645 5th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.759228 -73.976623
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown Center
Quality jewelry but strange gift certificate policy – My wife introduced me to this store a couple years ago. Most of the jewelry she had was from here. We bought our wedding rings here and several nice pieces since. They are pricy but the items are unique and well worth the money you pay. They rarely have sales but you can sometimes find items 50% off.
I rated them 4 instead of 5 stars because of a unique policy which they have. I recently purchased a gift certificate for my wife and also bought a necklace & pendant which happened to be on sale. My wife liked it and went to purchase another for her with the gift certificate but was a bit embarrassed when told gift certificates are no good for sale items. The sales person never told me this when it was purchased and I was a bit bothered. I later called the manager who made an exception to the rule so she could use the certificate. A wise decision.
Pleasant Surprise – I was looking for a present for my girlfriend... She likes contemporary, elegant, not flashy but somewhat understated jewelry. I was looking for something under $300 (earrings or a necklace). I went to all the stores you know (Tiffany's, Sacks 5th Ave, Bergdorf Goodman, etc. etc.) and was ready to give up... The jewelry was either too expensive or old-fashioned. I've never heard about H.Stern. This store offered exactly what I was looking for -- variety of modern styles, extremely elegant and for any price range. Their "Snowflake" style earrings and necklace (with diamonds) were stunning (around $700) above my price range though. However, the customer service person took time to find out what I was looking for and suggested earrings for $200 and surprisingly this was exactly what I wanted. Unfortunately, H.Stern does not have a web site, but it is definitely worth a visit.
Modern designs from a jewelry giant. – The Scene
An upscale Zales or a design-conscious Fortunoff, Brazilian gem purveyor H. Stern is rapidly morphing into the world's largest jewelry chain (180 stores to date). The newer shops are sleek, modern, and vaguely resemble corporate boardrooms of the late 1980s (too much blonde wood paneling). A cheerful, unpretentious sales staff is happy to rave about those shoulder-grazing gold mesh earrings.
Unlike other jewelry heavyweights, H. Stern emphasizes design rather than rock size. Displays are organized according to the company's constantly changing lines, most of which are extremely contemporary in style. This is the place to come for fun, fashionable, unusual, and reasonably priced gems--look elsewhere for an engagement ring or a brooch for grandma.
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