A Guide To High-End Gold Jewellery: Trends & Timeless Designs

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Sep 14, 2023

Lady Fortuna gold bar, Cartier love rings, Tiffany setting engagement ring, and a diamond on a beige background.

When you buy high-end gold jewellery, you embrace luxury and invest in moments that last a lifetime. Discover more about the value of high-end gold jewellery.

When it comes to luxury, beauty and enduring popularity, high-end gold jewellery commands a presence that few treasures can emulate. From the blue box bling of Tiffany to head-turning Bvlgari, luxury gold jewellery stands the test of time, proving that good taste never goes out of style.

It’s more than just a piece of adornment too - it’s a sector that was valued at $341bn in 2022 and is set to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 4.6% between 2023 and 2030.💸

But what does a piece of jewellery have to do to earn VIP status? Is it just a fancy price tag or some secret sauce?

So what makes jewellery high-end?

High-end gold jewellery is a fusion of art, craftsmanship, and exclusivity. To be ‘high-end’, jewellers need to be crafting with the highest quality materials to create a design that is as unique as it is beautiful.

A jeweller working with diamonds

To earn the badge of ‘high-end’, jewellery needs to promise only the best in:

🌟 Craftsmanship

High-end gold jewellery is designed and created by highly-skilled and experienced craftsmen. Every detail, from the setting of gemstones to the finish of the piece, is done with precision and care.

🌟 Materials

Often made from at least 18k gold up to 24k and featuring exquisite or rare gemstones, such as diamonds and sapphires, high-end jewellery is crafted from the most luxurious materials.

🌟 Exclusivity

Pieces are often produced in limited quantities, making them highly exclusive. This increases the desirability and collectability of high-end jewellery.

🌟 Price Point

With the luxurious materials and level of craftsmanship involved, high-end gold jewellery comes with a premium price tag.

High-end jewellery has become more than just an accessory, it’s become a feeling, an aesthetic. Mention it and the mind effortlessly drifts to a rolled-out red carpet, the diamond-adorned gloves of Marilyn Monroe or the decolletage of Audrey Hepburn.

The crème de la crème of brand royalty have mastered this, where each piece is not just a jewel, but an experience.

The high-end jewellery giants

Often boasting an incredible legacy, many high-end gold jewellery designers have now become household names. Tiffany, Cartier, and Bvlgari will all soon be celebrating their 200th birthdays (OK, Bvglari is around 60 years away, but that’s still good going).

These brands don't just create high-end jewellery, they create experiences. The timeless lines of Tiffany's signature T Collection, the panther motifs of Cartier's iconic designs, and Roman-inspired Bvlgari's creations have been dropping jaws (and bank balances) for decades, and they don’t plan on slowing down.

Tiffany & Co

Since 1837, Tiffany & Co. has been synonymous with style, timeless elegance, and good breakfasts.

Their high-end jewellery features the finest materials and meticulous attention to detail. Tiffany jewellery strikes the perfect balance between contemporary and classic beauty.

Tiffany Setting Engagement Ring

The most iconic example of this is the Tiffany Setting engagement ring in 18k gold. With six prongs lifting the Triple X diamond above the band, this solitaire piece dazzles. Since its creation in 1886, its simple yet luxurious design has become a timeless emblem of romance and continues to adorn ring fingers around the world. 💍

Tiffany Setting engagement ring
Tiffany Setting engagement ring. Source: Tiffany & Co


Cartier is a French high-end jeweller with a history of crafting intricate jewellery for royalty and celebrities alike.

Each piece is designed with a blend of classic elegance and contemporary sophistication, bridging the gap between past and present.

Cartier Love Bracelet

The 18k Cartier Love Bracelet, introduced in the 1970s, was designed to symbolise eternal love and devotion and made famous by iconic couples like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, or Ali McGraw and Steve McQueen. Its distinctive design features a screw motif, which is both a functional clasp and symbolic of love's unbreakable bond.

Over the years, it has decorated some of the most famous wrists in the world; Princess Diana, Sophia Loren and Frank Sinatra, to name a few.

Cartier Love bracelet
Cartier Love bracelet


Founded in 1884 in Rome, Bvlgari jewellery designs are inspired by Roman culture, featuring vibrant gemstones that would make even Caesar jealous.

When we say "Roman-inspired," we're not talking about togas and sandals, we mean everything from architectural inspirations and Roman numerals to tributes to the Gods and mythology. The B.zero1 ring, for example, is inspired by the Colosseum, Rome's iconic elliptical amphitheatre.

Serpenti Collection

Drawing inspiration from the seductive power of the serpent, a creature deeply woven into Roman myths and symbols of eternity, the Serpenti collection boasts bracelets, necklaces, and watches, all bearing snake-inspired designs. Each meticulously crafted piece is a testament to Bvlgari's commitment to luxury, adorned with shimmering diamonds, captivating gemstones, and vibrant enamel.

The Serpenti jewellery collection showcases Bvlgari's blend of history, art, and luxury.

Bvlgari Serpenti collection
Bvlgari Serpenti collection. Source: Bvlgari

Unique high-end jewellery pieces

While we will forever bow before brands like Tiffany and Bvlgari (especially if beneath the weight of their jewellery), there is something deliciously secretive about uncovering some lesser-known creators and their designs.

These pieces push the boundaries of creativity, colour and craftsmanship.

Alexandrite Halo Pendant

The Alexandrite, a colour-changing chameleon of the jewellery world, is a gemstone that’s rare and highly sought-after.

Set in up to 18k yellow or white gold, an Alexandrite Halo Pendant features an oval-shaped alexandrite surrounded by white diamonds and held up by delicate prongs. Its beauty shines in the light. The gem is deep green in natural daylight, shifting to a purplish-red under incandescent lighting.

Alexandrite and Diamond Halo Necklace
Alexandrite and Diamond Halo Necklace

Paraiba Tourmaline Ring

Originating from Brazil, the Paraiba Tourmaline is a rare gemstone with an intense blue-green hue.

It is the gem used in Paraiba Tourmaline Rings, which are often set in 18k rose gold to complement the vibrancy of the gem’s colours, along with a delicate band of white diamonds. Set in a way that showcases the beauty of the gem’s natural colour, a Paraiba Tourmaline Ring is a unique and exquisite piece of jewellery. Depending on the cut, carat, purity and rarity of the Paraiba Tourmaline gemstone, rings can vary in price from as low as £150 to £20,000 or more.

These unique pieces are not just about gold and gemstones; they are about pushing the boundaries of creativity and celebrating the extraordinary.

Paraiba Tourmaline Ring
Paraiba Tourmaline ring.

The Pink Star Diamond

The Pink Star Diamond, also known as Steinmetz Pink, takes a unique approach to more traditional gemstones. The ring broke records when it was sold for over $71 million at auction.

It features a 59.60-karat diamond with a vivid pink hue, set in platinum to enhance and complement the diamond’s natural colour. This interplay between the platinum and the rarity of the gemstone’s colour continues to captivate people all over the world.

The Pink Star Diamond
The Pink Star diamond. Source: naturaldiamonds.com

Fortuna Veriscan Necklace

Although the Fortuna is a 1g gold bullion, some people, including American popstar Rihanna, use the Fortuna as a necklace. The bullion is stamped with the image of the iconic Lady Fortuna – the revered Roman goddess symbolising prosperity and fortune.

Follow the Fortuna trend or set your own by selecting something different as your pendant of choice. Bullions like the PAMP Suisse Roman Cross and Nature’s Grip Sunbeam Snake​ would make incredible additions to your gold and silver collection. PAMP Suisse also crafts sweetheart candies from 999.9 pure silver that make for extra special gifts (which, as luck would have it, double as a financial investment).

Lady Fortuna necklace.
Lady Fortuna necklace. Source: iroldjewelry.com

All carrot and no stick: Understanding karats and purity

While gemstones are often seen as the main event of high-end jewellery 💎, the gold they’re set in can complement and harness their beauty or flatten their colour. So the colour, karat, and purity of the gold used in high-end jewellery pieces are important.

Gold is measured in karats, with 24 karats being pure gold. The higher the karat, the purer the gold, but also the softer it becomes. This affects both its durability and its colour.

Lower karats can be more durable. 14k or 18k are often used in jewellery for their balance between durability and rich colour. A 14k gold band will showcase your gems with the brilliance of a starlit sky.

So, whether it's the vividness of 24k or the balance of 18k, the choice of karat impacts the piece's appearance and longevity.

Gold jewellery as an investment

With such a high quality and purity of gold being used, high-end jewellery isn't just about looking fabulous. Their gold value makes them highly investable too.

Precious metals, like gold, hold and can even increase their value over time, making them not only treasured possessions but also strategic investments. So although a fine piece of high-end jewellery can be a symbol of lasting love when gifted or a splash of luxury when worn, it can also be an heirloom passed through generations or a safeguard against economic uncertainties.

A Tiffany ring or Cartier necklace is not just a stunning adornment but also a piece of history and a potential financial asset. Likewise, to many, historic gold coins and bullion are collector's items, while to some, they’re investment opportunities. The beauty is - both are true. 🪙

So, whether you're rocking a necklace, a ring, or a tiara, because why not? Remember you're not just wearing jewellery; you're carrying history, style, and an investment all in one sparkly package.

From glamour to gold: a journey beyond beauty

High-end jewellery isn't just about beauty, breakfasts or being a girl’s best friend. It's about the legacy, the ongoing value and the potential these treasures hold.

When you invest in luxury jewellery, you're not only adding a new piece to your jewellery box but placing your trust in the enduring value of gems and precious metals. It's a nod to the past while securing your future.

Ever considered diving deeper into the world of gold and silver investments? Unlike the rollercoaster ride of assets like crypto, precious metals hold their ground over time, giving investors that comforting shield against inflation and unpredictable economic tides.

And here's the cherry on top: gold and silver are universally treasured. Need to turn them into cash? No problem. They're as liquid as they come. Whether you're gifting, wearing, or storing, these metals aren't just about dazzle; they're rock-solid assets lighting the path to a gleaming financial horizon.

So, whether you're draping these investments around your neck or tucking them away, remember: precious metals are more than just beautiful – Comment start they can be a solid step toward financial security.


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