One of the concessions to luxury is fine jewelry. So which brands are considered the creme de la creme in the jewelry world? Find out all about them here in this gallery. Keep on clicking!
If high-quality pearls are your “precious,” so to speak, settle for nothing less than Mikimoto. The company has been carrying the legacy of the late Mikimoto Kokichi, the Japanese entrepreneur who is credited for creating the first cultured pearl in the world. Since then, Mikimoto has been one of the leading producers of luxury pearls. And the company has adorned many of the world’s most beautiful women, as it has been the official jeweler of Miss USA, Miss Universe, and Miss Teen USA competitions.
Watchmaker Piaget has also conquered the luxury jewels industry. Currently, the company owns the biggest jewelry workshop in its home in Geneva, Switzerland. Piaget’s meticulously handcrafted jewelry, like its watches, combine elegance and style which has won favor with their clients. They are really stunning to look at it. Jewelry collections include Possession, Rose, Heart, Limelight, and Men’s Jewelry.
Swarovski is one of the most high-profile jewelers in the world today. Swarovski has been the leading manufacturer of cut lead glass since 1895 when it began as a small glass factory. It eventually created and patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of high-quality crystal glass. Swarovski uses its crystals, along with other fine-quality luxury products, which are created either by the company alone or in partnership with other designers. By request, clients can have these Swarovski crystals embedded in their shoes, bags, dresses, or even their wedding cakes!
Who could forget the Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany’s featuring its flagship store in New York? That may be the first thing you know about Tiffany and Co., but it’s more than “just” an iconic cinematic appearance. Tiffany and Co. started selling stationery items in 1837 and as years passed, expanded its merchandise by selling luxury jewelry. Tiffany and Co. also have stores in many parts of the world.
Founded by Alfred Van Cleef and his uncle Salomo Arpels in Paris, France, Van Cleef & Arpels has an established footing in the luxury jewels market. Among their famous clients include the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor. Van Cleef and Arpels also sell watches and perfume.
After extensive training in Sorbonne, Paris, and travels in many parts of the world, Annoushka Ducas and her husband John Ayton opened their first store Links of London in 1990. When the company became successful, Ducas branched out her talents by opening another store that now bears her name, in 2009. The meticulously handcrafted jewelry is designed to be worn at both formal and informal occasions. Fans of Annoushka include Hollywood A-listers Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, and Emma Watson.
Autore is an Australia-based luxury jewelry brand that specializes in accessories mainly made of high-quality pearls. Autore has seven collections — Orchid, Essential, Boutique, Couture, Oceania, Fire & Ice, and Venezia — all intricately and artfully designed pieces that feature fine-quality pearls.
Do you have plenty of cash to spare? Why not consider blowing it on an iPhone case? But it’s not just an iPhone case. In April 2014 international luxury jewelry brand Buccellati unveiled the most expensive iPhone case in the world. Made of gold and studded with diamonds, it costs $200,000! The design is refined and exquisite, which speaks well of Buccellati’s trademark. Largely a family business started by Italian jewelry maker Mario Buccellati, for decades the company has been carrying their commitment to creating and producing the finest quality jewelry in the world.
Aside from watches, accessories, fragrances, and hotels, Bulgari (spelled as BVLGARI) is also famous for its luxury jewelry. Since it started in 1884 in Rome, Italy, Bulgari has expanded its line of luxury goods and won the hearts of jewelry lovers for its classic-contemporary pieces. Aside from having the passion for luxury, Bulgari also has the compassion to help the less fortunate. Its collection Save the Children features pieces that are custom-designed by Bulgari. It was launched as a way of raising funds for Save the Children. Since 2009 Bulgari has donated about 13 million Euros (about $14.1 million) to its favorite charity.
This globally-famous luxury goods brand was started by Louis-Francois Cartier in 1847 in Paris. When you peek into its long history you will see a long list of celebrity clients who have appreciated the Cartier jewelry designs. Some of the celebrities who are known to wear Cartier include King Edward VII, Empress Eugenie, Wallis Simpson, Bhupinder Singh, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Barbra Streisand, cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather, and many others. It seems that Cartier is the preferred jewelry brand of the rich and famous as well as royalty.
Swiss watchmaker Louis-Ulysse Chopard opened his shop in 1860 and soon the brand and its line of luxury watches spread quickly throughout many parts of Europe. Following the company’s acquisition by the Scheufele family, Chopard added luxury jewelry and since then it has maintained its unblemished position as one of the leading fine jewelry brands of our time. Precision, fine quality, and artistry are the qualities that Chopard is known for.
Graff stands true to its tagline, “The Most Fabulous Jewels in the World.” The London-based luxury jewelry brand surely showcases their line of exquisite, stunning, fantastically fine pieces which can also be custom-made to please its clientele. The company combines the alluring mix of the classic and the contemporary as shown by its collections: Rosette, Carissa, Rhythm, Graff Icon, Bombe, Butterfly Medallion, Chandelier, Infinity, Pave Butterfly, Briolette, Classic Butterfly, Diamond on Diamond, and Lotus. It has several stores in the US, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa
An approach to ingenuity and elegance certainly ran in Harry Winston’s blood. During the early 20th century his own father started a jewelry business and Winston himself became his dad’s apprentice, honing his jewelry-making skills. Winston followed his father’s footsteps and eventually expanded his jewelry empire in just a very short time. Today Harry Winston is synonymous with luxury, grandeur and refined taste as it has also adorned several Hollywood celebrities gracing the red carpet.