‘Diamonds are forever’, ‘Celebrate your Platinum day of love’, and so on… jewellery is not just about accessorizing. It has the power to be the one little thing that can make you feel unique. Jewellery is also about celebrating life in all its glory. It is rich with symbolization, like the engagement ring for women or the wedding ring for men. It separates you from the rest of the group and makes you unique. One small set of earrings can make a girl feel like a grown woman in all her grace.
A girl who is lost in the big wide world and is all lonely often finds solace in the set of tortoise shell earrings she inherited from her mother. Given below are the world’s top ten most famous and as a result, most expensive jewellery brands of this year.
List of the world’s top 10 most expensive jewellery brands in 2017.
10. Chopard (annual profits 550 million Euros)
The Swiss company which was established in Geneva in 1860 by Louis Ulysses Chopard was sells not only jewellery, but also wristwatches. The Chopard watches have a signature style. They have a free floating diamond behind its sapphire glass. Most of its products also have an 18k gold finishing. Chopard has also been sponsoring the Trophee Chopard in Cannes Film Festival since 1998. The company also has a special diamond collection called the Happy Diamonds.
9. Mikimoto (annual profit 300 million Euros)
The Japanese brand was established in 1893 by Mikimoto Kokichi and the company manufactured jewellery made of flawless pearls. The founder was posthumously awarded the Grand Cordon of the Sacred Treasure on the company’s 100th anniversary. The company deals with rare pearls like the South Sea pearls, the pink conch pearls and Titian pearls.
8. BVLGARI (net worth 1.490 billion Euros)
The Italian company was established in 1884 in Rome by Sotirios Voulgaris. Other than jewellery they produce watches, accessories, fragrances and cosmetics. The brand was internationalized by the founder’s son Gianni Bulgari in New York, Geneva and Monte Carlo. The Bulgari jewellery has a very signature design consisting of bold architectural pattern and heavy gold links with steel interlocks. They are also famous for their sapphires which they sell in unique format. Bulgari has a very exclusive distribution with only 300 shops around the world. The largest Bulgari showroom is in Tokyo.
Piaget SA is a Swiss watch manufacturer which was found in 1874 by Georges Edouard Piaget. The company has dealerships over 80 countries worldwide. Piaget is ranked as the 6th most significant jewellery brand in the world.
6. Graff (net worth $ 2.1 billion)
The diamond company found in 1960 is a relatively new among the other heavy weight brands in this list. The company owns various notable diamonds like the Windsor Yellows, the Paragon, the Lesotho Promise, the Letseng Legacy, the Wittelsbach Graff and the Delaire Sunrise. The company has over 35 stores al around the world including New York, Monte Carlo, Beijing and Taipei.
5. Tiffany and Co. (net worth $ 3.79 billion)
Whenever we hear of an engagement ring at least 90% of us imagine a diamond ring cushioned in the folds of a Tiffany box. The public company with its headquarters in New York is most famous for its diamond jewellery. Besides that, the company also manufactures sterling silver, Crystal and china sets, stationery and fragrances. During 1862, the company also sold medals, swords and surgical implants o the Union Army. It was found in 1853 by Charles Lewis Tiffany in Connecticut.
Buccellati is the child of two different brands, Mario Buccellati and Gianmaria Buccellati, the father and son master goldsmiths. The Parisian company was established in 1919 by Mario Buccellati, and soon spread out to Milan, Rome and Florence is known for its unrivalled gold jewellery collection. Within four decades it even acquired its own place in 5th avenue of New York and Florida. In 1958 the jeweller was requested to make the epic icon for Princess Margaret’s arrival into the Vatican. It is now displayed in Chianchio Art Museum in Tuscany. Buccellati’s most recent masterpiece was the world’s most expensive iPhone case in 2014.
3. Van Clef Rappels (annual profit up to 450 million Euros)
Found in 1896 the company has its headquarters in Paris. Besides jewellery, the company also sells watches and perfumes. Some of their notable customers were Elizabeth Taylor, Empress Farah, the Duchess of Windsor Grace Kelly and Jordan Parterre. The company opened branches worldwide within two generations in places like Deauville, Le Touquet, Nice, Vichy and Monte Carlo.
2. Cartier (net worth $ 6.1 billion)
The internationally acclaimed jewellery manufacturing company was found 1847 in France by Louis Francois Cartier. It is known to have put multiple priceless jewelleries in auction. It is also known for its watches. Some of their famous pieces are ‘Bestiary’, the diamond necklace made for Bhupinder Singh who is the Maharaja of Patiala, the Bismarck sapphire necklace which is now displayed in National Museum of Natural History, the Mackay emerald and diamond necklace and the Santos-the first ever men’s wrist watch for everyday use. Cartier was granted a royal warrant when it manufactured 27 tiaras for King Edward VII’s coronation to the throne in 1904. It also received royal warrants from the Royal courts in Spain, Portugal, Siam, Serbia, Greece, Egypt and many others.
1. Harry Winston (annual profit up to 282 million Euros)
Harry Winston, the name synonymous with the Hope Diamond, the Jennifer Jones diamond jewellery, the Winston Blue, the Napoleon Diamond necklace, the Portuguese Diamond, the Arabella Huntington collection and countless other pieces around the world. The company was found by its eponym Harry Winston in 1932. It is an all American luxury jewellery and Swiss timepiece store. It is a subsidiary which is wholly owned under The Swatch Group and has its headquarters in New York. The company is the ruler of all other diamond jewellery manufacturers.
Even expensive jewellery brands who mock the institution of jewellery have had to compromise their views some time or another for even the Royal Crown of the king is actually jewellery. Jewellery that symbolizes superiority over all the others.