High Jewellery found at Bond Street London
High Jewellery Bond Street London

What exactly is high Jewellery, and what sets it apart from fine Jewellery?

It’s safe to say that high Jewellery is likely to be very expensive as a Google search confirms with the likes of Graff, Boodles, Chopard, Piaget, Chaumet and Tiffany to name just a few appearing on page one.

Whereas if you do a similar search for fine Jewellery, it brings up the likes Selfridges, Harrods and Not On The High street.

Is High Jewellery more than just a synonym for expensive Jewellery?

I have been designing and making Jewellery for the best part of 40 years, and I can’t say what defines high Jewellery. I have, of course, heard of the term but to find a single definition that everyone in the jewellery trade could agree on there I would struggle. Probably most would say you know when you see it.

What I think there is total agreement on is that a high Jewellery piece should contain the most exceptional quality of rare gems and precious metal. Be of distinctive design with exquisite craftsmanship (presumably handmade), and probably comes from a famous designer or jewellery house. 

With all of that said, the jewellery piece will be costly but on the flip side hold their value. And a very rare or bespoke piece is most likely to gain in value, not just keep it.

Are the materials, and artistry the signature that defines High Jewellery? 

Uniquely when many of the worlds most famous jewellery designers combine precious and non-precious elements. And renowned international luxury fine jewellery houses also make pieces for ‘ordinary people’, not just the rich or royals?

Tiffany & Co is the perfect example of this cross over as they make high jewellery pieces, but most of their revenue is generated from mass-produced silver and gold pieces. Boodles does something similar as does every other brand that offers affordable Jewellery for the masses alongside their high-end brand.

Where should I visit to see High Jewellery Designs?

If you want to see a lot of high jewellery pieces in one place a visit to London’s Bond Street is a must, and further afield then the Place Vendôme in Paris is the best place to go. It was initially laid out in 1702 as a monument to the successes of the army of King Louis XIV. This grandeur and exclusive square (in the city’s tony First Arrondisement)  today attracts leading global luxury jewellery brands.

The world of Jewellery Making is changing.

So in conclusion, High Jewellery is associated as being handmade with the finest gems and material and a price tag to match, fine jewellery is associated with luxury and all other forms of jewellery are made for ‘Ordinary People’

Well not anymore today with the introduction 3D CAD jewellery design having something made just for you no longer comes with an inflated price tag. You can have something made just for you that matches or surpasses anything you can see in a branded or luxury Jewellery Store.

By commissioning a bespoke jewellery piece you can be involved in the design process choose from a collection of unique one-off designs stunning gemstone and precious metal that match both your budget and lifestyle and at the same time support Jewellery Made-in Britain.

Bespoke High Jewellery is not associated to wealth or grandeur rather than to uniqueness and quality while removing the premium price tag

Discover more about creating High Jewellery at a price you can afford without substituting quality.

If you want to learn more about bespoke and designing directly from your home with a ZOOM or SKYPE video call, Home Garden Visit or at COVID friendly Wimpole Street PLEASE GET IN TOUCH 0800 024 8940  or send me an email with you questions david@davidlawjeweller.com