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SA jeweller set to sparkle at New York design fair

In a first for the country, South African jewellery design house Shimansky will be putting a twinkle in the eye of visitors to an exclusive exhibition curated by Vogue Italia for the prestigious Salon Art + Design Fair in New York City.

Shimansky has been selected to join a line-up of international fine jewellery design houses for the exhibition, titled The Protagonist – Celebrating the Best in Mindful and Sustainable Dine Jewellery later in November.

For The Protagonist exhibition, CEO and founder Yair Shimansky will present a breathtaking design featuring a rare blue round brilliant-cut, 27-carat tanzanite ring held in 18K South African white gold. The ring setting is home to a cascade of 2.3 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds designed to offset the tanzanite’s intense blue-violet colour.

A thousand times rarer than diamonds, tanzanite comes from a single finite vein in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Formed more than 550 million years ago, the gemstone can only be mined from the earth using a hammer and chisel to ensure a sustainable interaction with nature, which is why Shimansky has built a long-standing relationship to source tanzanite directly from the Maasai tribe in Tanzania.

“Responsible and sustainable sourcing is at the heart of Shimansky’s jewellery creation where we follow the journey of both diamonds and tanzanite by employing our respected mine to finger approach – ensuring every creation is mined in a natural and ethical manner within a conflict-free environment,”

Yair Shimansky

“As an ode to African heritage, this exceptional tanzanite piece represents all that Salon Art + Design embodies: impeccable quality, groundbreaking design, luxurious offerings and geographical diversity.”

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