When it comes to gifts, few things hold as much sentimental significance and symbolic meaning as jewellery. Whether it’s the $3,000,000 diamond necklace that Richard Burton bought for Elizabeth Taylor because he said it was too impractical to transport the Taj Mahal or the $1,000,000 pearl Tiara that Queen Elizabeth inherited from her grandmother that was then passed down to Princess Diana and Duchess Kate Middleton after that, luxury jewellery is one of the investments that truly holds its value through the ages.
Of course, around this time of year, luxury jewellery becomes especially relevant. So, in honour of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of the most iconic pieces of jewellery on the market today. Each of these pieces boasts exceptional craftsmanship and elegant design that makes them the ultimate statement of appreciation this Mother’s Day.
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Cartier Love Bracelet
This iconic bracelet is once again having its moment despite being around since the 1950s. In fact, when it first launched Cartier gave his and hers pairs to some of the most famous couples of the 20th century like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The solid gold retails for $5,550 CAD but those looking for an upgrade can also find an encrusted version with 216 diamonds for $77,500 CAD. The Love earrings and rings are great options for someone whose budget is closer to the $1000-$2000 range.
Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Necklace
First launched in the late-1960s, the necklace is said to represent the Alhambra Palace in Spain and was a favourite of Grace Kelly’s. The collection comes in many colours and combinations and, as with all jewellery classics, is available in all the jewellery types (earrings, necklaces, etc.). But for our money, we’re partial to the mother of pearl which retails for $3,300.
Mejuri Diamond Tennis Bracelet
This Canadian brand is newer to the jewellery scene but it’s found a market by creating gold staples at affordable prices. Its value proposition is fine jewellery that you can wear every single day and this piece offers just that.
There’s nothing like capturing that ping of sparkle from a diamond. Here, that ping is multiplied for an investment piece that’ll induce gasps for decades to come. Each diamond tennis bracelet is made-to-order and handcrafted with a unique diamond setting, so although it often takes a little extra time to ship, the craftsmanship reflects the wait time. These days, we’re loving its diamond tennis bracelet which retails for $3,000 CAD.
Tiffany HardWear Necklace
This iconic brand has been serving up fine jewellery in its signature blue boxes for nearly two hundred years. In the past, Tiffany’s charm bracelets were among its most popular but its latest HardWear collection plays into the trendy aesthetic of chunky jewellery. We love the 18K gold HardWear Link Necklace which retails for $14,300. A statement-maker, this bold chain of gauge links captures the urban edge of New York City while maintaining its elegance.
Bulgari Emerald Serpenti Earrings
An absolute favourite of jewellery connaisseur Elizabeth Taylor, the Bulgari emeralds brought out Taylor’s rare purple-coloured eyes. As the story goes, Richard Burton proposed to her with an Emerald Bulgari brooch in place of a ring. That same brooch sold for over $6,000,000 after Taylor died in 2001. For the ultimate grade, Bulgari’s Serpenti white gold emerald earrings are next-level luxury and retail for $40,700.
David Yurman Cable Classic Collection Bracelet
Supposedly inspired by the architecture of the Brooklyn Bridge, the classic cable bracelet is a true staple in luxury jewellery. It can be dressed up for momentous occasions or dressed down for everyday wear. Wherever and whenever you wear this David Yurman masterpiece, it promises timelessness. Even though gold is having its moment, we love the sterling silver version with an 18K yellow gold edge. It’s the perfect transition piece that allows you to mix metals.