The Ultimate Diamond District Cheat Sheet

April 2, 2016
The ultimate diamond district

There are many beautiful places in the world to travel, but there is no place quite like New York for the jewelry lover. As a native who is part-time jewelry obsessed, I feel the need to inform you of all the most fabulous places to shop in the Diamond District while in town… essentially sharing the recommendations I give my own friends and family.

The area surrounding 47th street is gem and jewelry heaven–i.e. a one-stop shop for whatever needs you have in the bling department. From getting your jewelry fixed, to laser engraving a ring, people come here for everything! Sell your diamond. Shop for that perfect Mother’s Day gift (it is around the corner!). Here, you can find gems and services in one place, and at every price point. What are you waiting for? Here is the ultimate Diamond District Cheat Sheet:

Jeweler for a Day

If you want to try a hand at making a charm necklace as a souvenir, but don’t have time for a jewelry class, check out Metalliferous. The West 46th Street store has everything you need to DIY. They supply a variety of different materials, metals and tools for all sort of jewelry making, or you can just pick up a few charms and chains to go.

Let’s Get Personal

Did you buy something special for someone at home, and then realize it is missing a little something…personalization, to be exact? Hop on over to PhotoScribe Technologies for top-notch laser engraving. They specialize in mico-marking, so no object or jewelry item is too small for a custom message from you.

Accidents Happen

So you went sightseeing all day, took beautiful pictures, shopped and just as you were taking that Rockefeller Center selfie… your watch fell to the floor and sustained an injury. What do you do?! Don’t worry, there is no need to take it home and put it in the drawer. Visit John Kabbabe, a third generation jeweler, that will ensure your piece is fixed up in no time—you can sit and wait, or continue to enjoy the city, collecting you timepiece in 24 hours!

City of Pearls

Maybe you are a Southern Belle and Pearl is your middle name? If you love ‘em, visit American Pearl, one of the leading local sources for cultured and freshwater pearls. This 5th Ave haunt has a vast inventory for you to choose from, including: Freshwater, Japanese Akoya, South Sea and Tahitian. The courteous staff is knowledgeable, answering all questions with a smile.


Who says all you have to do is spend? With a mecca of dealers available, NY is the perfect place to unload your diamond jewelry or watch for an upgrade (or more cash for souvenir shopping, if you must pull my leg). Bring your luxury wares to WP Diamonds to sell or trade-in for cash. The company has the best buy-back offers for the industry, offering about 10% more than others around. Their offices are comfortable, in a safe environment with expert staff ready to discuss the value of your diamonds, jewelry and luxury pre-owned watches.

The Auction Scene

If you want to visit the jewelry of the stars, consider coordinating your trip around a Christie’s jewelry department preview. If you have something very high end to sell, make an appointment to have one of their department specialists value your piece. Just make sure you have the rarity, design and provenance to backup anything you bring to specialists here, as the auction house only deals in the best of the best.

So what is your gemmed out self waiting for? Pack one piece of luggage for the jewelry, and another for the life essentials. Book a ticket to New York and indulge the jewelry lover in you in the Diamond District.

The Ulitmate Diamod Distric photo credit: Timothy Krause

About Damali Cooper

Jamaican born Manhattanite, Damali Cooper, is a business student a NYACK College, with a flair for fashion and an insider love of gems and jewelry. A jewelry connoisseur, she has spent the last four years in hitting the pavement on 47th Street, with an in-depth knowledge of where to go for all one’s diamond and watch needs.

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