Have you ever wondered which jewellery names merit a place on the world’s top 10 list?
Founded in Paris in 1847, Cartier, through its superb craftsmanship and its rich history of serving royalty, has gone on to become one of the world’s most esteemed and respected jewellery brands. Operating more than 200 stores in 125 countries, its popularity has increased greatly over the past five years thanks to its enormous marketing campaigns such as its beautiful L’Odyssée video.
2. Harry Winston
Through its continual dedication to producing exquisite fine jewellery pieces, the legendary American jewellery has definitely earned its place on the top 10 list. Founded in 1932, it has become one of the most exclusive fine jewellery and timepiece brands in the world. Renowned for its superb diamonds, pioneering craftsmanship and innovative designs, the history of the company lies deep with historical gemstones such as the Lesotho, the Jonker, the Taylor-Burton, and the Hope Diamond.
3.Van Cleef &Arpels
Founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his uncle Salomon Arpels, this prestigious French brand has become renowned for its expertise in precious stones and its groundbreaking gem-setting procedure known as the Mystery Setting; a technique that gives maximum exposure to the gemstone, as the prong is hidden underneath.
4. Tiffany &Co
Becoming immensely popular after the iconic movie, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” today the brand has a well established pedigree as being one of the most sough after high-end names in the industry. Since its foundation in 1837, there are few companies that produce such elegant and feminine designs with superb quality diamonds.
Delivering Swiss perfection through its high-end jewellery and watch collection, Piaget is a pioneer in the creation of ultra-thin watch movements and high quality jewellery pieces. Founded in 1874 by Georges Piaget in the small village of La Côte-aux-Fées, each diamond selected for one of its designs are tested according to stringent in-house guidelines based on colour, size, clarity and carat.
Based in Rome since 1884, Bvlgari has become noted for its diversified portfolio of jewels, watches, accessories, fragrances, skincare, hotels and 5 star resorts. Its jewels, adored by women across the world including legendary Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Taylor are created by the combination of precious and innovative materials and the fusion of classic and contemporary design.
Makimoto, the leading Japanese Pearl jewellery house, founded in 1858 by Mikimoto Kokichi was the catalyst brand that launched the million dollar pearl industry. Today, Mikimoto is the world’s foremost producer of the finest quality cultured pearls and is renowned for its expert workmanship and timeless design.
Working solely with the world’s rarest and highest quality diamonds, Graff founded in London in 1960 by Laurence Graff, has gone on to become the brand of choice for the mega wealthy. The majority of its diamonds are laser engraved with a unique Gemological Institute of America Tracking number, that whilst invisible to the eye, allows its origins to be traced.
9. BuccellatiBuccellati, the prestigious Italian brand founded in 1919 by Mario Buccellati has become renowned, particularly in Europe for its textural gold jewellery and exquisite silver creations. The family run brand is acclaimed for its utilization of texture engraving. Today, father and daughter design duo Andrea and Lucrezia Buccellati concentrate on beauty, art, class and the traditions of the past.
Chopard, the Geneva based luxury brand, has gradually gone on to become a strong contender in the prestigious fine jewellery sector. Founded in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard at the age of 24, the luxury label produces divine collections that are crafted with the most exclusive compositions of diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds of exceptional quality. Chopard is also a proud member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) established to reinforce consumer confidence in the jewellery industry.