Growing up, we’ve all heard the term “Diamonds are girl’s best friend!” but as we got older, the type of diamond, its cut and clarity, how rare it is, has become what’s most important. Us girls love to play dress up, and with time if there’s one thing that we’ve noticed, is that the right piece of jewelry can make or break an entire outfit. So let’s talk, high-end accessories and by that we mean “Haute Joaillerie” and as you guessed it, it’s the Haute Couture of Jewelry, the type you’d most likely need insurance for, upon purchase. Besides their astonishing beauty, these pieces could also be considered as investments, and in time become family heirlooms.
What sets fine jewelry apart are without a doubt their characteristics, they mostly consist of 18 Karat gold or higher, precious or semi-precious stones, purity of precious metals and when it comes to the diamonds, cuts, and colors are what’s most significant and of most value. So next time you’re in need of personal ornaments look for the handcrafted pieces, one-of-a-kind style, and exquisite designs. Now without further ado, here are the 5 Fine Jewelry Designers you should know.
Founded in 1920, this American jeweler is a classic! He’s known for producing timeless yet contemporary jewelry, Swiss timepieces and for his acquisition of the Blue diamond. The High Jewelry collection is divided into three categories on their website; however our personal favorite item is the oval sapphire and diamond ring from the “Incredibles” collection. Harry Winston is located at the Dubai Mall in the UAE and in The Al Fardan Jewelry stores in Saudi Arabia.McTeigue and McClelland
With a variety of collections and different items such as pendants, wedding bands and brooches, this duo has a lot to offer but in limited availability. Known for their superior craftsmanship and exceptional gemstones, this is the place you go when you’re looking for a vintage yet modern design. We’re in love with the pear-shaped diamond pendant, but most importantly we love that some of the pieces are available online at barneys.com.
The MinimalistsMonica Vinader
A celebrity favorite, Monica Vinader is a high jewelry brand that has been spotted several times on none other but the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. We can’t get enough of all her things rose gold, especially the wave cross diamond ring. Vinader’s pieces are effortlessly elegant and discreet and can be found online on Net-a-Porter latest high jewelry collection.The Rare and Detail Oriented
If you care about the environment but are in a quest for unique pieces, the CFDA award-winning Haitian-American designer Monique Péan is from now on your go-to brand. Ranging from different types of ornaments such as engagement rings, necklaces, and bracelets, Monique offers pieces that you won’t find anywhere else even if you tried. Notably, because she uses unexpected materials such as fossilized dinosaur bones, walrus ivory, and agate all sourced from different countries. Her bold and geometrical shapes are what sets her jewelry apart, and you can find them either on barneys.com, auverture.com, and moniquepean.com
The Playful and Light Spirited
The Italian designer and Fendi heiress, as a good eye for art deco designs but turned funky! Her pieces are definitely for the ones that want to be daring and are not afraid to experiment when it comes to their accessories. Inspired by nature and the human body, its no surprise that some of her 18 karat gold earrings involve eyes and lips, but as of recently our favorite piece is the multi-stone beehive bangle. The brand is available to shop online on both Farfetch and Net-A-Porter.
By Anne-Isabelle Saint-Pierre