On the whole, jewelry never goes out of style. No matter the decade or the trend, unique designs of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings have served as both statement pieces and daily accessories. Whether pearl, gold, silver, rose gold, diamond, or something else entirely, a good jewelry piece can stand alone, completing your outfit and adding the right amount of elegance and sparkle. As much as we love our day-to-day pieces, though, we're always on the hunt for new ones to add to our collection, ones we will hopefully be able to pass on as family heirlooms. And so, more often than not, to acquire a piece that will outlast trends and generations, you have to invest in designer jewelry brands.
Whether it's a renowned Cartier Love bracelet or a classic Mikimoto pearl necklace, there are so many designers elevating jewelry and creating pieces that are worth every penny. To streamline the best designer jewelry brands in the market for you, we decided to put the 12 best in this article. From brands whose clothing you already love (hi, Hermès and Chanel) to labels that have been perfecting their craft for so many years, make sure you commit them to your memory.
1. Tiffany & Co.
Blame it on the classic Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany's, but there's something undeniably timeless about anything from this age-old jewelry designer.
Another classic jewelry brand is Cartier. Get yourself one of its iconic Love bracelets or something classic, such as a necklace.
3. David Yurman
David Yurman emerged onto the jewelry scene in 1980, but that hasn't stopped it from creating pieces destined to be in your jewelry box forever. If you're buying your first piece, go for something that feature's the brand's signature rope-style twist.
If you aren't familiar with Mikimoto, it's about to become one of your favorite designers yet. The Japanese jewelry brand's founder is known as the first to create cultured pearls, which means you know that this brand will have some of the best out there.
If there's one thing Gucci knows how to do, it's design really great accessories. It may be known more for bags and shoes, but the selection of understated fine jewelry is not to be missed.
If you're looking for something that feels more exotic than your classic gems, Bulgari's pieces feel like those Cleopatra might wear if she were alive today.
7. Harry Winston
Could there be anything more lust-worthy than something from Harry Winston? As the brand responsible for some of the most famous diamonds to date, there's no doubt any piece from the designer is worth the investment.
Foundrae's cigar band rings, necklaces, and earrings feature iconic spiritual and mystical symbols that "allow the wearer to express something of herself to the world."
When it comes to luxury, no one does it quite like Hermès. Sure, you know the brand for its signature Birkin Bag, but it also has some amazing jewelry worthy of a spot in your collection, too.
Perhaps you've become familiar with Chopard because of its luxury watches, which feature the brand's signature Happy Diamonds. Well, its jewelry is equally as cool. Whether you opt for a piece that features the Happy Diamonds or not, these pieces are sure to stand out.
No matter what you get from Chanel—whether it's a classic handbag, a ready-to-wear piece, or something else, you know it'll be the epitome of chic. If you're looking for something to wear every day, embrace the famous fashion house with a shiny bauble.
12. Van Cleef & Arpels
French luxury jewelry and watch designer Van Cleef & Arpels carries a unique, old-school touch to all of its pieces. If you aren't sure where to start, get yourself something that showcases the brand's classic Clover motif or a simple bracelet to wear with all of your ensembles. There's no going wrong here.