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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.