Adulthood comes with some perks and many caveats — some, like balancing checkbooks and learning how to make dishes beyond pasta, are expected but others, like investing in the best jewelry brands, are often forgotten. Don’t worry, though, we are here to remind you.
As much as we love the multipack stud earrings that we got from Claire’s in middle school, high-quality jewelry is an essential part of the newly-acquired big person uniform. Personally, I’ve been digging for workplace-appropriate jewelry for months now in preparation for corporate America’s grey cubicles. As graduation comes around, I’ve been finding myself ditching my $10 plastic pieces in favor of higher-quality classics from fine jewelry brands. As fun as it is to wear my chunky hot pink enamel mushroom earrings, sometimes, you need a timeless piece to incorporate into your wardrobe. Whether worn with a blazer or jeans, everyone needs a pair of good, solid gold hoops.
If you’ve been on the internet long enough, you’ve probably heard of Mejuri. The Toronto-based jewelry brand is a favorite among celebrities, influencers, and everyday people alike. With a vast array of rings, necklaces, and earrings in a variety of styles and materials (gold vermeil is a game-changer for the baddies on a budget!), it feels like everyone and their mother has a piece from the label nowadays. But, for the days you want to explore other brands that give off the same elevated vibe, it can be hard to narrow down all the options at our disposal.
Don’t worry though, because that’s where we come in. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite fine jewelry brands (along with our favorite pieces!) that ace across the three main categories: style, quality, and price.
This New York label is most famous for its custom claspless Forever Bracelet, which is welded on your body — but its other designs have also been taking TikTok by storm. Founded in 2004, the brand is all about community, putting emphasis on quality and timeless design. The majority of Catbird’s pieces are dainty and timeless, using a variety of metals and stones in delicate silhouettes to achieve an elevated, classic look. Teensie, stackable pinkie rings, and delicate wristlet chains are some of the house’s most sought-after pieces.
PERSEPHONE PEARL NECKLACE
Conscious minimalists, rejoice! Vrai, based in Los Angeles, only uses solid gold and ethically created lab diamonds in its collections. All Vrai pieces have an impeccable sense of design and quality. Most known for its classic engagement rings in a variety of shapes and cuts, the label prioritizes sustainability overall. With a bevy of high-fashion collaborations including Givenchy and Balmain, Vrai pieces are a lifetime investment that can be passed down for generations.
Catapulted to internet stardom for its Zodiac coin necklaces, Rellery offers several funky collections for the cool girl — but its offering goes beyond astrology. The Cuban collection, for example, features the iconic chain-link silhouette, while the checkerboard collection will fulfill all your retro style desires. Rellery’s next-day shipping is also an absolute blessing if you’re as impatient as I am.
Cuban Link Chain With Sunburst
For jewelry from across the pond, this London-based label is the go-to in the world of high-quality accessories. Timeless chains, charms, huggies, and hoops are all some of Missoma’s most sought-after pieces. The brand ethos is a refined, modern take on your mom’s classic jewelry. Missoma’s pieces usually come in three different options: solid 14K gold, gold-plated vermeil, or pave-studded.
Lucy Williams Square Malachite Necklace
Engravable Round Signet Ring
Founded by Connie Nam in 2012, Astrid & Miyu is inspired by Nam’s travels and her mother’s jewelry. A staple in the market, the brand has great pieces under $200.
Available in retailers like SSENSE and Shopbop, Justine Clenquet’s pieces are handmade in France and can be worn in many different ways!
Justine Clenquet Gold & Silver Denise Necklace
Justine Clenquet Ray Earrings
Notte isn’t like other jewelry brands — it’s for the indie, alt-girls at heart. While freshwater pearl-style necklaces feel reminiscent of those available on Mejuri, the New York-based label lives and breathes for funky pops of color and charming, beaded styles. The marriage between timeless gold chains and in-your-face glitter heart charms makes for a unique aesthetic often associated with young, hip circles. If you’re looking to feel incredibly Gen-Z, this one’s for you.
Dream A Little Dream Pearl Necklace
Embracing timeless classics, Amyo Jewelry has seen a massive influx of traction thanks to TikTok styling tips. Founded with the principles of designing “minimalist and evergreen pieces meant to last at an affordable price point,” the label has been on everyone’s radar this year. A quick glance at its online storefront tells you everything you need to know: from classic beaded ear cuffs to celestial-inspired diamond studs, Amyo’s pieces belong in your jewelry rotation.
Constellation Signet Ring
While most fine jewelry brands steer more towards the traditional route, Stone and Strand offers a unique, funky mix to incorporate into your wardrobe. Built on fun, edgy principles, the direct-to-consumer brand functions as an online marketplace with both brand collections and independent labels available to browse. Gold-plated styles and conflict-free stones offer both thoughtful consumption and alternative price points to the consumer who may be intimidated by high-end jewelry. Our favorite piece? The pastel pink and purple butterfly studs, of course.
Gold Filled Pearl Freeform Bracelet
One of Black in Fashion Council’s crown jewels during New York Fashion Week, OMA the Label is doing everything right in the world of fine jewelry. Body chains, chunky hoops, and ‘80s-inspired chain necklaces are eclectic styles for the modern woman. The label focuses on gold-plated styles, offering more accessible price points for consumers.
Looking to cosplay your favorite celeb? Adinas Jewels has you covered. The label is a favorite among stars like Cara Delevigne and Cardi B. The direct-to-consumer brand has pieces for everyone, ranging from timeless baguette bands to bubblegum pink enamel necklaces. Adinas Jewels’ modern classics section is where the brand truly shines though, with affordable 14K gold options for everyday wear.
Based both in Washington D.C. and New York, AM Thorne focuses on collectible, heirloom-esque pieces. Its selection of high-quality jewelry features unconventional stones — like opal and salt and pepper diamonds — not often seen in the fine jewelry sphere. While it’s on the pricier end of the spectrum, it’s a label for consumers looking for something truly unique but who value simplicity and timelessness.
Solitaire Black Diamond Ring
If you are minimalist at heart, Priscilla Ma’s selection of fine, dainty jewelry will be right up your alley. The label is by far the most delicate on this list and it’s become widely known for its thin engraved gold bands, which come in a variety of designs. With the majority of pieces being offered in gold-plated and gold-filled materials, Priscilla Ma is a more affordable, approachable step for newbies into the fine jewelry market.
This L.A. label is one of the sole reasons you should take up ring stacking. Founding designer Ali Heiss took inspiration from her own mother’s modern approach to jewelry when creating the line. Layering is the name of the game for Amarillo, with an enormous offering of delicate chains and rings to wear alone or in multiples. If earrings are more your thing, the brand’s signature Nora Pearl Hoops should be an instant addition to your shopping cart.
Founded by Lynette Ong, Edge of Ember makes fine jewelry that prioritizes the earth. The pieces are made from recycled metals, ethically sourced gemstones, and lab-grown diamonds. Plus, the label also helps you recycle your old jewelry, too.
Intuition Huggie Earrings – Gold
Senia’s designs can be configured in multiple ways. Its signature styles can be used in 50 (yes, 50!) different ways. Plus, the brand just launched an under-$100 collection, which has the same sustainability and flexible approach as its main pieces.
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