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Top 10 Designer Jewelry Brands 2019August 10, 2017 - Jewelry Articles
In this article we will answer the following questions:
- What are the top designer jewelry brands in 2018?
- 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 2018?
Starting our list of the top 10 designer jewelry brands is of course: Tiffany & Co. 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 pieces in their annual Blue Book collection that started in 1845. Some of their most popular and famous pieces include the Return To Tiffany, Tiffany Key and Tiffany Soleste and of course, their signature 6 prong engagement rings. Tiffany & Co. is famed for their little blue box, synonymous with quality, luxury and style.
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
Graff origins began in England in 1960, when Laurence Graff founded the company. The brand is famous for its large diamond designs and also widely known for buying and resetting prominent diamonds. Some of the most famous Graff diamonds have included the Graff Pink, a pink emerald cut diamond of over 20 ct, and the Delaire Sunrise, the largest emerald cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond in the world.
Famous Wearers: Melania Trump, LMFAO, the late Princess Diana, Princess Charlene of Monaco
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 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. The brand uses bright colors and playful, structured designs. Great for everyday wear and especially for stacking bracelets, David Yurman is a popular choice for men and women of all ages.
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 company that designs Italian jewels in gold, silver, and platinum. The brand has grown globally and is known for its pieces that reflect Old Hollywood design that that takes inspiration from animals and insects. Founded in 1919 in Milan, Italy, by the 1950s Buccellati had expanded to the US with stores in New York and Florida. Their first watch collection is launched in 2001 in Geneva.
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 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
Finishing off our list of the top 10 designer jewelry brands is Boucheron. 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 piece.
- 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 pieces come with certificates from grading laboratories such as their own brand certificates or GIA, EGL, IGI, etc.
- Have your items appraised – If you are having second thoughts about your piece’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 pieces:
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 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 the piece, 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
Perhaps our list of the top 10 designer jewelry brands has inspired you to buy some new pieces this year. If you are looking to upgrade or sell your designer earrings, necklaces, bracelets or rings, WP Diamonds has you covered. 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 experts will be able to assist you and ensure you that you get the maximum value for your pieces. Our entire process can take as little as 24 hours, with the option to sell online or in person. Get your free quote today by clicking the link below.