Hi everyone! Happy New Week! As many of you know, I’ve been engaged since last year and even though I haven’t quite started planning the wedding yet but I’ve been doing casual shopping for the wedding band. At every chance I get, I like to see my options and what kind of wedding bands are out there. Since this is something I hold very close to my heart, I want to make sure it is perfect since it’s something I have to live with for the rest of my life.
As norms are constantly shifting with the ever changing mind-set of the society, the traditional “wedding band” in the sense is no longer the norm for a lot of people. Some people still do get the traditional wedding band, some prefer just wearing the engagement ring as both the engagement and the wedding band, and some prefer a whole new “engagement ring” on its own. I have done some wedding band shopping when I had the opportunity to, referring to London in March at Tiffany & Co, Cartier here in South Africa and now recently Shimansky. Initially I did want a traditional wedding band with diamonds all-round but I really didn’t want to detract the attention away from my engagement ring if I wore them together (these are seriously some of the things you have to consider). If you are looking for a ring, whether an engagement ring, or a promise ring, I hope my post will give you some options and some insight into our very own Shimansky.
The founder, designer and creator of Shimanky, Yair Shimanky started his business in selling jewellery at a Durban market in the ’90s. Later his opened up his very first jewellery store at The Pavillion in Durban. All Shimansky diamonds not only comes with international certification from the GIA but all diamonds are cut and polished locally, at the Shimansky Diamond Cutting and Polishing Factory in Cape Town. That said, here are my top 5 ring picks (in no particular order) where the design is rather exclusive to Shimansky:
My Girl Designer Diamond Ring
This is world’s first square-cut diamond with a diamond-shaped table and the only internationally patented diamond cut to originate from South Africa. The centre diamond is surrounded by round-cut diamonds, with a row going down the band. I never thought that I would like a square-cut diamond before this one. How beautiful are they??? Simply breath-taking!
2 Hearts Engagement Ring
This design involves a round-cut centre diamond set on 2 hearts. There is a heart on either side but when you view the ring from the top, it looks almost like a rose. Absolutely stunning! You can actually the metal, the picture above is the rose gold and I think it really complements the setting.
For those who don’t know, this collection is basically “My Love” written backwards, super romantic gesture as a matter of fact. The centre diamond is set on two bands with another thinner band in the centre. You have the option of making the centre band set with small round-cut diamonds.
Circle of Love
This collection is classy and discreet. From the top, it looks like a plain band but from the side view, you are able to see the small round-cut diamonds around the band on either side.
Microset Diamond Band
This is one of the rings that I tried on at the store, it is a very classic piece and it is in the Classic Collection at Shimansky. What I like about this is that the band is quite thin and it complements my engagement ring without detracting the attention away from it.
Of course, a trip to the jewellers is not complete without being introduced to and trying on some other pieces with no intention of purchasing. It is always fun to playing dress up with beautiful diamonds and tanzanite. Plus the staff were so friendly and informative at the store in Nelson Mandela Square, I almost didn’t want to leave. Below are some pictures we took while I browsed their collections.
Shimansky has recently come out with their Holidays Catalogue, it’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you are looking for a special gift for a special someone, because a little bling never hurt anyone. 🙂