Jewelry may seem like an extravagance, but to many, it's an art form that allows wearers to express themselves. Here, we present some of the most renowned jewelry brands that offer the most exquisite pieces in the world.
The French brand was established by Frederic Boucheron in 1858. Through the years, the brand has become known for its fine craftsmanship and eye-catching designs. Up until the 2000s, when it was acquired by the Gucci Group and subsequently, Kering, Boucheron was one of the few remaining family-owned brands.
A Greek-born silversmith named Sotirio Voulgaris founded Italian luxury house Bulgari in 1884. In the world of jewelry, the brand is known for mixing precious and semi-precious stones to create stunning pieces. Upon his death, Voulgaris' sons continued to develop what we know now as Bulgari's distinct style using Greek and Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and the 19th-century Roman school of goldsmiths.
Buccellati was born from a merger of a father and son's brands, Mario Buccellati and Gianmaria Buccellati. Some of Buccellati's most recognizable designs are lace rings and necklaces as well as a special form of engraving called
Cartier is one of the most celebrated jewelry brands in the world. The French company has been trusted by royals, celebrities, socialites, and artists for exquisite jewelry since 1847. In fact, King Edward VII of England once referred to Cartier as"the
Founded in 1780, the House of Chaumet is one of the oldest jewelry brands in the world. Its history starts with Marie-Ãtienne Nitot, an apprentice to Aubert who famously made Marie Antoinette's jewelry. In addition to supplying jewelry to the world's royals, Chaumet is famous for its transformable high jewelry.
The Swiss House of Chopard was founded in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard. In 1963, Chopard was sold to watchmaker Karl Scheufele, and his kin still owns the brand to this day. Though more known for its timepieces, the brand makes sleek and refined jewelry.
7. De Beers
Founded in 1888, De Beers is known for its exceptional diamonds. The British brand is popular for its high jewelry which is named "The Jeweller of Light." In addition to jewelry making, the De Beers Group is involved in diamond mining. Through the years, the brand has discovered a couple of legendary diamonds that have become famous such as the 203.04-carat Millennium Star.
8. De Grisogono
Swiss luxury jeweler De Grisogono got its start in 1993, after being founded by black diamond specialist Fawaz Gruosi. Under the brand, Gruosi makes otherworldly pieces that use bold design and unique materials mixed with bespoke craftsmanship. One of his most famous pieces, a flawless 163-carat necklace known as the "Art of de Grisogono, Creation 1" sold for a record-breaking $33.7 million in 2017.
Founded in 1735, British company Garrard is one of the oldest jewelry brands in the world. As such, it has a long history of working with the British Royal Family being the official crown jeweler from 1843 to 2007. During her engagement, Princess Diana famously broke royal tradition and selected her now iconic sapphire engagement ring from the House's catalog.
The House of Graff makes some of the finest jewelry in the world, known for its diamonds of rarity and excellence. Through the years, the brand's founder, Laurence Graff, has acquired a number of notable diamonds including the Windsor Yellows, which were formerly owned by Wallis Simpson.
11. Harry Winston
American luxury jewelry company Harry Winston, Inc. was founded in 1932 by Harry Winston. Under his direction, the brand was known for its dramatic, unique designs using dazzling diamonds. In 2013, the Harry Winston brand was acquired by the Swatch Group in a $1 billion deal.
Mikimoto is the largest producer of fine quality cultured pearls so much so that the Japanese brand's founder, Mikimoto Kokichi, is often referred to as the father of the modern-day pearl industry. Mikimoto's creations are revered for their
The House of Piaget was founded in 1874. The Swiss brand has established itself in the world of luxury jewelry and watches by producing excellent and timeless pieces.
14. Tiffany & Co.
Founded in 1837, Tiffany & Co. is known worldwide for its stunning jewelry and even more stunning engagement rings. As one of the most iconic jewelry brands in the world, the brand has become synonymous with luxury and style. For over 175 years, the American brand has made a number of legendary pieces by working with designers such as Jean Schlumberger and Elsa Peretti.
15. Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef & Arpels started as a small jewelry shop in Paris. In its 120 years of existence, it has become one of the most famous luxury jewelry in the world. The French brand is perhaps most popular for its Alhambra motif, a classic symbol of luck, true love, health, and wealth, that's seen in necklaces, pearls, and earrings.
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