5 Best Investment Jewelry Pieces in 2023

Investment Jewelry can be defined as jewelry pieces that hold their value and / or increases in value over time. The 5 best investment jewelry pieces that are worth adding to your collection which include a Rolex, a Cartier bracelet, a Van Cleef & Arpel Alhambra, Chaumet Josephine collection, and Mikimoto pearls.

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I am a big proponent of investing in real, authentic, high quality, fine jewelry for years. If you take care of your jewelry, they can be treated as heirlooms that can be passed down for generations. 

Rolex Watch

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Rolex Watch with Diamonds & Chanel Bag © AllthingsAnita

The first piece on my list should come to no surprise to anyone, it is a Rolex watch. I've had my Datejust Rolex for over 4 years and it still looks as good as the day I got it! The reason the Rolex is a good piece of jewelry to invest in is because it's made of high quality material, is easy to style with your outfit or other jewelry, and it's a timeless design.

First introduced in 1905. Rolex's are timeless watches that are known for using extremely high quality material, being assembled by hand, the circular face, the iconic two metal tone bracelet, the bezel, perpetual rotor, and waterproof design. Personally, I love both new and vintage Rolex watches.

A Rolex watch is investment worthy due to the fact it is reliable, elegant, and continues to hold its value over time. Depending on the year, model and condition of the watch, over time you could see up to a 50% return. If you are looking to invest in a timeless, high quality watch, then I highly recommend Rolex. Rolex prices start at $5,000.

Cartier Bracelet

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Cartier Love Bracelet & Juste un Clou Bracelet © cartier_vancleef

There are two major Cartier Bracelets that most people invest in if they are purchasing a designer piece from Cartier. The first is the Cartier Love bracelet. The second one is the Cartier Juste un Clou bracelets, also known as the nail bracelet. These Cartier bracelets are perfect for someone who is looking for a classic bracelet they can wear all the time.

The Cartier Love bracelet has been around for years and continues to be a timeless jewelry piece, that holds it value, and is easy to style. The Juste un Clou Cartier bracelet in my opinion is a more modern piece, trendy piece that has gained popularity over the last few years.

Like many luxury brands, Cartier is notorious for raising their prices 1 -2 times a year. With that being said, many people who purchased the Cartier bracelet years ago can actually now sell the bracelet for more than they paid for it. I adore all my Cartier jewelry including my Cartier Love Ring, Love Bracelet and Juste in Clous bracelet. Shop Vintage Cartier Bracelets

Van Cleef & Arpel Alhambra Bracelet

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Van Cleef Bracelet and Hermes Birkin Bag © VCA_community

Look no further, one of the most iconic pieces of jewelry is the Van Cleef & Arpel Motif bracelet! This bracelet is instantly recognizable, inspired by a four leaf clover, and is known to bring good luck and good fortune! The Van Cleef bracelet is worth purchasing due to the impeccable detailing that goes into each handcrafted motif, the timeless beautiful design, and how easy it is to style.

The Van Cleef & Arpel (VCA) Alhambra collection has been around since 1968 and was first introduced in the form of a necklace with 20 motifs. The necklace became an instant hit for celebrities. As the popularity of the brand grew, VCA's iconic Alhambra Motif design expanded to bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and even watches

The iconic Van Cleef & Arpel motif bracelet starts at $4,200, and will hold its value over time as long as you take care of the bracelet. Shop vintage Van Cleef Bracelets

Chaumet Josephine Collection

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Chaumet Josephine Ring © threadstyling

There are so many popular collections from Chaumet that are considered timeless, it’s hard to just choose one. However, if I had to choose one Chaumet collection above all others, it is the Josephine collection. 

The Chaumet Josephine collection has been available for over 2 generations and offers 45 exceptional different pieces. The most iconic Josephine piece comes in the form of a ring. The Josephine ring is known for its v shaped paved diamond band, and one pear shaped diamond or stone that is situated above the center of the v paved diamond band.

This ring is perfect for someone who is looking for a timeless design, that has been popular for years, and is a great piece to pass down from generation to generation. Oftentimes, the Josephine ring is used as an engagement ring. The Chaumet Josephine ring starts at $8,500, continues to rise in price every year, and holds its value over time. Shop Preloved Chaumet Josephine Rings

Mikimoto pearls

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Best Investment Jewelry · Mikimoto Pearl Necklace © Mikimoto

When I think of a timeless piece that never goes out of style, my mind instantly goes to pearls. Fashion icon Jackie Kennedy adored pearls. In fact, she is quoted saying, “Pearls are always appropriate.” Pearls are adored by not only famous people and social icons, but by women around the world. I always recommend that if you’re going to invest in only one classic piece of jewelry you can wear with almost every outfit, then invest in a good set of pearls. 

With that being said, Mikimoto is known for having the most magnificent pearls. Kokichi Mikimoto had an eye for perfection, and was unimpressed by the pearls that were available at the time. In 1905, Mikimoto produced the first fully spherical cultured pearl. Today, Mikimoto continues to produce high quality pearls that are perfect. 

Mikimoto quality is unmatched and because of this Mikimoto pearls definitely earns it spot on the list today on top investment jewelry pieces worth investing in. This is a piece of jewelry that can be passed down from generation to generation, holds its value, and is easy to style. Pricing for Mikimoto pearls start at $4,000 for a necklace.

Recap on the 5 Investment Jewelry Pieces

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I highly recommend investing in high quality jewelry accessories that you can wear for years. I remember when my Mom purchased my first set of pearls, I took such great care of them and I hope to one day, if I have a daughter, I’d like to pass those same pearls to her. These pearls were my first real investment jewelry piece that I added to my collection.

I love hearing from you, what are your favorite jewelry pieces worth investing in? Do you have any heirlooms that you inherited that you’d like to pass down to the next generation?

Sincerely Petite in Paris,

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  1. Sara Catlett says:

    Great article! I love all the pieces you chose to write about. Do you know what brand the black pear shaped wrist watch is in the photo under the “Chaumet Josephine Collection” section of your article? Thank you.

    1. Diane Marz says:

      Hello Sara,

      Thank you so much! That’s a great question, that watch is called. “Joséphine Aigrette watch” by Chaumet.

      Hope that helps, it’s such a beautiful watch