Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
They say that “all that glitters is not gold," but Annabelle Mallia discovered plenty of glam at these jewelry stores.
If you’re planning on popping the question this Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone. Despite the perceived cheesiness of declaring your eternal love on a commercial holiday, almost six million people do it each year, according to an American Express consumer survey. Here are some of our favorite jewelry stores to ensure you’re well equipped for the occasion.
Specializing in engagement and wedding rings, Niessing (Stilwerk, Kantstr. 17, www. niessing.com) is renowned for contemporary jewelry design and has received multiple Red Dot design awards. Their manufactory in Vreden near the German-Dutch border is the heart of the company, and oversees everything from design to melting of the gold bars to setting of the diamond. The Niessing gold color spectrum is unique worldwide, as is its Spannring ring, with only the tension of the two metal ends holding the gem in place.
If it’s pure luxury you are after, visit Wempe (Kurfürstendamm 215, www.wempe.com), one of Germany’s oldest family-owned companies. Established in 1878 as just a small watchmaker’s workshop, it quickly became an international brand for exquisite timepieces and jewelry. The current line of BY KIM engagement rings, introduced by the current owner and great-granddaughter of the founder, is the ultimate crown for anyone’s love story.
Devoted to the various eras of jewelry making, Wagner
Preziosen (Mommsenstr. 4, www.wagner-preziosen.de) carries both antiques and avant-garde pieces, as well as its own Wagner collection, combining classical jewelry with an exciting range of materials. One highlight is the sphere ring, made out of red gold with an engraved sun beneath a smoky quartz cabochon to convey different effects when viewed from different angles. If you lack the words, a romantic gesture in the form of Chopard jewelry (Kurfürstendamm 54, www.chopard.com) will surely do the trick. Founded in 1860, this premium timepiece maker is also world-renowned for its haute- couture jewelry, engagement rings, and other accessories. Classics such as Chopard For Ever and For Ever Ring Pavé are a tribute to the exceptional expertise of Chopard’s craftsmen. However, if you’re not ready to tie the knot and are just looking for a special gift, then enter APM Monaco (Kurfürstendamm 217, www.apm-monaco. com). This popular contemporary fashion jewelry brand is inspired by the joie de vivre of southern France and will surely not disappoint.
Clockwise, from left: a brooch from Wempe; a Chopard necklace; a ring by APM Monaco. Inset, below: A classic ring by Wagner Preziosen.