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15 Cult fine jewellery brands worth investing in

15 Cult fine jewellery brands worth investing in

The crown jewels of jewellery

Text: Kelly Lim

Image: Tiffany & Co
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From time-honoured Maisons to the new icons, commit these fine jewellery brands to memory

As an universal form of adornment, jewellery, on the whole, never goes out of style. Whatever decade or trend, the unique design of a necklace, bracelet, ring or earring stays timeless in your personal collection, serving as both a statement piece and daily accessory. Whether gold, silver, diamond, pearl or any other gemstone, a good jewellery piece adds the right amount of sophistication and sparkle to any outfit—and make for good investments as they can be passed on as family heirlooms.

Whether you're looking to treat yourself to a new gem-studded necklace or on the hunt for a special diamond ring, consider this your cheat sheet to the fine jewellery brands worth investing in: 

THE CLASSICS

Tiffany & Co.

The iconic robin's-egg blue hue is known around the world as Tiffany Blue for a reason––who doesn't know and love Tiffany & Co. boxes? Or Audrey Hepburn's opening sequence in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany's? Though the timeless jewellery house has undergone a snazzy reinvention in the past few years, it remains the go-to place for generational pieces that span a range of styles from the 2000s-era charm bracelets, to jaw-dropping engagement rings. 

Cartier

Full of storied relationships with coronated kings and the Kardashians alike, Cartier has been offering luxury status symbols since 1847. From their iconic screw-on love bracelets to trinity rings and the Juste un Clou range that gave new meaning to the industrial nail, the famed French jeweller is one of the first that comes to mind in the world of fine jewellery and watches. 

READ: Buro Tries: Finding the perfect engagement ring at Cartier

Bvlgari

Though the Italian luxury brand has since expanded to include frangrances, hotels and more, Bvlgari is a fine jeweller at its core. Founded in Greece in 1884, the brand has offered designs that are iconic in their own right, from serpent bangles to the 2000s B.Zero1 rings that combine the Tubogas motif and the brand’s Roman BLVGARI logo.

Harry Winston

A visionary in the world of larger-than-life diamonds and red carpet fine jewellery, Harry Winston founded his eponymous business in New York in 1932 and quickly became known as the source for Hollywood screen legends and royal dignitaries. Known for his notable diamonds, perhaps most importantly the 45.52-carat 'Hope Diamond' in mesmerising deep blue, the jeweller was titled the "King of Diamonds" for a reason. At one point of his career, he owned more than one-third of the world's most famous gems, was the first jeweller to dress a celebrity for an Academy Awards show and revolutionised jewellery design with his signature cluster technique, which comprised of pear-shaped and marquise-cut diamonds set with minimal metals and at varying angles. Today, his legacy lives on through his brand via one-of-a-kind diamonds such as the 'Winston Pink', unparalleled engagement rings, and fine jewellery collections that reflect Winston's original silhouettes with a modern spin. 

Chopard

Though originally a Swiss watch manufacturer, Chopard has been known as a jewellery house since 1860. Never failing to imbue quality and no-compromise construction into its designs, Chopard's jewellery pieces continue to feel fresh and down-to-earth, with motifs that range from feminine florals to enamel hearts and nestled circles that marry urban elegance and modernity to give a geometric spiral effect.


Van Cleef & Arpels

For about 125 years now, Van Cleef & Arpels has been creating fanciful and feminine creations inspired by nature to represent symbols of luck, health and love. Its talisman-inspired, four-leaf clover Alhambra collection revolutionised what fine jewellery was and when it could be worn during a time when gemstone jewellery was largely reserved for evening wear. Throughout history, the brand has been loved by royalty and celebrities alike, from classic style icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and Greta Garbo to modern-day fashionistas like Julia Roberts and Mariah Carey

Mikimoto

The originators of cultured pearls since 1893, Mikimoto is one the best out there when it comes to weaving strands of the oceanic orbs into versatile, timeless designs. While elegant necklaces are an evergreen category of the Japanese brand, their recent collections of pearl bracelets and gender-neutral styles have gained popularity among the next generation. And if their recent collaboration with Comme des Garçons proves anything, it's that the brand can stay classy, contemporary and edgy all at the same time. 

THE NEW ICONS

Repossi 

Best known for its ornate, diamond-studded jewellery, Repossi is a master of contemporary minimalism. The third-generation Italian brand combines artistic and architectural inspirations with the exceptional know-how of the Place Vendôme, offering modern pieces that are avant-garde yet timeless. While their take on the stacking band is asymmetrical and off-kilter, their lineups have always been known to include ear cuffs that allow you to wear diamonds as if they were floating on your ears. 

Irene Neuwirth

With playful silhouettes and bright colours, Irene Neuwirth shows that fine jewellery should come with a heavy dash of playful imagination. Instantly recognisable collections are handcrafted using unique stones from the founder's worldly travels, ranging from hand-cut floral-shaped tourmalines to opal candy necklaces, with each piece arriving in a custom-dyed pouch.  

Fernando Jorge 

The Brazilian-born, Central Saint Martins graduate takes inspiration from "the laidback attitude and effortless sensuality" of his home country to deliver sculptural designs spanning colourful statement rings to abstract drop earrings perfect for a special occasion. Using locally sourced gemstones and minerals,  the eponymous designer works closely with craftsmen in central São Paulo to combine cutting-edge technology and design with specialised artistry. 

Gigi Clozeau 

Harnessing the spirit of more is more, Gigi Clouzeau creates irresistible charm pieces and high-quality resin designs accented with diamonds and gold that are meant to be layered. The French designer's passion for jewellery-making stems from her father, who's a renowned craftsman himself. With each design as a reflection of her own emotions, her jewellery is handmade in 18-carat gold with bursts of colours intended to spark plenty of joy. 

Maria Tash 

The notion of a curated ear game? This is where it all started. Known as the OG East Village piercer-turned-fine-jeweller in the Big Apple, Maria Tash is the go-to place if you're looking for fine jewellery that can go on any part of your body. Ranging from a gem-studded helix earring to a diamond constellation in the form of necklaces or studs, it's no wonder the collections of the fine jewellery designer is credited with the rise of luxury piercings.

Yvonne Léon

Hailing from a long line of Parisian jewellers, designer Yvonne Léon is best known for her signature ear jackets that are handcrafted from 18-carat gold and inlaid with rows of precious stones that parallel the lobe in elegance. Her pieces are playful and otherworldly, delivering age-old sophistication with a modern twist through bold signet rings to pendant necklaces punctuated with a refreshing dash of colour. 

Mejuri 

Looking for fine jewellery for everday wear? Mejuri is the place to go. Founded by Jordan-born Noura Sakkijha, the Canadian brand carries a range of price points (their DTC model means prices are also lower than traditional luxury brands) with pieces that are minimal yet high impact, arriving in both gold vermeil and diamond-studded 14K ranges. Cult classics include croissant earrings, classic hoops and stackable rings. 

Mateo 

Based around the concept of modern art, Mateo's simple yet striking pieces are best defined by its use of lustrous pearls, dazzling diamonds and precious stones. Founded by self-taught designer and 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist Matthew Harris, the New York-based brand offers modern, sophisticated styles that range from diamond studs and pearl anklets to their signature emerald-cut crystal quartz that reveals a 'secret heart' or initials alongside glistening diamonds in the form of a pendant necklace or heirloom ring. 

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