Entry-level jewellery labels to kick start your haute joaillerie collection
All that glitters
Denying jewellery is like saying you don't need oxygen to survive. After all, that familiar adage 'diamonds are a girl's best friend' has been tested and proven true ad infinitum, and there's no sparkle in this world more alluring than the jewellery winking at you from their lofty window displays. Veteran haute joaillerie devotees will also have you know that a rack full of exquisite adornments go beyond visual value — it bestows a certain feminine empowerment when you slip on a pair of baroque earrings or your favourite pearl necklace.
You only have to look at some of the most prominent and glamorous women of our century to appreciate the intrinsic significance of fine jewellery — from Hollywood sirens like Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn to former First Lady Jackie O. and Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. And there's no time like the present to get a head start on your own vault of delicate treasures than with these entry-level names to ease you into the world of haute joaillerie:
CHANEL COCO CRUSH
A collection that needs no introduction, the renowned matelassé pattern beloved by Mademoiselle Chanel makes any piece from the Coco Crush series instantly recognisable without even having to squint. Associated with a voluptuous aesthetic that bears an element of costume jewellery, loyal fans of the label have snapped it up as soon as it touched down in Chanel's fine jewellery boutique. Our pick from the lineup of bold bracelet cuffs and iconic bands? Any number of rings in the maison's unique beige gold metal.
BULGARI SERPENTI COLLECTION
Want a hint of mystery and mythology in your jewellery? Then look to Bulgari's Serpenti collection for a piece of striking bedazzle. Paying homage to their Roman heritage, the Italian maison weaves a serpentine beauty with their creature creations that represent vitality, wisdom and seduction. With a vast range that spans diamond-paved brilliance to sleek understated pieces, a select assortment of the Serpenti is tagged with a more forgivable price point for those looking to make their first haute joaillerie purchase from the luxury house.
OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN
If the name Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen draws a blank for you, then you're in need of a brushing up in your fine jewellery glossary (or spending more time reading Buro 24/7). An import from Denmark whose refined designs have actually been appointed by the royal Danish court, their creations are a cross between classic elegance and charming whimsy, with a host of enchanting ensembles inspired by Mother Nature. Available locally via LaPrendo in-store or online, you can get your fix of this European fine jewellery with a simple click.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS PERLÉE PERLES D'OR COLLECTION
Those who love to play up their jewellery by mixing and stacking will delight in Van Cleef & Arpels' Perlée series and its sub-collection, the Perles d'Or range. Notably one of the label's most prominent fabrications, the Perlée is etched with a timeless sophistication within its lines, edged by a beaded border that lends the collection a multi-textured façade. Illuminating diversity and individuality, a multitude of slim rings, bracelets and necklaces lets one layer a unique look in variations of white, yellow and rose gold.
TIFFANY & CO. TIFFANY T
You certainly can't have a jewellery collection considered complete without including Tiffany & Co. The label everyone knows and covets, you can now own a piece of their esteemed designs with the new Tiffany T — a contemporary collection crafted by design director Francesca Amfitheatrof to be a younger and cooler millennial persona that counterbalances the classic Tiffany creations. Featuring streamlined silhouettes embellished with the signature 'T' (all the rage among celebrities, incidentally), you'd definitely want to get yourself a piece or three of the square bracelets and the diamond-studded wire rings.