The awesome folks at Shimansky invited me to visit any one of their 5 Cape Town stores to check out their Festive Season offering (along with the opportunity to drape myself in other sparkly things too – tough I know, but someone’s gotta do it right).
I chose to visit their Shimansky Showroom in the Clock Tower (in the V&A Waterfront), because well, it has the added bonus of being linked to the Cape Town Diamond Museum which is a great opportunity to learn all about “girl’s best friend”.
During the week, you can even see their team of skilled jewellers carefully creating all the exquisite Shimansky pieces by hand:
And then at the end of your tour, you end up in the most gorgeous showroom you’ll ever see. Picture angels singing in the background:
I immediately got stuck in…. I had my mom with me who was visiting from PE and I don’t know if this was just her “please get married soon before you’re too old to wear a big wedding dress” energy, or pure coincidence, but we somehow ended up in the engagement ring section… hmmmm…
This was, however, where I found “My precious”. A rose gold stunner that my soul connected to instantly. Isn’t she pretty?
I of course also had a look at their Festive Season collection, which I can tell you has some really nice (and relatively affordable) pieces, which made it very hard to pick my top 5.
Tanzanite is a hot trend this season, not only because it’s such a pretty blue colour, but also because it happens to be the birthstone of December. And another thing you may not have known? Tanzanite is 1000 times rarer than diamonds which makes them extra special as a gift.
Right, now let’s get down to those top 5 picks. I’m going to start with number 5 and then work my way up to my favourite of favourites.
At number 5: Round Tanzanite and Microset Set Diamond Earrings (R21,995)
Round Tanzanite weighing 2.10ct and microset set diamonds weighing 0.07ct in total set in 18K White Gold.
At number 4: My Girl Lucky 8 Pendant in White Gold (starting from R19,995)
Shimansky My Girl diamond 0.80tcw Lucky 8 circle pendant set in white gold. (also available in Rose Gold)
At number 3: Tanzanite Southern Cross Pendant (starting from R6,995)
Shimansky Southern Cross tanzanite pendant set with 0.63tcw round tanzanite in white gold. (There’s also a mixed Tanzanite & diamond option for R9,995)
At number 2: My Girl Cross Pendant in Rose Gold (starting from R19,995)
Shimansky My Girl diamond 1.10tcw cross pendant set in rose gold (but you can also get it in white gold if that’s your preference).
And my choice for the ultimate gift this season: The Dancing Diamond Heart Pendant (starting from R3,995)
Shimansky Dancing Diamond heart pendant set with a round brilliant cut diamond in white gold.
The Dancing Diamond is set in a way that is keeps moving and therefore gives you the ultimate shine all day long. There’s also 4 designs in this range, the heart one which I love, a wishbone, a circular pendant & a larger heart. The prices just go up depending on the size of the pendant. So this heart one at R3,995 really is an incredible deal.
For more “giftspiration” (or if you’d like to print some things out and leave them around the house), check out the full Shimansky Festive Season catalogue over here.
And if nobody picks up on your hints, well then honey… #TreatYoSelf OK. 😉
If you too want to pop into a store, visit any one of their 5 branches which are located in the V&A Waterfont (the Clock Tower one & one in the main centre), Canal Walk, Tyger Valley & Cape Town International for those who want to do some last minute travel shopping. For contact details – check out their store directory over here.
Here’s hoping there’s something sparkly waiting for you in your Christmas stocking this year.