People sell their high-end jewelry for a variety of reasons. It may be that it is something that they no longer wear, something that they inherited or that they simply need the cash. The bottom line is that sel...
Top 10 Designer Jewelry Brands 2017August 10, 2017 - Jewelry Articles
- What are the top designer jewelry brands in 2017?
- How can I authenticate my designer jewelry?
- What makes designer jewelry valuable?
- How can I sell designer jewelry online?
WHAT ARE THE TOP 10 DESIGNER JEWELRY BRANDS IN 2017?
First called Tiffany & Young, Tiffany & Co. began as a stationery and fancy goods store in New York. Today, however, it is a household name that has been in business since 1837. Awarded for its silver craftsmanship, Tiffany and Co. remains America’s leading silversmith. The brand showcases their more extravagant and rarest of jewelry in their annual Blue Book collection that started in 1845.
Famous Wearers: Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Reese Witherspoon
Price Range: $15,500-$15 million
Most expensive Tiffany & Co. piece sold at auction: A platinum round 3.09-carat diamond solitaire ring with VS1 clarity, sold at $60,000 in 2016
Harry Winston was founded in New York City in 1932 with Harry Winston, himself, as the founder. He was soon crowned the “King of Diamonds” and “Jeweler to the Stars” for his high-end creations. One of the most notable pieces he acquired was the 45.42-carat Hope Diamond, a heart-shaped grayish-blue diamond crown centerpiece, which was passed along to King George IV of the United Kingdom. Today, it is found in Washington DC as part of the Smithsonian Institution displays.
Famous Wearers: Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Julie Andrews, Natalie Portman
Price Range: $4,000-$20 million
Most expensive Harry Winston sold at auction: The Gulf Pearl Parure, a 325-carat natural pearl and diamond parure, sold at $4,189,165 in 2006
Founded in 1847 by Louis François Cartier, Cartier is been best known for their fine jewelry collection. The brand earned its reputation as “The Jeweler of Kings, the King among Jewelers,” pioneering the combination of platinum and diamond.
Famous Wearers: Andy Warhol, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Zac Efron, Kate Middleton
Price Range: $1,000-$2.76 million
Most expensive Cartier sold at auction: A 25.6-carat Burmese Ruby, called the Sunrise Ruby. It was dubbed as the most expensive ruby, gemstone, and non-diamond gemstone in the world, and sold at $30,335,698 in 2015
Chopard is a Swiss brand started by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in the 1980s, originally known for creating watches and pocket watches for women. When Chopard was sold to Karl Scheufele in 1963, the brand was noted for its Art-Deco inspired timepieces and Happy Diamonds jewelry line.
Famous Wearers: Javier Bardem, Colin Firth
Price Range: $2,000-$16.26 million
Most expensive Chopard sold at auction: A suite of Emerald and Diamond jewelry, sold at $1,171,932.51
Van Cleef & Arpels
After their marriage in 1895, Alfred van Cleef and Estelle Arpels started a luxurious jewelry line in 1906 that still exists today. The brand has patented an innovative creation called Mystery Set—an intricate piece with a clip that takes about 300 hours for a skilled jeweler to create.
Famous Wearers: Queen Marie Jose of Italy, Margot Robbie, Cameron Diaz, Mariah Carey
Price Range: $1,500-$490,000
Most expensive Van Cleef & Arpels sold at auction: 8.24-carat Ruby and Diamond ring, sold at $4,226,500 in 2011
Graff origins began in England in 1960, when Laurence Graff founded the company. The brand is famous for its large diamond jewelry designs and also widely known for buying and resetting prominent diamonds.
Famous Wearers: Melania Trump, LMFAO, the late Princess Diana, Princess Charlene of Monoco
Price Range: $1,350-$46.2 million
Most expensive Graff sold at auction: The Graff Pink, a rare 24.78-carat pink diamond, sold at $46 million in 2017
This jewelry line was founded by David and Sybil Yurman in 1980. It has been known to sculpt designs reminiscent of the American Craft Movement. One of the popular designs is their signature cable bracelet in sterling silver and gold, embellished with colored gems.
Famous Wearers: Kate Hudson, Shakira, Brad Pitt, Jessica Simspson
Price Range: $300-$50,000
Most expensive David Yurman sold at auction: 18K Gold, Diamond, and Citrine interchangeable necklace, sold at $7,380
Buccellati is a jewelry and watch company that designs Italian jewelry in gold, silver, and platinum. The brand has grown globally and is known for its pieces that reflect Old Hollywood design and jewelry that that takes inspiration from animals and insects.
Famous Wearers: Dwayne Wade, Sheika Mozah, Celine Dion, Ian Somerhalder
Price Range: $2,000-$50,000
Most expensive Buccellati sold at auction: Gold Buccellati bracelet, sold at $72,100
Bvlgari, also spelled Bulgari, is famed for its colored gemstones and diamonds. Since its creation in 1884, it has been a crowd favorite among clients seeking brightly-colored, large jewelry pieces with chromatic effect. It’s also because of this brand that the cabochon cut, a popular gemstone cut in antique times, was reestablished.
Famous Wearers: Elizabeth Taylor, Gina Lollobrigida, Monica Vitti, Keira Knightley
Price Range: $1,000-$12 million
Most expensive Bvlgari sold at auction: 57.72-carat Bvlgari Sapphire Suitor, sold at $5,906,500 in 2011
Boucheron is a jewelry and watch house that was founded by Frédéric Boucheron in 1858 in Paris, France. His designs were influenced by Egyptian and Asian art, thus, creating unfamiliar stone combinations such as onyx and diamonds. He was also first to merge bronze, ivory, and gold.
Famous Wearers: Queen Elizabeth, Duchess of Cornwall Charlotte Le Bon, Salma Hayek-Pinault
Price Range: $1,000-$285,000
Most expensive Boucheron sold at auction: Diamond, Emerald, and Enamel Brooch, sold at $55,974.57
HOW TO DISTINGUISH IF YOUR JEWELRY IS REAL:
- Look out for brands or logos – Premier brands usually have their brand or name stamped on the jewelry.
- Find hallmarks – Common hallmarks for gold are 18K, 14K, 10, 750, 585, 375; for platinum, 950, PLATINUM, PLAT; and for silver, 925, Silver, 800, and Sterling.
- Diamond Certificates – Authentic jewelry come with certificates from grading laboratories such as their own brand certificates or GIA, EGL, IGI, etc.
- Have your jewelry appraised – If you are having second thoughts about your jewelry’s authenticity, have them appraised. Many jewelers will offer an appraisal service for a fee.
WHAT MAKES DESIGNER JEWELRY VALUABLE?
A number of essential factors affect the value of designer jewelry:
Brand –Luxury, high-end brands such as the ones listed, have held their popularity throughout the years. Their brand names are synonymous with luxury and high-end craftsmanship. Extensive marketing has established these
The Market – The value of luxury jewelry is dependent on market demand. Should you have a classic, timeless design that you are looking to sell, this will likely sell more quickly and for more than a less known design. The reason being is that classic designs are always in demand.
Condition – Signs of wear can affect the beauty of a jewelry, which will lower the value of the piece, as it will need to be refurbished.
Rarity – Rare pieces or designs increase the value.
HOW TO SELL YOUR DESIGNER JEWELRY ONLINE
If you are looking to sell your designer jewelry, WP Diamonds has your back. We offer a quick, safe and hassle-free online process as well as appointments at our New York office located on Fifth Avenue. Our in-house designer jewelry experts will be able to assist you and ensure you that you get the maximum value for your jewelry.