Indie Jewelry Stores
by Jared Flint, 07/31/2013
(From left) Rings from In God We Trust, photo by Madeleine Wieand • Hipshark necklace from Verameat, photo by Giles Ashford
It's generally accepted that, for most people, thinking of jewelry in New York City recalls a young Audrey Hepburn staring longingly into the windows of Tiffany & Co. Just pass by the iconic store and you'll likely see visitors doing their best Holly Golightly imitations outside. But Tiffany's diamonds are available nearly anywhere in the world, and the same goes for other well-known brands, like Cartier or Asprey. Their wares are beautiful, of course, but shoppers on the hunt for more-unique pieces will want to look farther afield.
The good news? NYC has lately become a haven for independent jewelry design. Original, one-of-a-kind pieces by local artisans are generating as much interest as the items available at the City's most famous retailers. Complementing the trend is a collection of stores that stock their own house lines along with those from like-minded local designers. You won't find these elsewhere: their goods are almost all exclusive to NYC. Guys and girls looking for a special gift—or to put a ring on it, to paraphrase Mrs. Carter—have unmatched choice here, at a range of price points. Read on to discover a few of our local favorites.