Ever wondered which are the top luxury jewelry brands in the world? Here is a list I have compiled- a few names may sound familiar, but only a few can afford the names featured in this list. These jewelry brands have been around for decades, with consistent innovation, design and creativity they have captured the mind and heart of jewelry lovers everywhere.
Today, let's check out the 10 most extravagant jewelry design houses and brands in the world and find out what makes each of them so special and unique. (Here's a link to our 22K gold and diamond jewelry collection.)
1. Tiffany & Co
Is an American luxury jewelry and specialty retailer, headquartered in New York City. Tiffany is renowned for its luxury goods and is particularly known for its diamond especially engagement rings and sterling silver jewelry. It has a powerful legacy attached to its name. Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and many big celebrities are all its loyal customers. Tiffany jewelry designs offer an enticing blend of sophistication and flawless craftsmanship- here are few of It's iconic pieces.
Louis Cartier, a French designer, founded Cartier in 1847 in Paris. Cartier is a French luxury goods company which designs, manufactures, distributes, and sells jewellery and watches. In 1947, Cartier created the legendary panther-shaped brooch with pave diamonds and the most beautiful gems. It caught the attention of the world. Cartier makes a different version of this ever since, which continues to be the most awaited pieces every year. Famous for exquisite Panthère brooches, Cartier is also renowned for its watches and other luxurious jewelry. The panther remains a symbol of the company to this day, and can be seen in some form on many of its pieces. Michelle Obama, Tom Cruise, The Duchess of Cambridge and many other famous personalities are fans of this brand.
Is an Italian brand that was started in the late 18th century by a Greek immigrant, Sotirios Voulgaris. Bvlgari’s signature jewelry is made of multicolored stones and diamonds that are truly exquisite and elegant. It remains true to its roots producing jewelry and accessories of compact rounded forms that are generously decorated with gems and various colors and combinations. Bvlgari is also famous for colored stones, especially sapphires mixed in unique formats. It's most known collection is ‘Serpentine,’ where jewelry like watches, necklaces, and bangles are coiled in the shape of a snake and are encrusted with diamonds and colored stones. Aside from the best gemstones, Bvlgari only uses 18-karat gold for its collection. International icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Princess Grace of Monaco were avid collectors.
4. Harry Winston
Started the brand in 1932, he was an American jeweler. Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958 after owning it for a decade and passed away in 1978. The company however retained his name and continued to make couture and designer jewelry using diamonds and gemstones. Not only are the items from the house of Harry Winston elegant and extravagant, they are durable as well and can easily pass the test of time. Known as the "Jeweler to the Stars" Harry Winston has shared a glamorous part of Hollywood's dazzling history for more than seven decades. From Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious, to The Graduate, to Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You, to How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Harry Winston diamonds have dazzled the silver screen, and shared in the magic of Hollywood glamour for generations. Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Amal Clooney, Madonna, Julie Andrews continue to choose Harry Winston on the red carpets even to this day.
Chopard is a Swiss company that was started in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in Sonviellier and was famous for making watches for women. It was later sold to a German company in 1960 that shared the same love of fine craftsmanship and creativity. Chopard continued to make what the company was best known for – luxury watches for women. Chopard’s extraordinary timepieces helped build a reputation of reliability and quality for It's brand. Chopard is known internationally for its high end jewelry and spectacularly innovative and dependable timepieces. It later expanded its horizons and went on to make luxury jewelry for women, all of which are highly sought after even to this day. It's patrons include Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, French actress Isabelle Huppert, Jane Fonda, Supermodel Karolina Kurkova and many others.
6. Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef & Arpels is yet another French designer company started by Alfred Van Cleef in collaboration with his uncle, Salmon Arpels in 1860 inory’s most famous celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Duchess of Windsor, Princess Grace of Monaco and many others.
7. David and Sybil Yurman
Since their launch in New York City in 1980, The David Yurman brand has been an influential part of the jewelry industry, both domestically and internationally. This private boutique brand is still run by its namesake David Yurman and his wife Sybil. It's signature piece is the ‘Cable Motif,’ which is all about encompassing silver, platinum, or gold wire and decking up with gemstones. Throughout every David Yurman collection, cable is used in innovative and beautiful ways—as a contrast to smooth polished metal or by flattening its cylindrical shape so the cable becomes a relief and an experiment in perspective. Cable is used as an accent, a bead, a setting, a clasp, and carved in stone. As a subtle signature, it often appears on the inside of a ring or back of a pendant where only the wearer will see it. Yurman transforms cable into knots, referencing cable’s connection to rope. Celebrities like Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, Cameron Diaz, and Reese Witherspoon are often spotted wearing David Yurman. Over the past four decades, it's powerful silver and gold bracelets, rings, pendants and earrings expressing this industrial motif have become icons of American jewelry design.
Is a big name not just in Italy (where it was first started) but in all other big cities like New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. The most distinctive aspect of Buccellati pieces is the rich textural quality, Mario Buccellati was the first to introduce the technique of texture-engraving. With a strong heritage and culture, Buccellati is known for its unparalleled quality and design in gold and silver laced diamond jewelry and stone studded insect and animal forms that are beautifully made into exquisite pieces. Buccellati's traditions and techniques date back to the jewelers of the Italian Renaissance. Pieces are created to look and feel like silk, damask, tulle, lace, or linen. Buccellati also takes pride in coming up with innovative designs that give their jewelry a very appealing look, like brushing and mattifying metals and heavy encrustation using high quality gemstones and diamonds. Italian fine jewelry house Buccellati handcrafts each of its one-of-a kind pieces and it's patrons include Italian poet Gabriele d'Annunzio, Princesses Luciana Pignatelli, Maria Gabriella of Italy, Greek Duchess Irene of Aosta, and many British and Egyptian royals.
Chanel is a French couture label that is no news to any of us. The luxury fashion house was started in 1909 by the legend herself – Gabrielle or “Coco” Chanel. The unique personality of Coco Chanel was the key to her vision of vintage jewelry. Coco Chanel was known for her revolutionary designs and for believing, voicing, and making clothes that marry feminine elements with the masculine element in a way that didn’t stereotype women, but brought out the best in them. Chanel is into designing fine contemporary jewelry. It's iconic monogram necklaces and bracelets as well as CC logo earrings, rings and broaches are internationally famous. In fact, the House of Chanel was the first one to introduce the concept of costume jewelry as a part of everyday fashion and as a colorful cost-effective way to complement Coco Chanel’s clothing line. Coco Chanel inspired a dream in women; a dream where they could be independent, successful and look good doing it. The price of a Chanel piece is the price of a legacy. heir clientele includes famous celebrities like Paris Hilton, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson among many others.
Graff is a British multinational jeweler based in London. Graff was founded in London in 1960 by Laurence Graff. By 1962, he had multiple stores open in London’s jeweler’s district. Today, Graff has over 50 luxury jewelry stores worldwide. In addition to his elaborate diamond jewelry designs, Graff is known for buying and resetting famous diamonds. It is home to fine diamonds and gems of unparalleled rarity, perfection and unrivaled beauty.