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Designer Jewelry Shopping Guide to New York City

New York has some of the best engagement ring stores in the world, one of which includes Shimansky. Discerning shoppers wanting to splurge on designer jewelry will be spoilt for choice at the Shimansky showroom on 5th Avenue. From classic to contemporary, Shimansky New York features jewelry for everyone’s taste. Whether you are in search of conflict-free engagement rings, an iconic design from an original Shimansky collection, or a bespoke diamond or tanzanite creation to suit your unique taste. Our New York jewelry guide has everything you need to know on how to shop for the best designer jewelry in the Big Apple.

Shoppers looking for the best online engagement rings often miss out on the magic of visiting a jewelry showroom where mesmerizing options catch the eye with every turn. Visit the Shimansky showroom on 5th Avenue, New York and be bedazzled by our exquisite range of diamond designer jewelry.


 New York Designer Jewelry Shopping Guide | Shimansky

How Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

Shopping for the perfect engagement ring to slip onto your significant other’s finger is an exhilarating experience. Whether you are planning a romantic surprise proposal or you are engagement ring shopping together, you might be wondering: “How much should you spend on an engagement ring?”


You may have heard about the commonly mentioned rule of thumb that sets the average engagement ring budget at two months’ salary. Interestingly, this now widely accepted notion was created by a De Beers advertising campaign in the 80s with the following caption: “Two months' salary showed the future Mrs Smith what the future would be like.” Contrary to this guideline, we believe that nothing is set in stone when it comes to putting a price on a forever piece of jewelry. Rather than limiting yourself to a predetermined budget or spending according to an engagement ring calculator, focus on finding a ring that truly captures your love for one another. Its price tag is a personal matter.

 New York Designer Jewelry Shopping Guide | Shimansky

Buy Conflict-Free Diamonds

The question on many jewelry shoppers’ minds is how to choose an engagement ring, or any other diamond creation, that is conflict free. What is a conflict-free diamond? Conflict-free diamonds, or ethical diamonds follow a journey from mine to finger that is done in a responsible manner. Human rights regulations are adhered to without any exploitation along the diamond’s journey and none of the proceeds are used to fund illegal activity.


Shimansky’s diamond jewelry all has a 100% conflict-free guarantee. Shimansky has the unique privilege to source diamonds directly from South African mines before we cut and polish them to perfection. This gives us complete control over every stage in the diamond’s journey. Not only do our clients get a 100% conflict-free guarantee on their diamond jewelry, but they also know that the diamonds are of South African origin.


Whether you are engagement ring shopping together or simply want to spoil yourself or a loved one with a beautiful diamond creation, we invite you to visit our 5th Avenue showroom. We have a wide range of conflict-free engagement rings and other diamond jewelry to choose from that will be treasured for generations to come.

 New York Designer Jewelry Shopping Guide | Shimansky

Choose an Iconic Design

Our guide to shopping designer jewelry in New York wouldn’t be complete without stressing the importance of originality and timelessness. Buying designer diamond jewelry is an investment. A jewelry creation must therefore have something special for it to stand the test of time and retain its allure beyond a period in which it would be considered “fashionable”. The big question is how to choose a diamond engagement ring – or any other jewelry creation – that is timeless. One important factor to take into consideration, is design. With more than ten jewelry design patents, Shimansky has become one of the most recognized jewelry brands in the world.


The Shimansky signature Millennium collection features a range of engagement rings, earrings, pendants and wedding bands crafted according to an original Shimansky design that has become one of the most coveted jewelry designs in the world. The iconic Shimansky Millennium ring, one of the most sought after diamond engagement rings for women in South Africa, is made up of two bands that represent the coming together of two lives. The bands are joined together by a scintillating diamond in the middle – a symbol of forever.

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Consider The Cut

No two diamonds are the same, which is just part of what makes this glittering gem so spectacular. Those who know how to choose an engagement ring or any designer jewelry item, knows what to look for in the diamond. The most fascinating of the four C’s - that significantly determine a diamond’s grade and value - is the cut. The perfectly proportioned My Girl diamond cut is one of five Shimansky international diamond cut patents and the first internationally patented diamond cut to originate in South Africa. The unique eight-sided square diamond cut was developed after three years of research and development into specific light dispersion. The incomparable My Girl diamond reflects light from every angle and with every move, offering the perfect balance of fire, brilliance and scintillation. It’s a world first and exclusive to Shimansky. 


The Shimansky My Girl diamond is the shimmering centerpiece of the My Girl Solitaire Ring. This timeless diamond cut is sought-after all over the world. The My Girl engagement ring is complemented by a range of wedding bands, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and pendants, making up the complete My Girl collection.

 New York Designer Jewelry Shopping Guide | Shimansky

Acquire Something Authentically African

Africa overflows with riches – incredible landscapes, abundant wildlife and the precious gifts from deep inside the Earth, diamonds. With our roots set in Africa, Shimansky has brought the continent’s riches to life in unique designs, comprising the My Africa ring collection. The extraordinary Tip of Africa ring showcases the spectacular outline of the African continent, marking the magical location, Cape Point, at the base of the continent. This is where two oceans meet – the cold Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean; much like technical precision meets passion and craftsmanship in a Shimansky original. This exceptional designer jewelry creation is a magnificent, authentically African creation that takes the beauty of nature from the tip of Africa, to your finger.

 New York Designer Jewelry Shopping Guide | Shimansky

Own Something Rare

Being a thousand times more rare than a diamond, tanzanite is arguably one of the most desirable gemstones for discerning designer jewelry shoppers; and when presented in an iconic Shimansky design, even more so. The exquisite purple-blue gemstone, which can only be found along a 4km strip of land in Tanzania, could potentially be mined out within 20 to 30 years, making it extremely sought after.


Shimansky’s Ayanda Queen of Tanzanite collection is crafted with certified tanzanite sourced directly from the Maasai tribe in Tanzania. Set in contemporary, yet timeless designs, Shimansky Queen of Tanzanite creations are available in 18K white gold, with or without diamonds. Bespoke tanzanite jewelry creations can also be created upon request, allowing you to own the tanzanite creation of your dreams.

 New York Designer Jewelry Shopping Guide | Shimansky

Visit The Shimansky 5th Avenue Showroom

Shimansky has some of the best engagement ring stores in the world. An oasis of luxurious calm in the maelstrom of a city that never sleeps, 5th Avenue New York is where you have the opportunity to meet the designer and creator of all these unique and iconic gems. A personal consultation with Yair Shimansky is the ultimate way for you to find your perfect New York diamond jewel.


We invite you to visit our 5th Avenue Showroom in New York to experience beauty of South Africa’s most valuable shimmering treasure. Whether you are in search of conflict-free engagement rings, an iconic Shimansky creation with a patented diamond cut, or a bespoke tanzanite designer jewelry piece, we have something that will speak to your heart.