Exquisitely crafted jewellery can be a rare and valuable asset. Over the course of the past two centuries, a small number of iconic jewellery houses have gained renown for exceptional quality and design – and seven of these are among the biggest, most famous jewellery houses today.
Cartier – 1847 Paris
Cartier has been producing fine pieces of jewellery since 1847. It’s one of the most recognised jewellery houses in the world, and has been favoured by generations of kings, queens, emperors and tsars.
The Parisian Maison is famous for its oriental art deco designs, colourful Tutti Frutti jewels and exotic contemporary collections. Today, there are more than 200 Cartier stores in 125 countries.
Bulgari – 1884 Rome
Bulgari is synonymous with Serpenti bracelets, Trombino rings and fabulous floral en-tremblant broaches. Contemporary jewellery collections feature dazzling gemstones, arranged in creative colour combinations, and set in platinum, white gold and chrome coloured precious metals.
Founded in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has grown into an internationally recognised jewellery house with a rapidly growing global network of stores.
Van Cleef & Arpels – 1896 Paris
Jewellery by Van Cleef & Arpels has adorned the style icons of the world. Eva Peron, the Empress of Iran, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor frequently wore pieces by the Paris Maison. Its most enduring jewellery motifs include whimsical fairies, flowers and animals, lavishly encrusted in diamonds, rubies, emeralds and pearls.
Established in 1896, Van Cleef & Arpels has more than 18 stores worldwide. Its eclectic contemporary designs feature unusual materials that vary from mother of pearl and tiger’s eye to brilliantly cut pavé diamonds set in white, yellow and rose gold.
Fabergé – 1842 St. Petersburg
Inextricably linked to the Imperial Faberge Eggs, The House of Faberge has come full circle and is again producing distinctive pieces of jewellery. Modern collections feature the inimitable detail, intricate workmanship and quality materials that first attracted Russian tsars and European royalty to the Maison.
From humble beginnings in St Petersburg in 1842, the House of Faberge survived nationalisation by the Bolsheviks and a brand free-for-all to become a highly respected jewellery house represented in dozens of countries worldwide.
Chaumet – 1780 Paris
Founded in 1780 in Paris, and appointed the official jeweller to Napoleon I, The House of Chaumet initially produced lavishly decorated tiaras, sword hilts and jewellery in the Renaissance style. Over the years, jewellery design evolved from art deco and geometric to starkly contemporary.
Today, the House of Chaumet is represented by stores in Japan, France, Singapore and China. It focuses on creating unique and exceptional pieces that include stackable wedding rings and its trademark ‘Lien’ collection of chain linked jewellery.
Tasaki – 1954 Kobe
Tasaki is a Japanese Maison specialising in spectacular pearl and diamond combination jewellery set in platinum, white gold and their distinctive, trademarked Sakuragold; an 18-karat gold with a deep pink hue.
It sources rare and beautiful pearls from all over the world – Myanmar Gold pearls, delicately coloured Akoyo pearls, irregularly shaped Baroque pearls, and unique semi-circular Mabe pearls.
Established in Kobe in 1954, Tasaki is the only Japanese jewellery house with its own pearl farm, and is fast becoming the leading supplier of exquisitely designed high-end jewellery in the world.
Graff – 1960 London
Graff specialises in cutting and resetting some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful diamonds. The Hope Diamond, Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond and the Windsor Yellows, a pair of flawless pear-shaped yellow diamonds previously owned by Wallis Simpson, have all been re-imagined and re-worked by Graff artisans.
One of its most iconic creations is the Peacock Broach. The piece, valued at $100 million, consists of 120.81 carats of finely cut coloured diamonds. Head quartered in London since 1960, Graff now has 50 stores in Europe, the USA and the Far East.
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