A round up of our favourite classics that will last you the next 15 years—and beyond.
1. TRAILS OF DELIGHT
Jean Schlumberger’s designs for Tiffany & Co. are instantly recognisable by their intricate details and imaginative whimsy. The organic shape and tentacles of this Schlumberger jellyfish are realised in vividly hued gems that replicate the tonalities of nature.
Platinum, gold, moonstone, sapphire and diamond Jean Schlumberger Meduse clip, Tiffany & Co.
2. TIMELY LUMINOSITY
Beauty with function are qualities that Omega delivers in spades. The De Ville Ladymatic Diamonds and Pearls watch features a jewellery bracelet with Akoya pearls and polished gold beads gleaming alongside glittering diamonds. The added bonus? Its hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova so you’ll know by its glowing hands when it’s time to make a fashionable exit.
Sedna gold, pearl and diamond De Ville Ladymatic Diamonds and Pearls, Omega
3. BANDS OF GOLD
A personal favourite of French poet Jean Cocteau, the Trinity de Cartier ring was created in 1925 with three intertwining bands of gold that slipped on the finger with as much ease as a silk slip on the body. Standing for love, fidelity and friendship, this diamond studded number whispers elegance, beauty and grace.
Pink, yellow and white gold and diamond Trinity de Cartier ring, Cartier
4. LOCKED FOR LOVE
It’s hard to imagine an era when looking at the time in public was considered inappropriate for women. It was the height of bad manners in the early 20th century—explaining why Van Cleef and Arpel’s Cadenas watch, with its padlock-inspired shape, is so cleverly hidden from the view of onlookers. This new edition, with snow-set diamonds and sapphires graduating from pink to white, is as much a head-turning timepiece as it is an endearing artefact of history’s social quirks.
Pink gold, sapphire and diamond Cadenas Pavée Saphirs Roses Bracelet Or watch, Van Cleef & Arpels
5. ROSY OUTLOOK
Social media darlings can’t get enough of Rolex’s masculine numbers. Striking a chord with the fashion crowd, Submariners and GMT-Masters often appear on street style blogs and Instagram feeds, stacked with arm candy and other bangles du jour. For a slightly different take, turn to this gleaming Everose gold number that promises all the street cred with added elegance.
Everose gold Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona watch, Rolex
6. GLITTERING TOUCH
One of the American jeweller’s more emblematic designs, Harry Winston’s dazzling Winston Cluster earrings feature pear-shaped and marquise diamonds that have been set at different angles to catch the best possible light for maximum brilliance—ensuring that these earrings are all you need to make an entrance.
Platinum and diamond Winston Cluster earrings, Harry Winston
7. WOMAN’S PREROGATIVE
When Patek Philippe launched its Ladies First Chronograph in 2009, it caused quite a stir with its graceful, rose gold cushion-shaped case plus a brand new manual-wind chronograph movement (a first for Patek Philippe) that took the watchmaker five years to develop. And in an unprecedented move, they released it in a ladies watch, leaving many men disgruntled (much to our glee). This elegant blue version is a fitting addition to that aristocratic collection
White gold and diamond Ladies First Chronograph Ref. 7071G-011, Patek Philippe
8. COILS OF SEDUCTION
Bulgari has been in the business of making jewellery for over a century; thus establishing several design icons along the years; not least of all the Serpenti. Capturing imaginations since its first appearance in the 1940s, the collection has evolved into a myriad of forms—including this glittering double coiled temptress that will slither her way into your heart, and around your neck.
White gold, emerald and diamond High Jewellery Serpenti necklace, Bulgari
9. SIMPLY BRILLIANT
Audemars Piguet’s Millenary Tourbillon has everything a woman wants in a watch: Pedigree looks that are heightened by a multi-layered dial and diamond bezel; prestige that comes from having a much sought-after watch complication, the tourbillon; and elegance, thanks to a flattering oval-shaped case that creates the illusion of slimmer wrists. A blue aventurine dial that mimics a starry night sky completes the perfection.
White gold, aventurine, sapphire and diamond Millenary Tourbillon, Audemars Piguet
10. STYLE ETERNAL
A true icon of the jewellery world, Van Cleef & Arpel’s Zip necklace, first introduced in the 1950s, marries technical ingenuity with timeless beauty. Open the zip with the aid of the bejewelled tassels and the transformable creation becomes a necklace. Zip it up and it becomes a bracelet— all thanks to an extraordinary level of micro-engineering expertise even before the age of computers.
White gold, sapphire and diamond Zip Art Deco necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels
11. FLIGHTS OF FANCY
If there’s one jeweller who is able to turn creepy crawlies into glittering creations that women fawn over, it’s Chaumet. The French Maison’s Attrape-moi and Bee My Love collections have placed the industrial bee (a symbol favoured by brand patron Emperor Napoleon I) front and centre of its designs. These new Jardins “Abeilles” High Jewellery earrings continue in that vein just so you can carry an emblem of royalty with you wherever you go.
Yellow and white gold, tsavorite garnet, Mandarin garnet, hessonite garnet, tourmaline and diamond Jardins “Abeille” earrings, Chaumet
12. IMMACULATE COLLECTION
Even before it had hip and happening brand ambassadors Cara Delevingne and David Guetta, TAG Heuer ranked high on the list of anyone looking for an accessible sports-luxe timepiece that’s easy on the eye and wallet. The Monaco Ladies offers a more elegant take to the brand’s ever-popular Formula 1 Ladies and is a great piece that’s sure to capture admiring glances.
Steel and diamond Monaco Ladies, TAG Heuer
13. HAUTE LOOKS
Ask any woman about the first three Chanel hallmarks that pop into her head and chances are, they’ll be: Tweed, pearls and the quilt, thanks to the house’s beloved 2.55 bag. The 48-piece Signature de CHANEL collection pays tribute to the latter. Featuring a total of 1,180 diamonds (for a whopping 28.6 carats), this graphic multi-coil bangle is a guaranteed showstopper that will turn heads
14. COCKTAIL HOUR
Taking cocktail rings to a whole new level, Piaget’s Limelight Cocktail rings offer women exactly what they want: Scrumptiously fun cocktail-inspired rings that they can wear on their fingers while sipping on their favourite cocktails. With a menu that includes Blue Hawaiian, classic Mojitos and Trio Kiss (shown here), these sparkling creations score equally high points on charm and whimsy.
White gold, tsavorite, sapphire, rubies and yellow and white diamond Limelight Cocktail Trio Kiss Inspiration ring, Piaget
15. HARDY ELEGANCE
Since appearing on the horology scene in 1999, Swiss watch brand Richard Mille has gained a reputation for timepieces that push the barrier on the high-tech material front, on watch cases that are technological feats on their own. Instantly recognisable for its distinctive tonneau-shape, having one on your wrist sets you apart as a connoisseur who appreciates the art of watchmaking.
Rose gold and ATZ white ceramic RM 037, Richard Mille