Gone were the days when luxury jewellery brands were limited to only elite class people. Now, people are ready to spend money to own the precious of materials to have it in their collection. Nationalized and private banks are ready to provide gold loans along with many other benefits to their customers. Jewellery exhibitions and auction events support people to get a glance at the craftsmanship of luxury jewellery brands before buying expensive ornaments for themselves.
Indian and world's jewellery market have seen an enormous transformation in the mindset of people towards buying precious metals in recent years. It was a time when people used to think that the jewellery is just an investment and the lockers were specially purchased to keep their precious items safely. The investment attitude of the people about ornaments has changed now, and they are looking luxury jewellery as fashionable accessories.
Adding to the fact that luxury jewellery has become a fashion now; international luxury brands are making their way to different local markets to showcase and sell their products. Thanks to the internet. The Internet has given access to people to see and get information about anything they want. At the same time, luxury jewellery brands can showcase and sell their products online across the globe to international customers.
In this article, we are trying to showcase the top 10 Luxury Jewellery brands that are sparkling people presence and grabs their attention instantly!
Chopard is having an exciting history in its books. Louis-Ulysse Chopard, a 24-year-old farmer's son is the founder of historical Chopard watches. Back in 19th century, Chopard started as an artisan watchmaker. With his innovative designs, reliability and precision, Chopard conquered Switzerland and began exporting his products to illustrious places like Russia. Unique chronometers and pocket watches were the specialties of Chopard. The Art-Deco-influenced timepieces and jewels had got added to Chopard's credit when they sold their company to Karl Scheufele in 1963. Thus it became a luxury jewellery maker with Happy Diamonds, Happy Hearts and so on as well.
Famous Wearers: Javier Bardem and Colin Firth
Price Range: From $2,000 to $25 million
Most expensive Chopard jewellery sold at auction: Chopard 201-Carat Watch contains 874 diamonds worth a whopping $25 million
2. Harry Winston
Known as the "King of Diamonds" and "Jeweller of the Stars" throughout his life, Harry Winston founded the House of Harry Winston in New York in 1932. He was an inborn gemologist, an emotional businessman and a committed philanthropist. The brand, Harry Winston creations continuous to be a pioneer in fine jewellery and high-end watchmaking business. The notable acquisition includes the Jonker - a 726-carat uncut rough diamond, Hope diamond – a 45.52-carat rare blue diamond which he gifted to Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Famous Wearers: Madonna, Julie Andrews, Jennifer Lopez and Natalie Portman
Price Range: $4,000 to $5.5 million
Most expensive Harry Winston jewellery sold at auction: Purchased the Rockefeller Emerald for $5.5 million making it the most expensive emerald per carat sold at an auction
Bvlgari story started with a single jewellery shop in Rome, Italy in 1884 and became one of the famous international luxury jewellery brands over the years. Founded by the silversmith Sotirios Voulgaris, known for its jewellery, watches, fragrances, accessories and leather goods. The company is a part of LVMH Group now. The crowds favorite luxury jewellery innovated cabochon cut, an ideal gemstone cut.
Famous Wearers: Elizabeth Taylor, Keira Knightley, Monica Vitti and Gina Lollobrigida
Price Range: $1,000 to $15.7 million
Most expensive Bvlgari sold at auction: The 10.95-carat ring with a triangular cut fancy vivid blue diamond sold for a worth of $15.7 million
Famously known as the "Jeweller to Kings", Cartier is founded in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier in Paris, France. It was a time when pocket watches were famous, and Cartier introduced a wristwatch which was liked by many customers. Cartier's Art Deco designs were very famous including the colorful "Tutti Frutti" jewels.
Famous Wearers: Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Andy Warhol, Kate Middleton, and Zac Efron
Price Range: $1,000 to $6.2 million
Most expensive Cartier sold at auction: The 5.31-carat diamond ring with two pear-shaped emeralds, sitting in 18-carat yellow gold sold for $6.2 million in 2017
5. Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleff & Arpels story is unique. Van Cleff with his father-in-law Salomon Arpels started this luxury jewellery brand in 1896 in Paris. Van Cleff & Arpels is the first jewellery brand to open its boutiques in China and Japan. The company holds a patent for a gem settling technique called "Mystery Setting" or "Serti Mysterieux" in 1933 and this technique requires 300-hours of work for settling a gemstone onto gold rails less than two-tenths of a millimeter thick.
Famous Wearers: Farah Pahlavi, Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and Eva Perón
Price Range: $1,500 to $326,500
Most expensive Van Cleef & Arpels sold at auction: A gemstone with mystery set sold for $326,500 in 2009
Chinese owned Italian luxury jewellery brand, and watches company, father and son duo goldsmiths founded Buccellati. Buccellati in 2014 relaunched its famous ‘high-tech' bridal collections; and how can anyone forget the world's most expensive iPhone case? Animals and insects are the inspirational pieces for Buccellati designs.
Famous Wearers: Dwayne Wade, Sheika Mozah, Celine Dion and Ian Somerhalder
Price Range: $2,000 to $77,000
Most expensive Buccellati sold at auction: The 18-carat white gold diamond earring and necklace set sold for $77,000
7. Tiffany & Co
American luxury jewellery brand headquartered in New York, Tiffany & Co. was started in 1837 as Tiffany & Young but, later renamed it as Tiffany & Co. A well-known luxury jewellery brand Tiffany & Co. specializes in selling the luxury diamond and sterling silver jewellery, and it is famous for its taste and style in making ornaments. Tiffany publishes a blue book annually to showcase all its amazing jewellery and the beauty of rare diamonds since 1845.
Famous Wearers: Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, and Reese Witherspoon
Price Range: $15,500 to $2.5 million
Most expensive Tiffany & Co. piece sold at auction: The 84.19-carat necklace worth $2.5 million which happens to be the 8th most expensive diamond necklace in the world
The UK based Laurence Graff in 1960 founded the British luxury jewellery brand in London. Graff Diamonds takes care of everything from designing, manufacturing and retail distribution of jewellery and watches across the globe.
Famous Wearers: Princess Diana, Princess Charlene of Monaco and Melania Trump
Price Range: $1,350 to $46.2 million
Most expensive Graff sold at auction: The 24.78-carat pink round-cornered rectangular diamond sold for $46.2 million
The journey of Piaget luxury jewellery brand started in a small village in Swiss Jura mountains. Georges-Édouard Piaget did the groundwork for fine jewellery and watchmaking company in 1874. Piaget got its trademark registered in 1943. Piaget started specializing in goldsmithing and gem setting from 1959 and launched ‘Salon Piaget' to mark its presence in jewellery space as well along with refined timepieces.
Famous wearers: Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Palermo
Price range: $1,430 to $13,500
Most expensive Piaget watch sold at auction: Emperador Temple watch sold for whopping $3.3 million
Mikimoto Kokichi was a Japanese entrepreneur who is not only started a luxury jewellery brand but, he created the first "cultured pearl" industry. The company awarded with patents for pearl cultivation and the founder had listed as Japan's top 10 inventors. Adding to the credit for the reputation of the company Miss Universe winners and Miss International winners will get the chance to wear the "Mikimoto Crown" which regards as the most iconic crowns worn by the beauty queen title holders.
Famous Wearers: Sarah Jessica Parker
Price Range: $400 to $10,000
The barriers to having a luxury jewellery brand are falling. People are confident in buying expensive jewellery items for expressing their look elegantly. What makes your eyes sparkle now after thinking about luxury jewellery?