December 5, 2023


Shopping, Clothing & Fashion

The 42 Best Jewelry Brands to Know Now and Shop From Forever

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The biggest part of being a fashion editor is doing market research and staying on top of the hottest brands. Luckily for those in the jewelry world, there are annual trade shows, such as the Couture show in Las Vegas, that showcase the best brands. Shows like Couture help us familiarize ourselves with companies already in our repertoire and expose us to new and upcoming designers.

Here on the Vogue jewelry team, our favorite brands are not limited to the most expensive or exclusive but include designers just starting out and those who make interesting and unique pieces. From Swarovski’s and Bea Bongiasca’s colorful creations to Cartier’s elevated classics, shop our favorites and some of the best jewelry brands, below. As we know all too well, the thrill of finding an amazing new brand is almost as good as finding that perfect piece of jewelry.

Mejuri is more than a jewelry brand with a loyal global following. The company, founded by Noura Sakkhijha, is committed to making high-quality, sustainable pieces that nurture and empower women.

Mejuri floating sapphire necklace

Mejuri Toi et Moi diamond ring

Chicago-born and New York–based multimedia artist and designer Jameel Mohammed is a wunderkind in the jewelry world. He founded Khiry while an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania and has gone on to be featured in magazines such as Vogue, have his designs worn by celebrities like Serena Williams, and was named as a finalist in the 2021 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Khiry staple cuff bracelet

Khiry orb pearl protection ring

Almasika, which debuted at the beloved Paris store Colette, interprets global traditions and universal symbols through the timeless and rich visual language that jewelry allows. Designer Catherine Sarr, who has worked at various luxury and diamond brands, has created pieces that exude an effortless je ne sais quoi.

Almasika harmony petite 18k gold diamond hoop earrings

Almasika universum 18k gold diamond bracelet

If you follow Dua Lipa, chances are you have seen her wearing designs by Italian jewelry designer Bea Bongiasca. Bongiasca, who got her start at Central Saint Martins, creates brightly colored enamel, funky-shaped, and gem-bedazzled pieces that add color and character to any outfit.

Bea Bongiasca B multi beaded necklace with rock crystal

Bea Bongiasca rock crystal and enamel multicolor ring

The Austrian heritage brand, founded in 1895 by Daniel Swarovski, has gotten a colorful update in recent years thanks to the eye of creative director Giovanna Engelbert. Swarovski is loved by both Vogue editors and street style stars alike.

Swarovski dulcis cocktail ring

Swarovski harmonia cushion cut crystal choker

Danish designer Sophie Bille Brahe has cornered the market on delicate pearl and diamond jewelry. Her pieces are luxurious and classic but with a whimsical and unexpected twist.

Sophie Bille Brahe Margherita rose 14k gold and pearl necklace

Sophie Bille Brahe petite ocean perle 14k gold single earring with pearls

Zoë Chicco launched her eponymous jewelry brand in 2000, and it consists of delicious gold and gemstone pieces. Even better, all of Chicco’s diamonds are conflict-free; the gemstones are ethically sourced; and she uses recycled 14-karat gold. In addition, all of the company’s employees are paid ethical wages and given benefits and family leave.

Zoe Chicco 14k itty bitty stars drop earring

Zoe Chicco 14k marquis signet ring

The Brazilian jewelry brand Sauer has been around for more than 80 years, and under creative director Stephanie Wenk it has continued to innovate and push the envelope of jewelry design. Sauer’s current collections include new designs as well as updated versions of the brand’s archival pieces.

Sauer chakra frame earrings

Sauer frame citrine necklace

Fernando Jorge, who obtained a master’s degree in jewelry design from Central Saint Martins, creates sensual, effortless, and laid-back pieces for his namesake brand. Jorge’ jewelry is instantly recognizable for its fluid silhouettes and gemstone elements.

Fernando Jorge ignite 18k rose gold rubellite ring

Fernando Jorge sequence 18k gold diamond earrings

Jenna Grosfeld of Jenna Blake Jewelry marries vintage inspirations with contemporary colors and textures. While Grosfeld designs with a maximalist approach, she believes that jewelry should be collected and treasured much like art.

Jenna Blake 18k gold, coral, diamond & ruby ring

Jenna Blake 18k yellow gold, turquoise & diamond drop earrings

Greek designer Ileana Makri has been making her fine jewelry for more than 25 years and designs with a consistent brand identity. Her Globetrotter collection, consisting of beaded pieces with elements from her world travels, sits alongside her elegant jewels worthy of a cocktail party.

Ileana Makri crown 18k gold topaz necklace

Ileana Makri rivulet 18k emerald ring

Although she was born into a family of Belgian diamond dealers, Nadine Aysoy started her career in investment banking and did not launch her eponymous jewelry brand until 2017. Since then, however, she has become known for her transformable, playful, and elevated fine and high jewelry.

Nadine Aysoy catena diamond & 18k gold ear cuff

Nadine Aysoy catena petite heart 18k ring with topaz

Sylva & Cie, founded and designed by Sylva Yepremian, draws inspiration from a variety of core yet evolving ideas. The designer uses a specific combination of metals and stones to create her unique, vintage-inspired jewelry.

Sylva & Cie baby ten table 18k gold, sterling silver and diamond ring

Sylva & Cie Maya collection opal earrings

Franco-Lebanese jeweler Selim Mouzannar’s ethos is to create with optimism and nonviolence. His jewelry is a direct reflection of this, as his ethically responsible pieces immediately convey beauty and happiness.

Selim Mouzannar 18k rose gold tanzanite ring

Selim Mouzannar navy blue enamel and diamond pavé rose gold necklace

Robinson Pelham jewelry can seamlessly transform from day to night, from simple to statement. It offers an endless permutation of earring combinations, as well as brightly colored and playful pieces.

Robinson Pelham orb 14k yellow gold, diamond & pink sapphire midi huggie hoop earrings

Robinson Pelham mini elixir of joy 14k gold, diamond & multi-gemstone pendant necklace

Manhattan-born-and-raised jewelry designer Tara Maria Famiglietti has been a star in the jewelry world since she began designing at age 20. Her line, Ondyn, is inspired by water, and all the pieces feature a highly technical and beautiful diamond articulation.

Ondyn small sparkler 14k gold diamond earrings

Ondyn zen small 14k gold pendant necklace with diamonds

Nigora Tokhtabayeva was born in Uzbekistan and spent her formative years in the United States, where she developed her jewelry lexicon and belief that jewelry is a conduit between the inner and outer worlds. All of her sleek, sculptural pieces are crafted from fair-mined gold and include conflict-free, Kimberley-certified diamonds.

Tabayer oera mini 18k yellow gold pendant necklace

Tabayer oera 18k white gold & diamond ring

Design duo and childhood friends Thomas Montier Leboucher and Iris de la Villardière created Viltier with a mission to free jewelry from its traditional and often sterile reputation. Handmade in their Paris atelier, Viltier jewelry is radiant, colorful, and made to celebrate the natural beauty of its wearers.

Viltier magnetic recto-verso 18k gold multi-stone bracelet

Viltier magnetic semi 18k gold, diamond and bull’s eye ring

Third-generation jewelers and sisters Anna and Rachel grew up surrounded by their family’s heirlooms, which became their greatest source of inspiration. The Gemella collection includes statement bracelets inspired by pieces in their mother’s jewelry box as well as their irresistible gem-y sweetheart necklaces.

Gemella Jewels sweetheart necklace

Gemella sweetheart 18k gold diamond bracelet

George Inaki Root founded Milamore in 2019 as an ode to the bond he had with his grandmother Milagros. Inspired by Japanese culture, Milamore is about breaking the old and ushering in the new, as is evident with his iconic Kintsugi collection.

Milamore Kintsugi Victoria 18k gold ring

Milamore Kintsugi 18k gold diamond ear cuff

Art Deco architecture, antiquity, and the fluid natural world meld seamlessly in Baylee Zwart’s brand, Azlee. Its modern works of art are made and designed sustainably, and a portion of each sale is donated to ocean-related causes.

Azlee 18k gold diamond necklace

Azlee yellow gold diamond enamel charm

New York–based fine jewelry designer Melissa Kaye creates stunning pieces that work as both stand-alone statements and layerable stories. Her neon and pastel enamel jewelry is a perfect complement to her elegant diamond pieces.

Melissa Kaye Cristina 18k yellow gold, diamond, & white enamel medium hoop earrings

Melissa Kaye Lola 18k rose gold, diamond & neon pink enamel ring

Emily P. Wheeler’s vibrant and unexpected jewelry line is centered around three key tenets: luxury of materiality, craft, and clear conscience. These values are immediately obvious in the gemstones she chooses, the way she constructs pieces, and the brand’s commitment to a transparent design process.

Emily P. Wheeler Emma 18k recycled gold, turquoise and emerald hoop earrings

Emily P. Wheeler Bernadette mini patchwork 19k recycled gold multi-stone necklace

Colette jewelry, designed by Colette Steckel, is for the modern, fashionable, timeless woman. Ranging from mega-charm necklaces to twinkle star studs, there is a piece of jewelry for everyone in the line.

Colette Jewelry turquoise starburst diamond signet ring

Colette Jewelry be in love charm

While on a walk as a child, Renna Taher and her mother found two coffee bean shells that they kept and began to mold jewelry from. Today, Renna is a continuation of this initial discovery, and the natural thread has gone on to include delicate golden branches, amethyst starfish, and agate lobster claws.

Renna bubble double-sided gemstone hoop earrings

Renna thread & shell necklace

Sorellina, the New York–based design house founded by sisters Nicole and Kim Carosella, is a line of bold, statement, and vibrant jewelry. Their distinct brand ranges from tarot pieces, which are miniature works of art, to Art Deco–inspired earrings.

Sorellina lovers 18k yellow gold & multi-stone mixed-shaped drop earrings

Sorellina lock & key 18k yellow gold, blue sapphire & diamond key pendant necklace

Ananya Malhotra got her start at Central Saint Martins and now designs her namesake line, Ananya, between London, Miami, and India. From her chakra pieces with protective stones to her stunning scatter numbers, the jewelry is powerful and expressive.

Ananya 18k white gold, aquamarine and diamond bracelet

Ananya scatter 18k white gold diamond hoop earrings

Jean Prounis founded Prounis Jewelry in homage to her family ancestry and passion for beautiful objects. Her hand-wrought pieces are made from recycled 22-karat gold and set with gemstones to create the distinctive brand aesthetic.

Prounis diamond bell earrings in 22k gold

Prounis green tourmaline capsa ring

Darius Khonsary’s eponymous fine jewelry line is inspired by her matrilineal Ancient Persian ancestry. The brand reimagines these ancient symbols in luxurious gold and the finest diamonds and gemstones.

Darius Jewels dendera zodiac diamond cancer charm

Darius Jewels pegasus studs

Kirsty Stone’s brand, Retrouvaí, takes its ethos from the French word retrouvailles, which is defined as the joy of reconnecting with something from one’s past. This is immediately clear in her updated, modern heirloom jewelry.

Retrouvaí compass mini 14k gold, turquoise and diamond necklace

Retrouvaí 14k gold diamond ring

Lauren Harwell Godfrey, the founder and designer of Harwell Godfrey, has created a distinctive and unique jewelry line with eye-catching stone inlays and rich gold tones. In 2020, Godfrey launched the Charity Heart series, with 100% of proceeds going to charities such as the NAACP, Futures Without Violence, and Every Mother Counts. Godfrey was included in the 2022 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and was the winner at the 2022 Gem Awards for jewelry design.

Harwell Godfrey chalcedony heart to benefit Futures Without Violence

Harwell Godfrey chubby talisman sapphire, topax & 18k gold ring

Cartier has been at the forefront of the jewelry and watch industry since 1847 thanks to the brand’s iconic designs and philanthropic efforts. From the trinity collection to the tank watch, Cartier’s pieces are timeless, elegant, and refined.

Mateo is the king of pearls, so it’s no surprise that designer Matthew Harris won the Best in Pearls award at the 2022 Couture jewelry show in Las Vegas. Beyond pearls, Mateo jewelry features crystal quartz rings with secret initials and rainbow bedazzled earrings.

Mateo 14k gold, topaz and diamond earrings

Mateo 14k gold lapis lazuli necklace

Brent Neale Winston’s namesake jewelry line is handmade and produced in New York City as an homage to the craftspeople who taught her while she was a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her whimsical pieces, which include her iconic mushroom charms and seashell earrings, have been featured in the pages of Vogue and worn by stars such as Blake Lively and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Brent Neale petal small 18k gold, sapphire and emerald earrings

Brent Neale magic mushroom mini turquoise & 18k gold necklace

AGMES was launched by sisters Morgan and Jaclyn Solomon in 2016 at the encouragement of their late friend Andrew. Crafted as a legacy to him, AGMES strives for commitments to kindness, fair and equal treatment, and sustainable practices. The duo designs sculptural, artistic pieces with pearl and glass elements.

AGMES small Cleo earrings

Rebecca Zeijdel-Paz originally began designing fashion jewelry; however, in 2021 she transitioned to making fine jewelry, as the notion of wearing jewelry drastically changed due to COVID-19. Beck pays homage to memories spent at sea and is inspired by shapes such as masks from early underwater explorations and dazzling sand patterns.

Chances are you’ve seen and fawned over Irene Neuwirth’s colorful, fantastical, and unique designs in the pages of Vogue and on the red carpet. Neuwirth, who founded her eponymous brand in 2003, has skyrocketed into a stratosphere of design that dreams are made of: She was a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist in 2008, won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design in 2014, was nominated for the CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year for four consecutive years, and will be opening her flagship on Madison Avenue later in 2022.

Irene Neuwirth gemmy gem 18k rose gold tourmaline ring

Irene Neuwirth love 18k rose gold opal earrings

Rainbow K Jewelry is a newer company on our horizon; however, it has quickly become one of our favorites. Founders Kelly and Kelia mix their gemology training and love of antique jewelry to create a brand that goes beyond the classics with unique and atypical designs. 

Rainbow K shield 18k gold, ruby and diamond ring

Rainbow K nano Grace single diamond earring

The dynamic mother-daughter team that is Jenny and Lily Monbouquette has created a jewelry brand that is like nothing we have seen before. Not only does Monbouquette have patents for the functional invention of its designs, but the jewelry is inspired by artists such as Robert Smithson and Yayoi Kusama; it donates a portion of its proceeds to Planned Parenthood; and it has a personal mission to be a business that is as ethical and sustainable as possible.

Monbouquette gold Mazie mantra locket

Monbouquette petite Aurora drop earrings

Eriness jewelry is as joyful, sparkly, and bright as its founder, Erin Sachse. Sachse founded the label in 2015, and both it and the designer quickly became recognized within the jewelry industry for pieces that applied a fresh perspective to classic styles. Notably, Eriness’s Resist Collection donates 20% of proceeds to nonprofits such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and Color of Change in support of women’s justice and reproductive rights.

Eriness diamond bezel set drop studs

Eriness pink and diamond ombré butterfly necklace

If the last name Oldham sounds familiar, then you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Presley Oldham is the nephew of iconic American designer Todd Oldham. The younger Oldham, however, has charted his own path within the industry—one with a panoply of pearls. Presley Oldham jewelry is handmade with every color and size of pearl imaginable and features handpicked antique beads.

Presley Oldham compost necklace

Presley Oldham penumbra bracelet

Since 1977, Lagos has been making instantly recognizable jewelry that includes elegant shoulder duster earrings, funky pendants, and its signature caviar design. In the 45 years that Steven Lagos has been designing, Lagos has grown from its humble beginnings in Philadelphia and is now a global brand. And as a bonus: Steven now works alongside his daughter, Kate, who is the Lagos brand stylist.

Lagos extra long superfine diamond drop earrings

Lagos pearl 35mm caviar circle pendant necklace