The Best Cities to Buy Jewelry

Whether it’s affording that high-end apartment in the hippest part of town or owning lots of bling, having the budget for the big time is a reward anyone would love to win. Once you’ve got the cash, where are the best places to spend it? For those of you who like to sparkle, it’s good to know the best cities to buy jewelry.

Florida seems to be the winner when it comes to the state jewelers most like to call home. Three different cities from the sunshine state made our top 10 list. This could stem from the number of cruise ships stopping in Florida ports on a regular basis — more than 5 million cruise passengers went through the port of Miami in 2019. It may also result from a large number of people with deep pockets who call the state home.

No matter if you’re shopping for yourself, looking to wow someone special with a unique gift or going in to buy that all-important ring that comes along with a very important question, you want options when on the hunt for the perfect piece of jewelry.

Locating the best cities to buy jewelry

Finding the best cities for jewelry shoppers ultimately comes down to where someone has the most access to options. Evaluating the total number of jewelry stores with the overall population of each city produced a per capita ratio based on the number of stores per every 100,000 people.

These are the top 10 winning cities for shoppers who can’t resist a little sparkle.

10. Knoxville, TN

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Located on the Tennessee River, Knoxville combines a bustling downtown with 19th-century charm. The Market Square district, which has been in operation since the 1860s, is a popular destination for shopping, eating, drinking and even living.

With shopping such a mainstay of Knoxville, there’s no wonder the city boasts 76 jewelry stores in the area. Custom, handmade jewelry, made in Knoxville itself, is available for any occasion with unique designs to dress up or dress down.

You’ll typically find a lower cost of living in Knoxville and can expect to pay $1,237 a month for a one-bedroom apartment here in Tennessee’s third-largest town.

9. West Palm Beach, FL

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The shopping experience in West Palm Beach is definitely unique. Hot spots like Clematis Street offer shopping, dining, water sports and museums. You can do it all, in one spot, in one day. As one of the three main cities in South Florida, West Palm Beach feels like a big city even with a small population because of all the amenities within the city limits.

Surrounded by luxury and enticed to venture out thanks to an average annual temperature of 75 degrees, why not hit up one, or more, of the 46 jewelry stores?

Living a luxurious life has its price and rent costs are no exception. Plan to pay around $1,807 for a one-bedroom apartment in this beach town.

8. Pittsburgh, PA

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Known as the City of Bridges, Pittsburgh makes you work hard to see all it has to offer. With more than 700 sets of public stairs within the city limits, you’ll feel the burn as you visit the many points of interest in this town. Don’t worry, with more bars per capita than any other U.S. city, there are plenty of places to rest.

For a unique shopping experience, visit Southside Works, an area that was once a steel mill. Be on the lookout for one of the city’s 127 jewelry stores while you’re there, many with a long history of serving local customers.

Pittsburgh is considered one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania, and most residents rent. Expect to pay about $1,623 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.

7. Atlanta, GA

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Whether looking to shop in a more traditional mall or explore cute boutiques and shops outdoors, Atlanta has it all. From Atlantic Station to Ponce City Market, you don’t have to drive far to cross items off your shopping list. With deep, historical roots, this ever-expanding city can give you a solid lesson in the past while entertaining you with its modern feel.

More than 200 jewelry stores fit into the cityscape of Atlanta. From mom-and-pop-owned establishments to bigger chains, locals can easily tell you their favorite place to go for any particular piece, from engagement rings to anniversary gifts to something special for a big birthday.

Atlanta attracts all kinds of people and offers all types of housing options. Living downtown brings a slightly higher cost than sticking it out in the suburbs and commuting in, but it’s worth paying for proximity to all the action. You’ll most likely spend $1,719 per month in rent for a one-bedroom apartment.

6. Las Vegas, NV

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A city synonymous with decadence, you can find just about anything in Las Vegas between The Strip and its surrounding areas. From casinos to shows, attractions, amazing restaurants and even better shopping, it’s often hard to find time to rest. Also popular are local wedding chapels, where 120,000 marriage ceremonies are performed each year. And what completes your “I dos” more than sealing the deal with a ring?

As a result, there are more than 300 jewelry stores in the area. Add in the potential for a great find at a pawn shop, like the famous one featured on the TV show, “Pawn Stars,” and you’ve got a lot of choices for tracking down a unique piece of jewelry.

As a big tourist location, it can be difficult to find just the right neighborhood in your price range. However, it’s an affordable place to live with monthly rent averaging around $1,071 for a one-bedroom apartment.

5. Columbia, SC

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The capital of South Carolina, Columbia has an assortment of shopping destinations that heavily feature both retail outlets and art galleries. From Main Street to The Vista to Five Points, shoppers will keep busy.

A highlight of the shopping experience is King’s Jewelers. Located right on Main Street, this particular jewelry store has been in business for more than 70 years and is still family-owned and operated today. It’s just one of the 64 jewelry establishments in Columbia to visit when shopping for a little bling.

Recent urban development has helped revitalize Columbia’s city center, improving options for apartment seekers. Rent is reasonable, although it has seen an increase over the last few years. A one-bedroom apartment average out at $1,095 per month.

4. Honolulu, HI

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Located on the south shore of Oahu, Honolulu is not only the capital but the gateway to the entire chain of Hawaiian islands. Within the city, the neighborhood of Waikiki, identified by its iconic crescent-shaped beach, is considered the dining, nightlife and shopping center of Honolulu.

As one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., it’s no surprise there are almost 175 jewelry stores to shop at if you can bring yourself to walk off one of the 100-plus beaches that ring the city.

Expect a high cost of living to enjoy all the beauty and beaches within Honolulu. Average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment will cost you $2,193.

3. Orlando, FL

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More than just the Magic Kingdom and Hogwarts, Orlando has a lot to offer outside of its popular theme parks. There are multiple malls and designer outlet centers, but the best shopping spots are one of the outdoor shopping districts like Pointe Orlando or Winter Park. These spaces allow you to take advantage of the warm, sunny weather without having to buy a ticket to an expensive theme park.

Right beside Orlando is Port Canaveral, a large cruise ship port. Those heading out to sea often pass through Orlando, and one of the best ways to kill time before your cruise begins is to shop. With more than 150 jewelry stores in the area, you may find a special gift to bring home before even going on board.

For those looking to live in the Orlando area, rent can get pricey, so make sure you’re spending an appropriate percentage of your income on housing. A one-bedroom apartment costs about $1,528 per month.

2. Scottsdale, AZ

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Between the golf courses, luxury hotels and casinos, Scottsdale does a bustling retail business. Known for superior shopping, this upscale city attracts a crowd ready to spend. People duck in and out of shops to avoid the heat, which reaches up into the 100s during the summer months. With an average high of 65 degrees in December, it’s safe to say it’s always on the warm side in Scottsdale.

Built on the original site of Scottsdale, Old Town offers a combination of high-end shops, Native American jewelers, restaurants and clubs. A free trolley makes it even easier to explore the entire area, sampling some of the 148 jewelry stores in the city.

Rent is on the pricier side in Scottsdale when compared to other locations on this list. A one-bedroom apartment could cost you $1,743 per month based on the neighborhood. One contributor to this higher rent is that Arizona has a state income tax considerably higher than many other states.

1. Miami, FL

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It’s not just the shopping that feels bigger and bolder in Miami. Nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America,” the city boasts a reputation as one of the world’s most popular vacation spots. For locals and tourists alike, the swank nightlife and popular areas of South Beach, Little Havana and Calle Ocho create a unique energy that attracts people to the city.

Take advantage of the excess even when you’re practicing some retail therapy. An endless array of shopping areas like Coconut Grove gives you access to more than 440 jewelry stores in the area. There’s never a shortage of options.

As one of the most expensive cities to live within Florida, a one-bedroom apartment in Miami costs about $2,556 per month. The glitz and glamour don’t necessarily come cheap.

A few more cities for jewelry shoppers

Didn’t see your home on our list, don’t worry. Here’s an extended list of the best cities to buy jewelry based on available stores per 100K people.

RankCityStatePopulationJewelry StoresJewelry Stores Per Capita (100k)
1MiamiFL 470,914 44694.7
2ScottsdaleAZ 255,310 14858.0
3OrlandoFL 285,713 16056.0
4HonoluluHI 347,397 17349.8
5ColumbiaSC 133,451 6448.0
6Las VegasNV 644,644 30146.7
7AtlantaGA 498,044 22545.2
8PittsburghPA 301,048 12742.2
9West Palm BeachFL 111,398 4641.3
10KnoxvilleTN 187,500 7640.5
11Costa MesaCA 113,615 4539.6
12Fort LauderdaleFL 182,595 7239.4
13Saint LouisMO 302,838 11839.0
14TampaFL 392,890 15338.9
15SavannahGA 145,862 5537.7
16CincinnatiOH 302,605 11237.0
17RochesterNY 206,284 7536.4
18DaytonOH 140,640 5035.6
19LafayetteLA 126,143 4434.9
20McAllenTX 143,433 4934.2
21TylerTX 105,729 3634.0
22Baton RougeLA 221,599 7232.5
23RichmondVA 228,783 7331.9
24GlendaleCA 201,361 6331.3
25CarlsbadCA 115,877 3631.1
26San FranciscoCA 883,305 27030.6
27Sugar LandTX 118,600 3630.4
28WilmingtonNC 122,607 3730.2
29LakelandFL 110,516 3329.9
30Salt Lake CityUT 200,591 5929.4
31ClearwaterFL 116,478 3429.2
32El CajonCA 103,241 3029.1
33BoulderCO 107,353 3128.9
34EvansvilleIN 117,963 3428.8
35CharlestonSC 136,208 3928.6
36Los AngelesCA 3,990,456 1,090 27.3
37Pompano BeachFL 111,954 3026.8
38HialeahFL 238,942 6426.8
39AthensGA 125,964 3326.2
40SpringfieldIL 114,694 3026.2
41TucsonAZ 545,975 14125.8
42TorranceCA 145,182 3725.5
43Grand RapidsMI 200,217 5125.5
44BeaumontTX 118,428 2924.5
45Pembroke PinesFL 172,374 4224.4
46ClevelandOH 383,793 9324.2
47Santa RosaCA 177,586 4324.2
48WaterburyCT 108,093 2624.1
49HoustonTX 2,325,502 55523.9
50FullertonCA 139,640 3323.6

Cities with the most jewelry stores

Tossing population aside, this list features the cities where you’ll have the most shops to search when looking for that ideal piece of jewelry. These are the cities with the most jewelry stores overall.

RankCityStatePopulationJewelry StoresJewelry Stores Per Capita (100k)
1New YorkNY 8,398,748 1,938 23.07
2Los AngelesCA 3,990,456 1,090 27.32
3HoustonTX 2,325,502 55523.87
4MiamiFL 470,914 44694.71
5ChicagoIL 2,705,994 40214.86
6Las VegasNV 644,644 30146.69
7San FranciscoCA 883,305 27030.57
8DallasTX 1,345,047 25518.96
9San AntonioTX 1,532,233 25416.58
10San DiegoCA 1,425,976 22815.99

Methodology

To determine the best cities to buy jewelry, we looked at every city in the U.S. with a population over 100,000 according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 population estimates. From there, we divided the total number of jewelry establishments in that city by the total population. We then multiplied that number by 100,000 to determine the number of establishments per 100,000 people. The cities with the highest per capita ratio were deemed to be the best cities to buy jewelry in our quantitative report.

Total establishment counts are from a database of 8 million commercially available business listings. These listings may not reflect recent openings or closings.

Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.com’s multifamily rental property inventory from February 2020 to February 2019. Our weighted average formula more accurately represents price availability for each individual unit type. This specific methodology was used because it provides a better overall average for the year as a whole and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.

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Lesly GregoryLesly Gregory has over 15 years of marketing experience, ranging from community management to blogging to creating marketing collateral for a variety of industries. A graduate of Boston University, Lesly holds a B.S. in Journalism. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, two young children, three cats and assorted fish.

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