6 Fine Jewelry Items That Have Reached Cult Status Among Fashion Insiders

The Luxury List is a monthly column on all things luxury, tapping the foremost experts in the fashion space to explore everything from craftsmanship deep dives to the little-known details to consider when buying fine jewelry.


(Image credit: @pernilleteisbaek; Tiffany & Co. bracelet; Lauren Rubinski necklace; Spinelli Kilcollin ring)

Buying a piece of fine jewelry is a big deal. It's an investment purchase that definitely requires careful consideration, but often, it's also an emotionally charged piece that you'll remember for years and years to come in celebration of a special holiday or anniversary—whether you're buying it for yourself or it's a gift from someone close to you. If you've been thinking about making your first purchase of a fine jewelry item or are looking to add to your collection, there are plenty of noteworthy pieces to have on your radar.

Looking to the fashion set, there are a handful of pieces that really stand out. From the coolest possible takes on chunky chains to design-forward diamonds, there is no shortage of beautiful pieces in the collections of both heritage brands and emerging labels. The one thing all of these have in common? While they all fall under the umbrella of fine jewelry, they are pieces you can wear every single day, whether you're getting dressed up or throwing on a more casual look. Ahead, let's dive into the best fine jewelry items to know about that you'll be sure to spot on fashion insiders—be prepared to stop and stare at all of these.


(Image credit: @rosiehw@laurenrubinski; Lauren Rubinski necklace)

The chunky-chain trend has really taken hold among the fashion set, and while there are plenty of iterations, the designs by Lauren Rubinski have reached cult level. Celebs including Hailey Bieber, Kate Moss, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are among the fans you'll spot wearing the pieces. The jewelry is handcrafted in Italy by master goldsmiths and designed to have a chunky look yet lightweight feel.

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(Image credit: @libbyjanepage@for_future_reference; Mateo ring)

Founded by self-taught designer Matthew Harris, Mateo blends a minimal aesthetic and modern art influences for a collection that takes a unique approach to fine jewelry. The stunning initial rings and necklaces, in particular, stand out, and you'll be sure to spot them on fashion insiders. Designed with diamond-encrusted charms set inside a crystal box, these initial pieces are anything but ordinary.

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Though Repossi is known for its striking modern designs, the jewelry house was founded in the 1940s. Gaia Repossi is now at the helm and still designs many of the pieces in the same workshop as her great-grandfather—including the diamond-studded Serti Inversé earrings that have been taking over on the Instagram fashion scene. The architectural, minimalist pieces are the ultimate modern take on a diamond earring and look stunning on their own or stacked in multiple pairs.

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(Image credit: Spinelli Kilcollin ring@badgalrara_@dualipa)

One of the most iconic rings of all time, Spinelli Kilcollin's interlocking styles are a true cult item that you'll be sure to spot on everyone from celebs like Dua Lipa to fashion insiders. With mixed metals, an array of stones ranging from diamonds to sapphires, and the brand's signature links, this is one of the coolest jewelry pieces you can have in your collection. We're also seeing these pop up as a cool-girl alternative to traditional engagement rings.

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(Image credit: @pernilleteisbaek; TIffany & Co. bracelet@nycbambi@jaimeridge)

The iconic Tiffany & Co. jewelry house needs no introduction. You may already be familiar with its beautiful pieces, but its HardWear collection is the one you'll definitely want on your radar. Inspired by New York City, the jewelry blends industrial shapes and chunky gauged links in a range of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings that fashion insiders simply can't get enough of.

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(Image credit: Sophie Bille Brahe bracelet; @pernilleteisbaek@emilisindlev)

Scandinavian designer Sophie Bille Brahe is behind a true fashion-girl jewelry brand. The pieces are elegant with unexpected, avant-garde twists that make classic pieces instantly feel modern. The brand's tennis bracelets and necklaces are set with graduated diamonds that add a gentle curve to the pieces—making them a true work of art.

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Sophie Bille Brahe Collier de Tennis (price upon request)

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Next, read about the biggest engagement ring trends of 2021.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.