Flawless beauty and sophisticated elegance are key components of luxury. The brand, quality, personality, allure and overall presentation are what are taken into consideration when speaking of luxurious objects. Our list for 2018’s most luxurious take these same criteria into account. In our rundown of fashion houses, we’ve carefully considered every label and selected only the most exclusive ones. For luxury car designers, the company’s sense of style and direction, taking its past and present into account, is most important. Jewellery designers selected for this list all have the glitz and sophistication required to make the grade.
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1. Chopard - A Swiss watchmaker and jewellery maker, Chopard was founded in 1860 by Swiss watchmaker Louis-Ulysse Chopard. The firm was eventually sold to the Schufele family in 1963, after which the brand experienced tremendous growth. Originally known for crafting ladies’ watches and pocket watches, Chopard displays fine craftsmanship, innovative technology and, most of all, aims for perfection with every piece. Chopard has now emerged as a leading global jewellery and watch brand, renowned for its creativity and state-of-the-art technology.
2) Cartier - One of the world’s leading watch and jewellery brands, Cartier was founded in 1847 in Paris by Louis-François Cartier. Cartier prides itself for being the symbol of fine craftsmanship and elegance, producing products full of quality and excellence. They are renowned worldwide for their elegant jewellery creations as well as their watches, prestigious accessories and, of course, their perfumes. Cartier has a long history of catering to royalty, with the likes of Kate Middleton donning its masterpieces, so much so that King Edward VII referred to the brand as “the Jewellers of Kings and the King of Jewellers.” Cartier remains one of the most respected and esteemed companies in the luxury goods trade.
3) House of Fabergé - Jewellery firm House of Fabergé was founded in 1842 in St. Petersburg, Imperial Russia, by Gustav Faberge. It served the Russian royal family at the peak of its fame, eventually creating their infamous Fabergé eggs. These elaborate jewel-encrusted eggs were made for the Russian tsars, the most famous being the 50 “Imperial” eggs which were made for Alexander III and Nicholas II. Their high quality work and intricate detailing puts this brand on a platform which few brands get to enjoy. Apart from the super-exclusive eggs, Fabergé also produced smaller, more affordable items. They have gone on to create a legacy which is hard to match.
4) Graff Diamonds - London-based Graff Diamonds is a British jeweller which designs, manufactures, and distributes high-end jewellery and watches. Graff has focused on perfection for over half a century, and has represented the rarest gemstones. Their jewellery is known for balance and simplicity, concentrating on proportions and their sensuous, feminine power. Graff is also known for playing a key role in producing some of the world’s most important diamonds.
5) Harry Winston, Inc. - American luxury jewellery brand Harry Winston is named after its founder, Harry Winston, who was an innate gemologist. He founded it back in 1932 in New York and by 1943, he was the first jeweller to loan an actress diamonds for the Academy Awards. Best Actress nominee Jennifer Jones adorned his gorgeous signature diamonds at the event, gaining him recognition among Hollywood celebrities. The brand is synonymous with some of the most famous and precious diamonds in the world, including the Jonker, Hope, and Winston Legacy diamonds. Even today, Harry Winston continues to set the bar high by producing some of the finest jewellery and high-end watches.
6 Van Cleef & Arpels - World renowned French brand Van Cleef & Arpels was founded in 1869 by Alfred Van Cleef. It specialises in jewellery, watches and perfumes. Each of the brand’s products emanates a fantasy, often featuring flowers, animals and fairies. Stars such as Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Farah Pahlavi, and the Duchess of Windsor have been known to adorn their stunning pieces.
7) Bvlgari - Bvlgari is one of the world’s biggest luxury goods brands, featuring jewellery, watches, fragrances, accessories and even hotels! This Italian brand is known for their bold and architectural designs which blend gold and steel. They are also well known for their coloured stones, specifically sapphires.
8) Piaget SA - Piaget SA is a luxury watch and fine jewellery brand that was founded in 1874 by Georges Piaget. Piaget has since become one of the most prestigious luxury brands in the world. In the course of140 years, the brand has come to be known for pioneering ultra-thin wristwatches, manufacturing movements, and producing some of the finest jewellery.
9) Chaumet - The House of Chaumet, which was launched in 1780, is a high-end jewellery brand based in Paris. It was founded by Marie-Étienne Nitot and has been known as one of the biggest jewellery brands since its inception. Soon after it was founded, House of Chaumet became the official jewellery to the Empress Josephine. Even today, it is connected to royals around the globe. Their incorporation of Parisian style adds elegance to all their pieces.
10) Amrapali - Amrapali is a famous jewellery house that was founded 1978 by Rajiv Arora and Rajesh Ajmera in Jaipur, India. Specialising in tribal, fine and uncut gemstone jewellery, Amrapali has a distinct and unique style. The brand draws inspiration from ancient India and has been known for perfecting its hand-crafted jewellery.