Outfit looking a little plain? Dress it up with a statement necklace. Planning on proposing to your beau soon? A cushion cut engagement ring will look perfect for showing off on those “She said yes!” announcement photos. Whether you want something to accessorize your outfits with or you’re looking to give someone a gift, jewelry makes for the perfect purchase.
And while you can simply go to the nearest department store and buy jewelry there, where’s the fun in that? If you’re serious about collecting jewelry, make it an adventure by visiting different places around the world that sells the finest ones you can find.
Dubai is now often synonymous with gold and for a reason—gold jewelry is abundant in this city. There’s even a “Gold Souk” which is a shimmering hub for jewelry shopping. Here you can find hundreds of retailers that deal exclusively in the sale of gold jewelry. Apart from gold, though, Dubai is also a diamond haven. You can purchase diamond and other gems tax-free, further making Dubai attractive to tourists.
Walking down Paris streets lined with shops and restaurants with retractable awnings and canopies is reminiscent of romantic movies. But you know what else Paris and romantic movies have in common? Jewelry. In this city, you’ll find the most famous names in fine jewelry, from Cartier and Chanel to Chaumet and Van Cleef & Arpels. You can visit Saint-Germain-des-Prés or the Opera District for some high-end jewelry shops but flea markets also have interesting pieces.
Ever heard of the term “Swiss watches?” The city of Geneva in Switzerland is the watch capital of the world and is home to luxury timepiece brands, such as Rolex and Patek Philippe. Apart from that, you’d be hard-pressed to find other Swiss watch brands that are not present in the city. Swiss horologists are famous in the world because of their craftsmanship and attention to detail, resulting in Haute Horlogerie.
With its highly-skilled workers, it’s no wonder Thailand can make fine pieces of jewelry. This, together with the fact that the government doesn’t charge VAT on gold, makes Thailand the perfect place to manufacture jewelry. Jewelry craftsmen pay meticulous attention to detail, so they produce European-quality pieces. Apart from high-end, finely-crafted jewelry, though, Thailand’s night and weekend markets also offer plenty of jewelry at significantly lower prices, perfect for accessorizing your everyday wardrobe.
New York, USA
Who doesn’t love receiving a beautiful Tiffany Blue Box®? Tiffany’s & Co. is one of the most famous jewelry brands in the world with plenty of branches worldwide. However, the brand’s home is New York, just like several other jewelry brands including Harry Winston. Apart from these brands, you can also find Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York, both of which are high-end auction houses for jewelry. You can find pieces from the collection of the most famous figures in history, including Jacqueline Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor.
Next time you’re in another country, either for work or leisure, make sure to drop by a local jeweler. You’d be surprised at how many beautiful pieces you can find and add to your collection.