Fifth Avenue Shopping
by Christina Parrella, 01/29/2014
Tiffany & Co. Photo: Peter Paige
If your bank account allows it, Fifth Avenue is the spot to splurge on jewelry. The most famous (and oldest) New York jeweler on the block is Tiffany & Co. The six-story store offers a dazzling display of fine jewelry, from sterling-silver bracelets to diamond engagement rings and watches. Luxe French jeweler and watchmaker Cartier has occupied its Fifth Avenue location since 1917. Signature pieces include the Love collection of rings and bracelets, timepieces that start at around $2,500 and climb into the millions, and the Panthère de Cartier collection of diamond-speckled feline pieces. Italian jewelry juggernaut Bulgari carries a slew of haute trinkets including diamond, gold and emerald pieces from its reptile-inspired collection known as Serpenti. Famed French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, known for its lucky-charm Alhambra motif pieces, has one of the chicest spaces on Fifth Avenue. With two floors housing everything from bridal and bespoke offerings to precious stones, the flagship also hosts dinner parties and events for very special clients. Synonymous with American luxury, Harry Winston is perhaps the most exclusive jeweler of all. The first to loan diamonds to Academy Awards attendees, Winston and the red carpet go hand in hand; the stunning Fifth Avenue emporium conjures up the glamour of old Hollywood. Small and exclusive, the flagship carries a crystal-clear collection of fine diamond necklaces, rings and earrings that are among the most expensive in the world.