We bought some jewelry - and had a big time doing it.
We were in NY and in our hotel (the Essex - see related post) was a tiny jewelry store. There were some simply spectacular pieces for sale and we stepped in, greated by Daniel Safdie. Pam spotted a ring, and I spotted a Girard Perregaux watch.
Then the fun began. It turns out that the art and antique store, also in the hotel and the jewelry store are under common ownership and management. Daniel's brother Ron runs the art store - R. N. Joseph Fine Arts. Daniel coaxed us down the hall to the larger store. It was quickly obvious that Daniel is the straight man, and brother Ron is the entertainment and sales closer.
So we found ourselves joking - and a little negotiating - with two Jewish guys in yarmulkes with country music in the background (a curious coincidence for us Tennesseans).
We bought the watch and ring and Pam picked up a few Jay Strongwater pieces to go along.
I think we got good deals on the jewelry, but we definitely had fun with the Safdies. The store is full of beautiful pieces of art, jewelry, chandiliers and other stuff too numerous to mention.
If you are in Manhatten pop in for a little fun. Bring you platinum card.