Adulthood comes with perks but also 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 might have loved 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.” And while chunky hot pink rings or enamel mushroom earrings are definitely a vibe, sometimes, you need timeless pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe. That can be a thin layering necklace, a dainty stack of rings, or a charm pendant that takes on a talisman-like quality. And, of course, whether worn with a blazer or jeans, everyone needs a pair of good, solid gold hoops. (They go with everything.)
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 basically everyone with a TikTok account. 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.
If you want to explore other brands that give off the same elevated vibe, it can be hard to narrow down all the options at your disposal. (Psst: This TikTok video does a good job explaining the different materials fine and demi-fine jewelry brands tend to use.)
Now that you’ve gotten a better picture of what to look out for, check out some of our favorite fine jewelry brands (along with a few of 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.
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, Balmain, and Dover Street Market, 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 motif collection will fulfill all your retro style desires. Rellery’s next-day shipping is also an absolute blessing if you’re as impatient as we are.
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.
Talia Abbas, Bianca Nieves