The top jewellery companies can be found in retail sales, design and manufacture, or a combination of those activities. They range from companies that have been in business for over two centuries to relative newcomers. Whether they're exclusive boutique merchants whose pieces can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or they're retailers whose selection is within the reach of the general public, the top jewellery companies excel in providing fashionable jewellery that's consistently popular among shoppers.
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Blue Nile has become the largest online jewellery retailer since its formation in 1999. They offer shoppers the option to design pieces to their specifications through the "Build Your Own" program as well as offering a wide variety of jewellery from the industry's top brands. Blue Nile has thrived during difficult economic times, with net sales increasing 18.7 per cent to £48.2 million in 2010s first quarter.
Cartier was established by Louis Cartier in 1847, and the company's creations rapidly became popular among the Parisian elite. Cartier jewellery and watches are still prized luxury items, valued for their style and their prestigious brand name. Cartier is now a subsidiary company of Richemont AG, selling their creations through their own boutiques as well as affiliated merchants.
Signet Jewelers Ltd.
Signet is the leader in retail jewellery sales, operating a variety of stores throughout America and the United Kingdom. Their stores include Kay Jewelers and Jared in America and H. Samuel and Leslie Jones in Britain. Signet's stores offer moderately priced items that tend to range from £195 to £455. Their stores specialise in diamond jewellery and watches, though items crafted with gold, silver, and other precious stones make up a significant portion of their inventories.
Stuller is a jewellery manufacturer based in Lafayette, Louisiana, that operates on a just-in-time manufacturing model, providing overnight delivery on most of their product line to jewellery retailers. Stuller also crafts custom pieces through their Stuller Studio program and is able to deliver the finished product in three to five days. Stuller offers retailers a wide range of mountings and precious gemstones as well as finished jewellery.
Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. was founded in 1837 and became world renowned for their craftsmanship and elegance by the end of the 19th century. The prestigious jeweller has provided pieces for figures including Abraham Lincoln, J.P. Morgan, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis, and remains a favourite brand among lovers of luxury jewellery, with sales of £411.8 million in the first quarter of 2010. Tiffany works with celebrated designers including Jean Schlumberger and Paloma Picasso to create their collections, which are sold in 221 Tiffany boutiques worldwide.
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