In the early days, Yair Shimansky was fascinated by the power of diamonds. The sparkling gems and their store of value was intriguing and mesmerizing. After few years of buying polished diamonds from local dealers, he was unsatisfied with the quality of the diamonds cut and polished. In 1998 Shimansky decided to travel to the diamond mines in Kimberley, South Africa, and buy rough diamonds directly from the mines. The first batch of diamonds was given to a local polisher who polished the diamonds for weight gain and not to maximize their brilliance. This is when Shimansky decided to enter the world of diamond cutting and polishing and setup the first Shimansky diamond polishing workshop in 1999, unique among jewelers to this day.
Shimansky is licensed to buy rough diamonds directly from South African mines. Each Shimansky diamond is cut and polished in-house to realize its full potential
Design & Innovation
Respected world-wide for innovative design and superior artistry, Shimansky has become one of the most recognized and revered jewelry brands in South Africa with several jewelry design patents, and international diamond cut patents. The My Girl diamond cut which was patented in 2003, was the first South African diamond cut patent in the world, with the perfect balance of fire, brilliance and scintillation.
Shimansky’s most iconic design to date is the Millennium Diamond Ring that became the brand’s symbol of contemporary, minimalistic design.
With the constant pursuit of perfection and innovation as part of the company’s DNA, new designs and collections are continuously being created for customers around the world.
A Unique Shopping Experience
Whether you are visiting beautiful Cape Town or vibrant New York, the Shimansky shopping experience is unique in every way. From a personalized guided tour that educates and inspires any diamond and jewelry lover, to a wide array of unique Shimansky jewelry designs, sparkling diamonds and dazzling tanzanite. You are spoilt for choice. If your heart desires a one of a kind creation just for you, the Shimansky team will design and craft a unique creation within your budget and beyond your expectations.
When visiting the Shimansky Cape Town or New York showrooms, advanced booking is recommended.
The true value of a Shimansky jewellery creation is only realized when it is worn by the person it is meant for.