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Giza, Cairo, Egypt.
Tiffany & Co: Diamonds, Glitz Galore!
Diamond and jewellery franchise Tiffany & Co needs no introduction to Cairo: even the most die-hard cynics find it hard to resist the surge of butterflies-in-the-stomach and squeals of joy at the sight of the little blue box. From Aubrey Hepburn’s iconic film to that chart-topping pop song 'Breakfast At Tiffany’s', the implications of a Tiffany keepsake have us dreaming up stories of true romance.
Egypt has a total of two official branches in Cairo: in Mohandiseen’s Fifth Avenue and Giza’s First Mall. We recently perused the glossy display shelves of the Tiffany & Co. in Four Season Giza’s stately First Mall to take a peek at the stock.
The shop itself is small and accessible, with displays separated between colourful pendants, earrings and rings of semi-precious stones to the classic lockets and charms on chunky chains, with a stand-up display of Charmed by Tiffany charm ornaments featuring hearts, shamrocks and miniature padlock lockets in both gold and silver.
Of course, Tiffany’s features a healthy selection of his and her engagement and wedding rings. The selection varies from delicate, hair-thin models in gold with a platinum stripe detail to heavier models with a trademark Tiffany & Co. engraving, with gold models for ladies and platinum and sterling silver models for gentlemen.
With barely a handful of branches in Egypt, patrons would do well to make their requests for more specialised orders in advance; not all ring sizes and metals are available in every item, and the trendier items such as the silver heart pendant necklace sell out regularly.
While we did not spot anything from the glitzy diamond and pearl Tiffany Signature collection, we did see a fair show of Return to Tiffany hearts in gold, in rose gold and silver. The largest gold hearts sell for 2890LE, while the smallest of the heart pendant in rose gold sells for 2000LE. Tiffany Keys are also available in silver and gold in various sizes. Remember that pendants are sold separately from chains, of which you have a wide selection to match to your desired ornament.
The crowning item at the time of our visit was a pair of earrings with chunky amber and amethyst set in gold. After learning of the 30,000LE-price tag, we decided to leave them behind the glass and keep dreaming.
Instagram-based stores are spreading like wild fire and changing with them the whole online shopping experience. From imported, as well as locally designed, clothes, shoes and handbags to accessories and makeup, one can almost do all their shopping on one of the busiest social media platforms today.
Gypsy Gems, owned by Heba and Alia Emad, sisters and young entrepreneurs, sells unconventional jewellery that is mostly silver-plated and features natural gemstones. From bullet-shaped pendants to quirky rings and chokers, Gypsy Gems offers all kinds of pretty, non-mainstream accessories. The store came about as a personal project and it reflects the sisters’ love for boho accessories.
Our favourites of those offered included the Galaxy Crescent necklace (140LE), the Opal ring (120LE), the Geode Stone necklace (160LE) and the Titanium Dipped Quartz necklace (80LE), as well as the colourful bullet pendants (130-150LE).
We opted for the Sandstone pendant (150LE) and placed our order through direct messaging the account. You can either have your ordered delivered within a day or two by paying an extra 30LE or pick up your order in an agreed upon spot. We managed to make an arrangement with them and picked up our necklace a couple of days later.
Our necklace looked pretty much exactly like the picture, with the sandstone pendant being a glorious black-purple colour with tiny glittery particles. The necklace, itself, was a little shorter than expected but still a flattering length all the same.
All in all, we thought Gypsy Gems’ take on jewellery to be quite refreshing, as well as their service to be top notch. The prices are also quite affordable, given the fact that the jewels used are mainly natural stones.