Jewelry, we all wear it. Some make their own costume jewelry, others prefer luxury jewelry, also known as fine jewelry. Some see luxury jewelry as money thrown out the window, while others see it as a safer investment.
No matter what category you fall into, nothing and no one prevents you from dreaming a little and learning about the 5 best luxury jewelry brands of the moment. Who knows, it might come in handy one day.
The Cartier company, a luxury brand founded in 1847 in Paris by Louis-François Cartier, creates high-end jewelry, bags, perfumes, glasses, wallets, watches and other accessories.
The company gained prestige for the first time in 1856, thanks to the purchases that Napoleon I’s niece made from Cartier. Later, in 1888, Cartier delighted the ladies of high society by wearing out its wristwatches. The company then established itself in Paris in 1899, quickly acquired an international dimension, then spread to London and New York a few years later.
The brand is today one of the most prestigious and sells its products worldwide, reaching a turnover of over € 401,574,600.
2. Van Cleef & Arpels
Founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his uncle Salomon Arpels, the French company Van Cleef & Arpels excels in the fields of jewelry, watchmaking and perfumery.
The first luxury boutique was opened in 1906 at 22 place Vendôme in Paris. Other boutiques opened in the surrounding villages, and it was in 1925 that the luxury brand won the Grand Prix following the creation of the Bracelet aux Roses.
It was following the death of Alfred Van Cleef in 1938 that Claude Arpels moved to New York and opened a new boutique there. The brand remains today one of the most luxurious and prestigious, known around the world.
3. Tiffany & Co
The American jewelry and tableware company Tiffany & Co was founded on September 18, 1847 thanks to Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young. The brand still markets many other luxury products such as clothing, perfumes, leather goods, etc.
Tiffany very quickly specializes in jewelry and especially diamonds after having bought Crown jewels sold by the Third French Republic. The brand quickly gained recognition and Tiffany & Co’s main store moved to New York in 1940.
It was in 2017 that Lady Gaga became the ambassador of the luxury brand. Recently, in November 2019, the French luxury group LVMH – Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton bought Tiffany for $ 16.2 billion.
The Italian company Bulgari was founded in 1884 by Sotírios Voúlgaris, a Greek goldsmith. Very active in the luxury sector, and particularly in the field of jewelry, the brand is now world famous.
Like Tiffany, the luxury brand was acquired by the French group LVMH in 2011. The brand remains one of the most famous and prestigious in the world, and even became the third jeweler in the world in 2015, behind Cartier and Tiffany.
5. Louis Vuitton
The French luxury leather goods house Louis Vuitton Malletier was founded in 1854, created by Louis Vuitton. The brand is the first to join the LVMH – Moët Hessenny Louis Vuitton group, founded in 1987 and today one of the most powerful in the world.
Louis Vuitton has a global presence, and has been named the world’s most valuable luxury brand for six years in a row.