Finding just the right jewel, whether as a gift for a loved one or a treat for yourself, can be daunting. To help, we handpicked 10 pieces that will thrill all types of gem lovers, ranging from the fit-for-a-grand-ball necklace of Burma rubies and diamonds shown above to a subtle-enough-for-every-day gold and diamond ring made by the iconic designer Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.
Tanzanite — which, as its name implies, is found only in Tanzania — is beloved for its rich hue, ranging from blue to violet. It’s also a December birthstone!
Italian jewelry house Buccellati is known for its craftsmanship, amply displayed in this fine gem-set gold cuff featuring a no-heat sapphire.
As befits a stone slangily referred to as “ice,” diamonds in pear, marquise and brilliant cuts give these beautiful earrings a snowflake-like sparkle.
Pearls are sometimes considered a stodgy choice, but the 80 South Sea and Tahitian ones in this necklace are strung to create an ombré effect, giving it a bit of edge.
Yellow diamonds are having a moment, worn on the red carpet by celebrities like Zendaya and Iman. The stunning 10-carat cushion-cut example in this ring is surrounded by a halo of white diamonds, to dazzling effect.
Bold gold pieces like this chunky David Yurman cuff are trending this season, thanks in part to the popularity of Netflix’s limited series Halston and the eagerly anticipated film House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga.
A loose stone like this 16.44-carat garnet is a gift of possibility. Will it be made into a pendant necklace? A cocktail ring? A bracelet? The fun part is creating a bespoke design.
The celebrated singer Kate Smith is believed to have owned this stunning 1950s emerald and diamond necklace.