Top Jewelry Destinations in the World
The world is filled with beautiful places. What’s better than visiting these wonderful cities and immersing yourself in what makes them special? Whether that’s pizza in Naples, a Guinness beer in Dublin, or sushi in Tokyo, it’s always rewarding.
For the jewelry lovers out there, we’ve compiled some of the premier cities in the world to browse and buy one-of-a-kind jewelry. You’ll be able to explore the culture, history, and beauty of the cities through the wonderful craftsmanship and quality of the jewelry and craftspeople who make and sell them.
We may be just a little biased, but we think Taxco, Mexico is one of the best places to buy jewelry anywhere in the world. In a country defined by serious artists and all things silver, Taxco stands above the rest as the mecca of silver jewelry in Mexico.
Taxco has a rich history of silver jewelry craftsmanship, including being the home of the godfather of Mexican jewelry, William Spratling. Mr. Spratling is credited for building up the silver jewelry trade in Taxco. Integrating many pre-Columbian designs and traditionally Mexican themes and motifs, the legacy of his jewelry lives on today. The Museo Guillermo Spratling features many of his iconic pieces, along with items from his personal collection of archeological objects.
One of the defining aspects of Taxco is that you can still purchase original jewelry from local artisans right in the city’s traditional markets. Plaza Borda, Mercado de Artesanias, and Taxco El Viejo all offer original jewelry that showcase the city’s, as well as the country’s, spirit.
It’s no secret that Florence, Italy is known for its art, architecture, and history. But did you know that it’s also known for its goldsmiths and gold jewelry?
Intermixed with the historic plazas, museums, and delicious trattorias, there are a number of jewelers and goldsmiths creating beautiful jewelry that you can buy right there in Florence. Much of which is inspired by the city’s historic culture and Renaissance period art.
The iconic Ponte Vecchio, which is a medieval stone bridge crossing the Arno River that runs through the city, is what many think of when they think of jewelry in Florence. While for generations the bridge housed all sorts of businesses, the bridge is now lined with jewelry stores. Beyond that, you can find boutique shops and workspaces where you can find one-of-a-kind items.
Sante Fe, New Mexico
Known as the epicenter of the Southwestern American art scene, Sante Fe is also known for its stunning jewelry scene. Generally displaying a distinct blend of Native American and Latin American traditions and styles, Sante Fe is a truly unique jewelry destination.
While you can find jewelers across the city, our favorite place to buy jewelry in New Mexico is at the Palace of the Governors downtown. Here, Native vendors from the various pueblos in New Mexico sell their jewelry and other arts. The Palace itself is a historical landmark and the longest continuously occupied building in the United States, and creates a truly unique experience for browsing some excellent New Mexican jewelry and artwork.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
One of the largest gold trading cities in the world, Dubai mixes high-end jewelry, a tradition of luxury, and a heavily regulated gold market to offer customers a premier jewelry experience.
Gold in Dubai is regulated by the Dubai Central Laboratories Department to ensure the quality of any gold sold, and offer certifications to retailers meeting the requirements. There are many options in Dubai for finding a unique piece and browsing some interesting pieces and culture, including many private shops that require strict appointments and credit checks. Still, there’s nothing like Dubai’s Gold Souk, which is a covered market that houses hundreds of retailers selling certified and impressive jewelry.
Fun Fact: The price of gold jewelry in Dubai changes by the minute depending on the price of gold, so take a look at the markets before you head out to shop!
New York City, New York
The center of American culture and finance, New York is a natural place to be the center of the American jewelry industry.
There are literally thousands of jewelry stores in New York City, but probably the most notorious neighborhood to buy jewelry is the Diamond District, where you can find jewelers, craftspeople, and wholesalers. While you can find all sorts of jewelry here, it’s particularly known for its selection of diamonds. Just make sure to not feel pressured — New Yorkers are known to be sales-motivated and you should always shop around to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
In addition to the Diamond District, you’ll also find the 2 large jewelry auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Here, you can have an opportunity to bid on some high-value items, or even just browse and watch the auctions while getting a glimpse at some priceless items.
There might not be a more romantic city in the world than Paris, France. The tower, the language, and the charming city streets are intoxicating. Of course, no city with such romanticism is complete without some beautiful jewelry.
The city has many jewelry stores, ranging from high-end boutiques where celebrities browse pieces for their next appearance on the red carpet, as well as flea markets where every day Parisians shop for affordable items. Avenue Montaigne is known for its selection of luxury jewelers along with brands such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel. For more attainable pieces, the 3rd Arrondissement is known for trendy pieces.
This beautiful city is known for its street market style vendors who sell everything from absolutely stunning rugs, steaming piles of snails served with spiced broth, and of course, beautiful traditional jewelry.
In Marrakech, you’ll be buying directly from the very people who are creating your jewelry, which creates a great opportunity to get items for a more reasonable price. It also means you’ll have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with a local jeweler to commission and buy a custom piece of jewelry.
While you can find jewelry throughout the city, the quarter to visit to get jewelry unique to the city in Mellah, also known as the Jewish quarter.
You don’t have to travel to get fascinating and culturally accurate jewelry
At Mexican Silver Store, we work with local Taxco, Mexico artisans to offer our customers some of the most interesting jewelry you’ll find anywhere. Shop our jewelry offerings and contact us with any questions!