It’s easy to understand why New York City tops the bucket list for design-loving travelers. From architecture and art to fashion and gorgeous diamond jewelry, the city that never sleeps promises non-stop inspiration. Take a stroll and enjoy the ever-changing array of artworks on and alongside the beautiful High Line, set aside some time for luxury diamond jewelry shopping and browsing in ‘the most New York block in New York’, the fine jewelry diamond district, or pay tribute to America’s most-celebrated fashion designers at the Garment District’s Fashion Walk of Fame. Our guide highlights ten things to do and places to visit that deserve a slot on your itinerary.
New York’s famous elevated park stretches for 2.3 kilometers above the thriving city and is a must-do for design lovers wanting to explore on foot. This urban sanctuary was originally a rail track that stopped being used in 1980. Twenty years later it was transformed into a verdant and unique park loved by New Yorkers and visitors alike. Filled with beautiful wild flowers and ever-changing and growing art installations, you can join the walkway that runs above Chelsea at ten different entry points. If you’re in the Big City to celebrate a romantic milestone, why not leave behind a precious memento and help the High Line thrive by adopting a plant? If diamonds and jewelry is what makes your heart sing, choose to sponsor Emerald Sentinal Eastern Red Cedars, while wine-lovers can opt for Vintage Wine Coneflowers. In the neighborhoods surrounding the High Line you will find art galleries, designer boutiques, bustling artisan markets and a variety of diamond and gold jewelry stores selling everything including classic engagement ring styles, floral inspired engagement rings, simple band engagement rings as well as customized diamond jewelry.
Perhaps the most spectacular aspect of the High Line is the opportunity to admire New York’s architecture from this unique perspective. From here you will get an up-close view of the glittering “40 Tenth”, the newest addition to the city’s most iconic buildings. Located between the High Line on Tenth Avenue and the Hudson River, what sets “40 Tenth” apart is its gem-like façade that takes its inspiration from the facets found in gorgeous diamond jewelry. Also keep an eye out for the DVF Headquarters, also referred to as the “diamond in the sky”, the headquarters of legendary designer Diane Von Furstenberg, who is famous for creating the wrap dress and dressing a host of celebrities and royalty, including the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate wore a striking DVF emerald green dress to Zara Phillips’ wedding that perfectly complemented the sapphires in Princess Diana’s engagement ring that Prince William slipped onto Kate’s engagement ring finger in 2010. The DVF building’s rooftop structure has a geometric set of angled windows reflecting the light and making it a striking landmark. To help you identify other famous building landmarks visible from the High Line, download the On The High Line App.
For a glittering array of gold and diamond jewelry head to the NYC Diamond District jewelry stores. This stretch of 47th Street falling between 5th and 6th Avenue is home to more than 2000 independent diamond and gold jewelry stores and will leave love birds spoilt for choice, whether shopping for Valentine diamond jewelry, 10 year anniversary diamond jewelry to mark this meaningful milestone, or bridal diamond jewelry designs to symbolize the promise of love. This fine jewelry diamond district is home to second, third and fourth generation master craftsmen who take tremendous pride in continuing the tradition of perfecting luxury diamond jewelry in these family-run stores. Whether you are shopping for simple band engagement rings, a square diamond engagement ring or solitaire engagement ring to sparkle on your engagement ring finger, be prepared to haggle! You’ll also find an impressive array of mens diamond jewelry for sale – why not get creative and invest in a customized diamond jewelry piece that will set your partner apart from the crowd.
If you have limited time in New York and want to pack in as much art and cultural inspiration as possible, the Museum Mile is the best way to do it. The Mile is a stretch along 5th Avenue, between 82nd Street and 104th Street, that covers nine of the Big Apple’s finest cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and most importantly for design lovers, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. This museum’s exhibits focus mainly on works that give everyday items, like furniture and tech, a unique appearance. If you’re planning a trip to the city in June, try and coincide it with the Museum Mile Festival, when Fifth Avenue – also the home to some of the top luxury diamond jewelry brands in the world, including Shimansky – closes to traffic and the streets fill with entertainers and live music performances. Entrance to all the museums and art institutions is free during the festival.
Fifth Avenue offers shoppers with an eye for the latest designs - from furniture and to toys and accessories – the ultimate treat. No trip to the Big Apple would be complete without a browse around luxury department stores Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. And if you have little ones at home, FAO Schwarz is filled with magical, unique toys that will thrill your inner child. You can even tap out a tune on the ‘Big Piano’ that has famously featured in many Hollywood blockbusters. Fifth Avenue is also where you can enjoy the Shimansky Diamond Experience New York, an appointment-only offering from one of the world’s most exclusive luxury diamond jewelry brands. The experience includes an exploration of the origins of the diamond industry in South Africa, information on shopping for conflict free diamond rings, details on the makings of a stellar diamond, and how the gems are selected for the original diamond jewelry created by this top jeweler. Guests have the opportunity to meet Shimansky CEO Yair Shimansky, who has over 10 signature jewelry collections that are internationally patented, including the one-of-a-kind My Girl diamond cut that reflects light and brilliance with every move you make. The highlight of the experience is admiring their famed diamond engagement rings for women, engagement and wedding ring sets, Valentine diamond jewelry and 10-year anniversary jewelry. If diamond engagement ring shopping together with your loved one is on your to-do travel list, this is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. You can book online to schedule an appointment.
Once you have finished soaking up the beauty of the works of art on display at the Museum of Modern Art in the heart of Manhattan, head across the road to the museum’s retail store, which is as legendary as its galleries. For many designers, having their products carried in the MoMA Design store is a career-defining achievement. Its inventory includes everything from classic collectables to contemporary functional art and some surprising oddball creations. This is also a good place to stock up on small but unique gifts for friends back home who share your passion for design that celebrates both form and function. If you’re wondering how to store diamond jewelry you own or have spoilt yourself with on your trip, MoMA Design has some unusual storage containers that will make a statement on your dressing table when you get back home.
Besides the pleasure of shopping for original diamond jewelry from some of the best luxury jewelry brands in the world, New York also has a special treat up its sleeve for jewelry design enthusiasts at the Museum of Arts and Design – fondly known as MAD. This is the only museum in the US that has a gallery solely dedicated to a number of passing and permanent jewelry exhibits. Each year the museum hosts Loot: Mad About Jewelry, a benefit sale and exhibition featuring creations from 50 emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists.
New York is synonymous with cutting edge fashion. Many of the most fashion-forward influencers of all time, from the original cool girl of rock n roll Patti Smith through to Madonna and Lady Gaga, all found their creative style outlet in this high-energy city. To truly experience the fashion pulse of NYC, head south from Times Square to the Garment District. Here you can browse shops filled with buttons, beads, lace and accessories, plus fabric selections that will make design-lovers swoon. Project Runway fans will want to visit Mood Fabric Store on 37th Street. Along Seventh Avenue, between 35th and 41st Street is the Fashion Walk of Fame. Bronze plaques embedded into the sidewalk celebrate American designers who have had a significant impact on the way the world dresses. Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and 23 others each has a plaque that is engraved with one of their designs and gives an outline of their signature style. Brides-to-be seeking inspiration will want to stop by Oscar de La Renta’s plaque. He designed some of the most coveted and often-replicated red carpet dresses for a string of celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Taylor Swift and Sandra Bullock. But perhaps his most admired design was for bride Amal Alamuddin for her 2014 wedding to George Clooney. Amal’s stunning French lace gown perfectly complemented her platinum emerald cut engagement ring.
The Campbell is an iconic New York institution that has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur, maintaining the property’s historic architecture and combining it with magnificent modern design elements – all within Grand Central. As its name implies, The Campbell plays homage to financier John W. Campbell who occupied this space in the 1920s. It showcases many of the 13th Century Florentine-inspired design elements like its 25-foot high hand-painted ceilings, along with century-old leaded glass windows plus custom-made mohair and leather furnishings in rich jewel tones. You can sip your classic cocktail in one of three spaces: The plush Bar; The Campbell Palm Court, an indoor oasis overlooking the main terminal filled with towering palm trees; or The Campbell Terrace, a magnificent outdoor covered verandah.
Rooftop gardens form a key part of New York’s design aesthetic. Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel is possibly the most famous of them all, thanks to the careful thought that has gone into every detail of its design and layout, making you feel like you are on a movie set. The rooftop transforms its design to match the season – expect fire pits, cozy corners and blankets in winter, and an abundance of verdant green and refreshing cocktails in summer, along with live music. This charming location would be the perfect place for a romantic proposal and to create beautiful photographs showing off that sparkly addition to your engagement ring finger!
Choosing a piece of jewelry to mark a special occasion is truly a rewarding experience and a journey we’re delighted to guide you on. Shimansky has a magnificent range of diamond jewelry for women, platinum diamond jewelry, tanzanite engagement rings and engagement and wedding ring sets. We invite you to visit your nearest Shimansky showroom or book a consultation with a Shimansky expert.