The Faithful Shopper: Haute Joaillerie

Last time, I described some of my favorite shops for more casual jewelry - but now it's all about glamour! Whether your tastes run to diamonds, or you prefer exceptional colored stones, a visit to any of these ultra-luxe emporia will give you the finest styles at appropriate prices. Or just window-shop and dream ...

Cartier - 767 Fifth Avenue - 828 Madison Avenue - JFK Airport Terminal One
While its 653 Fifth Avenue townhouse is under renovation, visit a few blocks north (or its other sites) for the classic panther or tank watch, necklaces and pendants worthy of royalty, and truly stunning quality.

Tiffany - 727 Fifth Avenue - 37 Wall Street - 97 Greene Street
Those little blue boxes house some of the most stunning fine jewelry anywhere - beautiful diamonds to an extraordinary collection of tanzanite -not surprising since Tiffany discovered the gemstone!

Buccellati - 810 Madison Avenue (and coming soon to 714 Madison Avenue)
Milanese style that brings together amazing craftsmanship and dramatic design to create jewelry that is timelessly tasteful. I love the cocktail rings!

Graff - 710 Madison Avenue
Graff is a one-stop shop for diamonds, from sourcing the rough stones through the final setting of each item - and what items they are, from the clearest white to stunning colors.

Leviev - 700 Madison Avenue
Leviev knows the source of each of its diamonds - the company's own mines. Then they set them into some of the most dramatic designs I've ever seen, from drop necklaces to 57-carat engagement rings. Yes, that's 57 carats!

Harry Winston - 718 Fifth Avenue
Why is Winston a legend? Because since 1932, he's offered jewelry that qualify as works of art, while obtaining renowned stones such as the Hope Diamond. Become a part of that legend with a brand new or historic piece from here. Talk to me, Harry Winston ...

De Beers - 703 Fifth Avenue
For more than 100 years, fine jewelers from around the globe used stones from De Beers. Now the company is providing its own settings and styles, many inspired by nature, for the discerning shopper.

Van Cleef & Arpels - 744 Fifth Avenue
The greatest style icons of all time, from Princess Grace to the Duchess of Windsor, swore by Van Cleef and Arpels for the perfect jewel, from rings to brooches to hair clips. Why not follow in their footsteps?

Chopard - 709 Madison Avenue
A watchmaker extraordinaire for more than 150 years, Chopard expanded into fine jewelry, offering items that are practical and sometimes just plain fun.

Coming soon:

Paul Morelli - 859 Madison Avenue
Philadelphia's gift to fine jewelry, Morelli soon will bring his artisan pieces (usually set in his unique 18-karat yellow gold alloy) to New York.

These shops offer the finest materials in the finest designs, true investment pieces. Splurge if you can! Happy Shopping!