The City that never sleeps is a jewel in itself, one of the many Jewels of the World. I know it, you know it, everyone knows it. However, as with any jewel (or diamond, or anything of pure humungous value), one has to dig in deeper to further explore its richness. Today in Jewels of the World, we’re going to take you through some of New York’s finest galleries. After all, you never know if you’ll need the finest souvenir if you’re around.
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I – Greenwich St. Jewelers
The first one isn’t as big a behemoth in the ritzy biz as the rest, but it is still worthy of mention nonetheless. Greenwich St. Jewelers specializes in designer jewels. They’ve been around since ’76, and aren’t that worried in reaching celebrity-levels of fame. Instead, their store in Downtown New York is described as an “intimate boutique”.
II – Van Cleef and the Arpels
While technically not native to New York City – they’re French after all, as everyone knows – they are also located in NY’s famous Fifth Avenue. Their pieces are veritable works of the highest quality possible. There’s not much to discuss about them, other than the fact that their work often features animal imagery worked to an impossibly intricate level of polish and detail. Look for yourself, these two examples showcase just that!
III – The Graff
Another one which isn’t native to the Big Apple, The Gaff is a British multinational spread throughout the world, including NY. Somewhat more traditional in their conceptions, their pieces are nonetheless one of a kind, just like the fabled 10 cm-tall Peacock-Brooch, which is said to be worth over $100 million. They’ve also been the target of many a gangster robbery, adding up to The Gaff’s iconic fame.
IV – Bvlgari
Who doesn’t recognize this Italian luxury brand? Just like its exterior announces, Bvlgari’s New York installations are in themselves a dashing jewel of store design and decoration. Their products aren’t limited to jewelry, as Bvlgari also produces perfumes, leather goods, watches, and various accessories, to name a few. All in all, a wonderful experience, even if you don’t buy anything.
V – Tiffany and Co.
Tiffany & Co is 100% New Yorker. The store was founded back in 1837 as a “fancy goods” emporium. It soon reverted all its attention to the sale of jewelry and has been at the forefront of the ritzy biz ever since. However, it wasn’t until 1957 that Tiffany & Co opened their flagship store in the Empire State’s Fifth Avenue. They aren’t as contemporary and stylish as perhaps newer options in the field, but their Jewelry is beyond what money can buy. They way their pieces are carefully inscribed, crafted, and planned from concept to actual piece instill every Tiffany & Co product with a timeless quality, despite having an outwardly conservative appearance. Never judge a jewel by its box!