They are the undisputable crème de la crème of the jewellery world. Exclusive brands that are coveted by the world but affordable only by a select few. What sets these brands apart is not just their use of the finest quality gems, precious metals or the outstanding workmanship – but also the fact that every creation has its own distinct personality, which makes it one of a kind.
Here’s the list of the world’s top uber-luxurious jewellery brands that rule the roost when it comes to some of the most beautiful, super-expensive and sought-after branded jewellery in the world.
From being the owners of some of the world’s most precious gemstones including the Jonker, The Blue Heart, The Vargas diamond, Hope and Winston Legacy diamonds, to adorning some of the most famous people in the world – from Hollywood A-listers, to heads of state and royalty for over eight decades, this New York-based jeweller’s name is synonymous with the best of the best. A tradition that continues till date across its many retail salons spread around the world.
A brand that needs no introduction, Cartier was founded by the French brothers – Louis-Francois and Jaccques Cartier. Interestingly, the early Cartier collections offer a unique East-West fusion inspired mainly by figurative Indian motifs and designs, courtesy Jaccques Cartier’s visit to India in 1911. Often referred to as “the Jeweller to Kings”, Cartier has designed for several royal families including the Maharaja of Patiala and the Duchess of Windsor.
Founded by Louis-Ulysse Chopard, this Swiss luxury brand is admired as much for the elegance of its jewellery as for the beauty and precision of its famous timepieces. Success requires a fine balance between a determination to promote company growth and the ability to take calculated risks. Each model, each variation or each one-of-a-kind Chopard creation has its own story.
Named after its founder Mikimoto Kokichi, this Japanese luxury brand came into existence in 1893 after its owner successfully created the world’s first cultured pearl. The brand is known for the use of rare Titian, white and South Sea pearls in most of their classic and elegant creations that have now become a symbol for Japanese culture globally.
Founded by Sotirio Bulgari in 1884, this Italian luxury jewellery brand is among the most expensive in the world. Featuring a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary designs, Bvlgari is known for the understated wearability of rare, precious gemstones – sapphires in particular and the use of transparent and opaque gems of every kind.
Starting of as a luxury timepiece brand in 1874, Piaget later ventured into making luxury jewellery pieces that made owner Georges Piaget famous across the globe. In 2008, The Luxury Institute jewellery brand study ranked Piaget as the 6th most prestigious jewellery brand. Today their elegant and intricate jewellery and timepieces enjoy huge success with an elite global clientele.
A name synonymous with high-end diamond jewellery and timepieces, Graff Diamonds was founded in 1960 in London, by Lawrence Graff. The brand is known for getting deeply involved in every stage of the jewellery making process – from sourcing each rough stone to the final setting of every polished jewel. Graff is also famous for its exclusive and elegant jewellery creations designed by top designers.
Tiffany & Co.
Already a popular American brand, it got even more famous after the 1961 Hollywood blockbuster – Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn. It’s known for the high quality of its jewellery creations that cater to men, women and even children. Tiffany & Co also has a very successful line of jewellery accessories that include motifs, brooches, pendants and earrings among others.
This Italian luxury jewellery maker has impeccable taste when it comes to designing high-end jewellery with a Roman twist. In 2015, Buccellati opened its flagship store in New York in Madison Avenue and also launched its special Art Collection showcasing five one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artworks. The brand is famous for its distinctive yet subtle style that invokes the glamour of the past with the contemporary feel of today.
Van Cleef & Arpels
The first Van Cleef & Arpels boutique opened at Paris’s 22 Place Vendôme in 1906 and remains at that address till date. For over a century this jewellery brand has been combining unparalleled craftsmanship, technical prowess and innovation in all its creations. The brand is coveted for the flawless setting of coloured stones including aquamarine, carnelian, malachite and emeralds across its high-end jewellery and bridal collections.