With awards season in full swing and Valentine's Day right around the corner, fine jewelry has become a prevalent topic of discussion around the WhoWhatWear.com office. Hollywood's leading ladies, including Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, and Diane Kruger, are hitting the red carpet draped in the world's most beautiful diamonds and gems, and the results are truly awe-inspiring. Today's slideshow turns the spotlight on some of those iconic fine jewelry brands, along with new designers that we feel are modern classics. We just have one thing to say: loved ones, please take notes!
Étoile Filante Necklace (Price Upon Request, 1800.550.0005) in 18K White Gold
In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the "Bijoux de Diamants" exhibition-Chanel's first-ever fine jewelry collection-the fashion house is releasing 80 new designs inspired by Coco Chanel's constellation pieces. In addition to showcasing diamonds, pink sapphires, and pearls, the new 1932 Collection reinterprets Mademoiselle Chanel's infamous Comet & Star necklaces.
Vintage Lace Cuff ($725)
The study of gems and getaways to exotic locales inform this Parisian designer's luxurious baubles.
Pave Diamond Angel Wing Pendant Necklace ($3300)
From the sleek love knots to intricately designed charms with a touch of novelty, this New York City-based brand manages to be both undeniably current and timeless.
Shark Tooth Surfer Tiara Necklace ($30000, 212.826.8900)
Using materials sourced from India and the beaches of Mexico-think: shells, semi-precious stones, and fossilized shark teeth-Dezso stylist-turned-designer Sara Beltran transforms her love for the ocean into breathtaking jewels.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Diamond Bar Ring ($450)
There's a reason celeb favorite Jennifer Meyer was runner-up at the 2012 CFDA Awards: her designs are endlessly chic. From the delicate letter necklaces to the stackable bangles, each collection is filled with wearable pieces that speak softly but make a statement.
Anatomik Earring ($490, available March)
Eponymously named and designed by a fourth generation Fendi, influences come from a broad mix of anatomy, botanicals, and insects to create pieces that are poetic, a little delirious, and always require a double-take.
Delicate Egg Bangles ($1825) in Set of 3
Consider this collection the sophisticated big sister to the downtown darling Bing Bang. Sheffield-a 2007 CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design nominee-creates talismanic pieces that are at once dark, edgy, and feminine.
Folie des Pres Diamond and Blue Sapphire Clip Set (Price Upon Request, 1.877.VANCLEEF) in 18K White Gold
In addition to animals and plants, fairies are a Van Cleef & Arpels staple, signifying effortless femininity. The jewelry house revisits the theme with dancer clips covered in precious stones.
Victoria Serpente Cuff ($11,500)
A little over two years ago, sisters Nicole and Kim Carosella started this bespoke collection with a focus on sustainability-nearly all materials are recycled, reused, or repurposed for future creations.
Mismatched Triangle Turquoise and Diamond Studs ($391)
Focused on using environmentally friendly production, Mociun (pronounced like "Motion") produces sweet little pieces of bijoux that are the perfect building blocks to start a jewelry collection.
Black Diamond Flame Earrings ($2850)
Designers Lisa and Danielle Frankel mix dark and light elements to put an edgier spin on fine jewelry. Each piece has a bit of that uptown-meets-downtown down.
Rose Gold Signature ID Bracelet ($5250)
Though monogrammed nameplates are a Garland cornerstone, it is designer Nicole Mann Novick's handmade, personalized pieces, including statement rings, bracelets, pendants, and wedding bands, that have earned the line a strong following.
Provocante Necklace (Price upon request, 1.800.929.DIOR) in White Gold and Diamonds
Launched by Victoire de Castellane in 1998, Dior Joaillerie is the epitome of luxury. Castellane draws upon her costume jewelry background to create decadent clusters of oversized gems and diamonds.