to bridal diamond jewelry designs as well as handcrafted creations that use semi precious stones and non precious metals, New York City Jewelry Week celebrates them all. If you’re in New York for a little longer, stick around for diamond jewelry Black Friday and Cyber Monday diamond jewelry deals at the end of November where you may find your favourite gold and diamond jewelry at knock down prices.
If the perfect proposal is part of your plans while in New York, then engagement and wedding ring set shopping may well be on the agenda too. But what are the current engagement ring trends? A platinum solitaire engagement ring remains one of the most desirable classic engagement ring styles, while there has also been a move to both simple rose gold engagement rings and simple yellow gold engagement rings of late. Industry experts who specialise in engagement rings for women are also seeing an upsurge of interest in fancy diamond cuts and ring designs including cushion cut engagement rings, princess cut engagement rings and emerald cut solitaire engagement rings. Of course with diamonds come precious stones and tanzanite engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular too. While it may take some time to hunt down your perfect engagement ring, you’ll certainly be starry eyed when you find the one that speaks to you the most. Whether you choose a bespoke design piece, a classic like the My Girl Solitaire or something modern like the Millennium Ring, a visit to the Shimansky boutique on 5th Avenue will be an unforgettable experience.
If you’re planning on spending time browsing in any NYC diamond district jewelry stores, you’re sure to utterly dazzled by the huge variety of stones and luxury diamond jewelry on display. But where to start with choosing a specific cut for your original diamond jewelry or engagement rings? Some of the most popular offerings include princess cut engagement rings where the stone is cut square on top and features four bevelled edges that offer maximum sparkle. Meanwhile cushion cut engagement rings (also chosen by Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring designer) is a curved edged choice which still offers plenty of sparkle without losing its feminine feel. Of the classic engagement ring styles, pear shaped engagement rings are a rarer but undeniably statement-making choice while a white gold round diamond engagement ring remains one of the most popular options around thanks to its brilliant faceting that makes the most of the diamond’s inherent beauty. For the woman who has everything, you’d do well to make your choice from a selection of the best platinum emerald cut engagement rings in the world – and you’d be in good company, wearing the same engagement ring as Amal Clooney.
Want to make sure your perfect proposal and especially that magnificent piece of bling on your engagement ring finger is beautifully captured forever? Why not plan a shoot of you and your beloved in one of the most romantic cities on the planet? Other popular places to pop the question include Brooklyn Bridge, the stairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Rooftop Garden, at the top of the Empire State Building and the High Line.
Choosing an engagement ring or wedding band for your significant other is truly a rewarding experience and a journey we’re delighted to guide you on. Shimansky has a truly unique range of iconic diamond engagement rings and engagement and wedding ring sets, from classic buys to boundary pushing, bespoke designer pieces. We invite you to visit your nearest Shimansky showroom or book a consultation with a Shimansky expert.