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Our Gems & Jewels of New York Experiential Tour

ART SMART leads this experiential tour through New York in search of the city’s most spectacular gems, jewels, and their fabled history.

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A Brilliant New York Experience: Our Gems & Jewels of New York Tour

The theme of gems, jewels and jewelry leads us on a tour across New York City in search of the city’s most fabled jewels. Our tour experience includes a look at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most opulent treasures. We’ll also visit the American Museum of Natural History to explore one of the world’s finest collections of gems. This curated tour covers every facet of mankind’s love affair with precious jewels: the myths and legends surrounding gems, the timeless desire for spectacular stones to reflect wealth and status, and the incredible craftsmanship and design of jewelry through the ages. Aspects of history and popular culture are woven throughout.

Your tour will focus on gems prized most. Emeralds, diamonds, pearls and sapphires will feature center stage as we look at some of New York’s most dazzling pieces, including:

  • the rare and lavish Crown of the Andes, containing over five pounds of gold
  • a stunning emperor’s saber studded with emeralds, diamonds and pearls
  • one of the few large gem-quality emeralds that remains uncut

The tour can be infinitely customized: we tailor the content to your specific interests and offer optional, guided experiences to follow our museum excursions.

Follow up the tour with a custom experience

Experiential, hand-on, guided visits and appointments can follow:

  • An appointment with jewelry designers and gem suppliers in the Diamond District in Midtown
  • A behind-the-scenes tour with a Jewelry store on Madison Ave
  • A visit to Cartier’s newly restored mansion on Fifth Avenue
  • Artists’ studio visit at Museum of Arts and Design
  • Shopping excursion at gems stores and collectible natural artifact boutiques.

What to Expect:
After your booking, we’ll collaborate to customize your experiential tour. On the day of the tour, we’ll start with The Met’s collection, and then take transportation to the AMNH. We’ll then head to your experiential appointments.


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Private tours for 1 - 4 people in your group booked online* are $190 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines.

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing is $200 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.

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