One reason collectors invest in high-quality jewelry and watches is the expectation that they will ultimately pass on their engagement ring or fine watch to the next generation who will, in turn, appreciate the design and the personal value of the item. Here are our top four suggestions of heirloom-worthy pieces to wear now and share later.
A Premium Timepiece
Watches are a wonderful piece of a person’s person history that can easily be passed down from generation to generation. Brands like Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, and Jaeger-LeCoultre have outstanding longevity and are made in styles that can be considered both contemporary, for today’s wearer, and timeless, for tomorrow’s. Think about investing in at least one well-made Swiss and you are guaranteed to create lasting enjoyment for those who will wear it after you.
A Tennis Bracelet
A beautifully made, classically designed, high diamond quality tennis bracelet is the perfect item for an heirloom-in-the-making. A tennis bracelet—particularly one that is either prong-set or bezel-set, as they are both styles that are above being trendy—can be worn with jeans and a sweater or as an accessory to a full-length gown, making it not only a versatile item that any woman can own, but also one that’s worth passing down.
Diamond Stud Earrings
You can find a pair of diamond stud earrings in every woman’s wardrobe, and for good reason. Diamond stud earrings are the quintessential jewelry item that almost every woman owns, and often has owned them since she was young. No matter what carat weight you invest in, a pair of diamond studs can last forever, as long as you take care of them, have them cleaned and checked by a local jeweler regularly, and make sure that they have a safe pair of backs and posts so that they don’t get lost before you have the opportunity to pass them on.
A Beautifully Set Sapphire
This is a relatively broad suggestion, but it still covers a specific genre of jewelry: any item made with a good quality sapphire would make a splendid heirloom. Whether it’s a cocktail-style ring with a halo of diamonds or a bold pendant necklace that contains a stunning Ceylon in cornflower blue, a piece of sapphire jewelry is classic and sophisticated. This incredible piece would add the perfect amount of color and shine to someone’s jewelry wardrobe for generations to come.