The world of jewelry is larger and more serious than the banal sparkle of precious stones, beckoning shine of gold and tens of thousands of dollars “for “this trinket!?”. Jewelry brands are real mastodons in the fashion industry. The history of most of them account for more than a hundred years. Therefore, their unique history, aura and signature style of the best masters are recognized at the first glance at a ring or pendant.
Now I’m going to tell you the most important and most interesting details about the best luxury jewelry brands in the world.
French Jewelry Brands
Established in 1847
Cartier jewelry is synonymous of the words luxury and chic. Just think about it — over the twentieth centur, the crowns by Cartier have been worn by royal families members throughout Europe! The precious panther on accessories has turned into a real talisman and a symbol of success. The brand’s iconic masterpieces are the 1888 women’s bracelet watch and trinity ring. In addition to the classic jewelry set, Cartier also creates pens and lighters. It is Cartier who is considered the inventor of clips, earrings without fasteners.
Established in 1858
The ability to turn extravagant and bold decisions into a beloved classic is a strong point of this brand. Recognizable Boucheron symbols – snake-shaped jewelry, the chameleon ring and ivy twigs. The brand’s style is manifested in The usage of colored gemstones, playing with Oriental motifs, depicting flowers and wild animals distinguish Baucheron from other jewelry brands. Extravagance, scope and courage in decisions are the tree pillars of the brand’s philosophy. By the way, Boucheron was the first to launch a replaceable watch.
In 2004, another brand symbol appeared – the Quatre ring in pink, white, yellow gold and ceramic. The ring has instantly become a cult. And the decorations of the Animaux collection in the form of animals have been the talismans of thousands of girls.
3. Van Cleef & Arpels
Established in 1896
Motifs of flora and fauna as well as fairy-tale characters are the brand’s identity. Van Cleef & Arpels has become a pioneer in many ways. Say, they were the first to introduce a bracelet watch with a hidden hour face. Also, a zipper necklace, which, when buttoned, is worn as a bracelet took the breath away the brand’s fans. And you can’t help looking at the shining diamond brooches, a jewelry in the shapes of dancing ballerinas and fairies The Alhambra necklace with a four leaf clover has been one of the most recognizable and at the same time copied luxury jewelry in the world for more than 50 years.
Italian Jewelry Brands
Established in 1884
The company with the name Bulgari was founded by the Greek Sotirios Bulgari, who eventually moved to Italy. In 1977, the Latin letter V appears instead of U, as a symbol of the roots of the brand. BVLGARI is the embodiment of catchy chic and prestige. One of the most recognizable jewelry is a wide ring with an engraved logo on the rim. The Bulgari Serpenti Collection, which combines gold and platinum metal scales, has become a landmark collection.
The spirit of the Italian Renaissance, geometric motifs, Roman classicism, avant-garde and the usage of multi-colored stones are the distinctive features of BVLGARI.
Established in 1921
Gucci jewelry is the epitome of elegance, luxury and at the same time casual philosophy. The first jewelry collection came out in the early 70s, and in the 90s Tom Ford gave Gucci jewelry line a new life. Masters of the company play with precious stones and metals, creating amazing accessories. They are expressive and original and, at the same time, quite restraint and elegant. The signature collections include the minimalistic bamboo collection, the military and the sophisticated safari collections.
Established in 1919
The brand was founded in Milan, and by the middle of the twentieth century it became famous in America. The company introduced the jewelry watches in 2001. Bucelatti topped the list of the brands that created jewelry cases for the iPhone and iPad. Masterpieces of the brand are recognizable thanks to its signature golden lace as well as a metal texture that resembles some expensive canvas.
Established in 1924
The brand based in Valenza, Italy. All its jewelries, from sketches to the polishing processes, are handmade. Damiani jewelry are popular among the wealthy and the the royal. Damiani is the only company in the world that has been granted with 18 Diamonds International Awards, which is the World Oscars for Jewelry.
Damiani masters prefer a classic round cut of the diamonds. The new diamond cutting technique lunette that enhances the radiance of the precious stones has been recently introduced. Damiani wedding jewelry became a successful duet of classics and avant-garde. The ring Queen is the Jewelry House’s calling card.
Silver items prices start at €400, while the cost of a masterpiece from an exclusive collection cannot be less that €10 000.
American jewelry brands
8. HARRY WINSTON
Established in 1932
It is celebrities’ favorite brand. Jewelry by Harry Winston are often seen at red carpets of film festivals. American jeweler Harry Winston has created a company adored by the elite of the whole world for its sophisticated design. A recognizable feature is the Marquise-cut stones, round and pear-shaped diamonds, as if gathered in a precious bouquet. In 1940, Winston presented the innovative cluster fastener, where diamonds are fixed at different levels that which enhances their brilliance. The watches by Harry Winston are also a significant category in the brand’s line of products. the brand. There are exclusive models with rich decor and everyday options.
9. Tiffani & Co.
Established in 1837
A turquoise box with the engagement ring by Tiffani makes the hearts of girls around the world tremble with delight. A recognizable jewelry with a diamond secured by six krapans first appeared in 1886. And after the release of the cult film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with Audrey Hepburn, Tiffani & Co gained even more fame.
Signature collections of the brand: Tiffani T with open accessories, Return to Tiffani with a signature heart pendant and Tiffani Keys in the form of precious keys.
Spanish Jewelry Brands
10. Carrera y Carrera
Established in 1885
The history of the company began with a family business. Now, Carrera y Carrera accessories are recognizable for their large-scale scope, catchy shades, pronounced symbolism of flora and fauna, exotic motifs, singing the beauty of soft lines and silhouettes, interest in oriental philosophy and sculptural products. Early Las Manos (“Hands”) and modern Jardín de Rosas (“Rose Garden”) are collections that reflect the brand’s spirit. Carrera jewelry resembles mini-sculptures and deserves to be called high art.
Established in 1920
The Spanish brand began its history with watch repair, and in 1965 Tous stamped itself as a jewelry manufacturer. The signature symbol of the brand, a tiny bear, appeared in 1985. It symbolizes pleasant childhood memories. Lightness, smoothness of lines, bright gems resembling lollipops are the trademarks of Tous.
Even cocktail rings or catchy necklaces lack pomposity or excessive pretentiousness. Therefore, they are fulfilled with enthusiasm, zeal and positive emotions. Tous signature products are collections for family holidays, paired jewelry and talismans for lovers.
Swiss Jewelry Brands
Established in 1860
The company was originally engaged in the production of watches. However, during the existence of the brand, the masters made collections in almost all possible styles: from retro to ultramodern motifs, from minimalism to shocking animalistic images.
This is the best trump card and advantage of Chopard, as the brand’s fans love it for variety. Happy Diamonds is one of the most successful recent collections, where precious stones move freely under the glass.
13. de GRISOGONO
Established in 1993
The founder of one of the most shocking companies in the jewelry world, Fawaz Gruosi, has a passion for colored stones, and especially for black diamonds. Interestingly, Gruosi spent his childhood in Florence, where he received a jewelry education. He was a representative of Harry Winston and Bvlgary, and by the age of 40 he decided to create his own company.
You will recognize the brand’s jewelry by cocktail motifs in rings with large gems, avant-garde forms, pomp and futuristic ideas. In de Grisogono, maximalism and luxury are praised and hymned. In the accessories – dozens of carats, clusters of precious stones and a lot of color. They are designed for women who are not afraid to take risks, who are not afraid to wear what no one wears, who are not afraid to be the first.
Global Jewelry Brands
Established in 1960
This London based brand is best known for processing unique colored diamonds of custom sizes and unique shades. Therefore, Graff boutiques present truly exclusive jewelry. No wonder Graff is the official supplier of diamonds for the royal court of Great Britain. Most clearly in the collections of floral motifs and geometric accents. The designers of the brand have a special love for yellow gems and cocktail rings. Each time Graff diamond watches amaze its connoisseurs with their fantastic design and prices. For example, the Hallucination model is estimated at $55 million.
Established in 1896
Kōkichi Mikimoto was the first to patent a method of growing natural pearls in artificial conditions. The story of the legendary company began in 1896. It has skillfully combined the elegance of pearl and chic of diamonds since then. In the works of Mikimoto they use exclusively 18-carat gold, platinum, diamonds and pearls; A silk thread is a beads’ basis. The line of products includes classic pearl strings and unique pieces of the Rare & Exquisite collection, where sometimes gems come to the fore, and pearls only give an item an extra charm.
The best jewelry brands become pioneers and set the fashion. Each collection of a top jewelry brand is truly amazing. Thousands of hours of work, years of efforts and relentless thirst for improvement have turned tiny workshops into giants of the jewelry industry. All we can is to enjoy the masterpieces and learn to distinguish high art created for centuries from momentary trinkets.
Translated by Tanya Pochtiennykh