We all have different tastes in jewelry – some people are gold, some are silver; while others might like to mix and match – but one thing we can probably all agree on is that earrings, rings, and necklaces are the key to completing any outfit. Nevertheless, consumers trust brand names and its legacy, more than anything else. Here, a list of jewels we know are always primed for a celebration, and always welcome at one too.

1. Harry Winston, Inc.

CEO: Nayla Hayek (May 2013–)
Parent Organization: The Swatch Group
Head Office: New York
Founder: Harry Winston
Founded: 1936
The company is a luxury watch and jewelry retailer that operates under the Harry Winston brand. It buys, designs, and sells diamond- and jewel-encrusted bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings, as well as high-end timepieces and vintage, custom, and wedding jewelry. Geared at affluent clientele, these products are sold through 25 boutiques globally in such markets as Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Singapore, and Tokyo. Canadian parent Harry Winston Diamond (now Dominion Diamond) sold Harry Winston to Swiss watchmaker Swatch in 2013 for about $1 billion (including debt) in order to boost cash and focus on its diamond mining and distribution business.

2. Cartier

CEO: Cyrille Vigneron 
Parent Organization: Cie Financiere Richemont SA
Head Office: Paris
Founder: Louis francois Cartier 
Founded: 1847
Cartier is considered one of the most prestigious jewelry manufacturers in the world. In 2018, it was ranked by Forbes as the 59th most valuable brand in the world. Cartier has a long history of royalty sales. King Edward VII of Great Britain called Cartier “the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers”. For his coronation in 1902, Edward VII ordered 27 tiaras and issued a royal warrant to Cartier in 1904.  Today, the Maison is renowned worldwide for its jewelry creations and watches, perfumes and exceptional accessories – symbols of fine craftsmanship and elegance, quality and excellence.”

3. Van Cleef & Arpels

CEO: Nicolas Bos
Parent Organization: Cie Financiere Richemont SA
Head Office: Paris
Founded: 1896

Van Cleef & Arpels is a French luxury jewelry, watches and perfume company. It was founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his stepfather Salomon Arpels in Paris. Their pieces often feature flowers, animals and fairies. Van Cleef & Arpels has opened boutiques in seaside resorts such as Deauville, Vichy, Le Touquet, Nice and Monte-Carlo. In 1925, a Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet with red and white roses fashioned from rubies and diamonds won the grand prize at the International Exhibition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts. In 2010/2011, the company’s estimated sales were €450 million in total sales and €45 million in watches. 

4. Buccellati

Parent Organization: Cie Financiere Richemont SA
Head Office: Milan
Founder: Maro and Gianmaria Buccellati
Founded: 1919
Buccellati is one of the world’s most renowned high jewelry houses, celebrated for its craftsmanship and one of a kind jewels and watches since 1919. Buccellati Holding Italia is an Italian jewellery and watch company formed by the merger of two previous companies with existing brands Mario Buccellati and Gianmaria Buccellati, which corresponded to the names and surname of two master goldsmiths: father and son. In September 2019, Compagnie Financière Richemont acquired 100% of Buccellati from Gangtai. The same year, the House celebrates its centenary since its founding which took place in 1919 with the opening of the first boutique in Milan, Largo Santa Margherita, next to the famous La Scala theater. The acquisition had no impact on Richemont’s operating results during this fiscal year.

Piaget SA

Piaget is specialized in luxury watchmaking and jewelry. It is one of the few luxury watch brands that designs, develops and manufactures its own movements. In 1874, Georges Edouard Piaget set up his first workshop in the family farm, located in the small village of La Côte-aux-Fées in the Swiss Jura mountains. Located in the Neuchâtel region, the company is dedicated to the manufacture of pocket watches and high-precision watch movements. In 2001, a Piaget Haute Horlogerie manufacture was opened in Plan-les-Ouates, at the gates of Geneva. The movements continue to be produced in La Côte-aux-Fées, the cradle of the family. The new building brought together more than 40 professions in the fields of watchmaking and jewelry. The Manufacture developed mechanical movements and in 2002 released the first Manufacture Piaget tourbillon movement, the Caliber 600P, the thinnest tourbillon in the world with 3.5 mm thickness. In 2004 Piaget celebrated its 130th anniversary.

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