The journey of the Shimansky brand from its creation over two decades ago is that of one man, its founder, Yair Shimansky. It is a tale punctuated with international travel, dazzling diamonds and a love story, all of which have polished Yair Shimansky into who he is today.
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There are few people who have had a more interesting life than the founder of Shimansky. Yair Shimansky wanted to be a pilot or a surfer. Instead he founded Shimansky, a premier jewelry brand.
Shimansky was born in Israel in 1967. His mother was a stay-at-home-mom, while his father worked for a large shipping company, captaining a maritime tanker. Shimansky often joined his father at sea. “From the time that I was three months old I would spend one-and-a-half, to two months at sea. This continued until I was 12,” he recalls.
This was both a happy and an educational experience for the impressionable young boy. “Being on the boat was just marvelous because it was like a huge playroom. It was great fun; I would play in the engine room the one day, and on deck the next.” During this time with his father, he visited numerous countries, learning about different cultures, “I could not have wished for a better education,” he shares. Of course, there were no other children on board, which meant that Shimansky only interacted with adults, maturing much faster than other children of the same age. He spent many hours poring over books. Fantasy books were a special fascination; this helped to develop both his imagination as well as his creativity.
Drawn to the beautiful lands of South Africa and with an abundance of natural resources - diamonds and platinum - the Shimansky brand was established in 1991. From humble beginnings selling jewelry at a marketplace before opening his first retail jewelry store two years later, Yair Shimansky develops an eye for carefully selecting the finest diamonds, ethically sourced direct from South African mines.
The art of design lies not only in form and function, but also in creating a symbol of love and devotion that becomes part of you and stands the test of time.
Inspired by the special moments in your life, Yair Shimansky has designed a range of signature jewelry creations including The Millennium Diamond Ring, Two Hearts and Evolym; which are iconic by design. Adding to this, a number of patented diamond cuts including the My Girl diamond and Brilliant 10 - hailed as the most brilliant cut diamond in the world.
Many of his jewelry designs are inspired by his travels. Exposure to art, nature, architecture, science and more, serve as inspiration. A true designer at heart, his vivid ideas translate into images that take shape in the form of conceptual sketches. Overtime they evolve. At any given time, Yair Shimansky has a series of prototypes on hand, and he is mindful to give these time for experimentation and expression. After all, you can't rush iconic design.
His insatiable pursuit for perfection, combined with first-hand involvement in every step of the process ensure that you receive a masterpiece to treasure forever.
After almost a quarter of a century since Yair Shimansky began his endeavor, he embarks on a new journey.
Holding onto his childhood dream to establish the Shimansky brand in the United States; At the ripe age of 50, Yair Shimansky set's his sights on New York. He relocates his family in 2017 to the capital of the world and establishes Shimansky USA LLC.
Meet the man behind the brand, discover signature jewelry designs or create your own bespoke design. Visit us at 580, 5th Avenue, Suite 3110 New York.