Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is one of the most famous streets in the world. It is home to world-class restaurants, upscale shopping and famous destinations. And while visitors (and locals) flock daily for these various attractions, there is something even more special about this iconic thoroughfare. It’s actually home to jewelry, works of art, and fashion pieces that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
“Today’s sophisticated customer expects something special, and a particular strength of Fifth Avenue is providing unique offerings,” Jerome Barth, president of the Fifth Avenue Association, told me. “From remarkable pieces of jewelry and designer collaborations, to unique products and extraordinary exhibits, Fifth Avenue is a place where visitors can discover luxury offerings and one-of-a-kind shopping experiences.”
Here are five of those shopping experiences only available on Fifth Avenue.
128 carat yellow diamond at Tiffany & Co.
If you pass by famous Tiffany’s, be sure to take a look at the archival 128-karat yellow diamond coin. It is not for sale but kept in the Fifth Avenue store. “A fancy yellow diamond of extraordinary fire and beauty, the Tiffany Diamond is a symbol of the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship established with the founding of Tiffany & Co. in 1837,” describe Tiffany & Co.
Famous Instagrammable mural next to Céline
A giant arm parallel to the sidewalk, ending in a hand that has a thumb and forefinger pinched down, is screen-printed on the otherwise harmless service entrance at 9 East 59th Street, just east of Fifth Avenue and next to the Bape and Celine stores. The artist? The French graffiti master JR, who, as always, provided an image that was both provocative and, at the same time, easily Instagrammable.
Marylin Monroe pearl necklace at Mikimoto
Mikimoto on Fifth Avenue is home to some of the most amazing jewelry. But there is one that stands out above the rest: a row of 44 Mikimoto pearls that Joe DiMaggio gifted to the Monroe necklace during their 1954 honeymoon in Japan. It is the only heritage room in the Mikimoto store on Fifth Avenue.
The largest couture collection at Bergdorf Goodman
Only on Fifth Avenue will you find the largest assortment of high-end couture and designer collections in the world. And he’s staying at Bergdorf Goodman. Indeed, the Christian Dior couture collection is only presented in Paris and on Fifth Avenue. This too is shown by appointment only.
101.73 carats Legacy Diamond at Harry Winston
Harry Winston has an incredible collection of diamonds. But it got even more impressive in 2013 after acquiring a 101.73-carat pear-shaped diamond that auction house Christie’s described as “the most perfect diamond ever offered at auction.” It was so gorgeous and rare it has been nicknamed the “Winston Legacy” and is now shown by appointment only. Even if you don’t get a chance to peek at the rare gem, there is another exclusive Fifth Avenue experience. The New York collection at Harry Winston is currently only available in the New York show in the United States.