New York City
If I didn't love London quite the way I do, I'd probably live in New York by now. Although it hasn't always been my favourite (during a coast-to-coast trip in 2010 I vowed never to return, due to heat, hostels and tourists!). I went back in 2016 with a pizza-loving, baseball-obsessed other half and NYC got back on my good side. Since then we've made three trips in 18 months and I can say the love affair is real.
From Williamsburg to the Upper West Side this city is full of gems, be they jewellery stores, pizzerias or the beautiful skyline and the weird and wonderful residents. Even the subway gets me excited. So here, for you, are my top tips for any jewellery-lover in The Big Apple:
A true favourite on Elizabeth Street in Nolita, this store is my go-to when we first get off the aeroplane. In amongst a wide range of jewellery the attentive shopper can also find books, objet d'art and gifts that'll have you considering buying another suitcase to bring them all home.
Back in 2016 I found the opal necklace of my dreams in the cabinet right at the front of the store but after forcing myself to sleep on the hefty price tag I went back the next morning to find it had sold. I still covet that necklace to this day...the one that got away! I find myself gravitating towards Love Adorned more than any other store in NYC, for conversations with its fun, interested and gentle staff, ogling over the jewels and enjoying the bright, welcoming store.
You can find bold, fun designs and timeless, dainty pieces from designers from all over the world in here, alongside a selection of curated vintage and antique pieces. Perfect for emptying your bank account and filling your home with beautiful things!
Only a few blocks south of Love Adorned hides this store on Crosby Street in Soho. We stumbled across this hidden gem on a trip in 2017 after searching for Broken English (another great jewellery store tucked into the back of an All Saints store on Crosby Street). Michele Varian is an interior designer and so the store has an amazing aesthetic, think gold, black and white on everything. They only have a little jewellery but what they do stock is beautiful; contemporary, dainty and timeless one-off, luxury pieces from an array of designers mostly based in Manhattan and Brooklyn - perfect if you're looking for a local hand made keepsake or special memento of your trip.
I came away this trip with a bowl hand-forged from of a single piece of brass by Tom Dixon (trying not to think about the fact I came half way around the world to buy something from a London-based maker!). It's not jewellery but it is still gold, shiny and perfect to hold my daily jewels in the bedroom.
I first visited Catbird in 2016 on a rainy rainy Monday after hearing so much about it online. They've since refurbished and the store is now a welcoming petite spot with a neat selection of designers from around the world, and their own famous line. A range of prices too, upwards of just $14, so ideal for those on a strict holiday budget!
Catbird sell candles, notebooks and stationery for all the extra little gifts you might need too.
I could go on for hours about this amazing city and all its amazing stores but the above should keep you busy for a day or two. For the extra-comitted among you here are a few more hidden treasures I make a point of checking out whenever I'm across the pond: