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Six of the best online jewellery websites

Didn't get the chic choker, statement earrings, or glamorous cocktail ring you hoped for this year?

These six high-end jewellery retail sites curate incredible pieces from around the globe — start 2017 off right with a piece of jewellery you'll wear all year.

Stone & Strand

Stone & Strand stocks vintage and contemporary jewellery from more than 70 designers — from Chanel and YSL to contemporary brands like Ileana Makri and Mizuki — each piece painstakingly selected by a team of experts. As an added service, the site provides personal shopping consultations, gift guidance, and even custom design.

Stone & Strand, which recently debuted its first brick-and-mortar location in New York's Tribeca neighbourhood, is an ideal source for stylish and cutting-edge designs ranging up to $US49,500 (about $A65,400). (stoneandstrand.com)

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This Mizuki black-pearl-and-diamond ring, $US478 ($A630), is a fun yet elegant design. (stoneandstrand.com)

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This elegant white- and black-diamond flower necklace, $US9500 ($A12,500), from Colette is perfect for an evening statement piece. (stoneandstrand.com)

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The sparkling diamond and gemstone butterflies on this statement ring, $US11,500 (about $A15,200), from acclaimed British designer Stephen Webster appear to be floating over the hand when worn. (stoneandstrand.com)

Ylang 23

Ylang 23 carries over 60 designers, including Jennifer Meyer and Irene Neuwirth, and maintains a close relationship with each artist, allowing the site to request special customisation orders for buyers.

Owners Joanne and Charles Teichman founded the jewellery store in 1985 and launched its online store in 2000. Today, Ylang 23 ships orders to more than 100 countries and has secured a well-respected reputation among new and established jewellery brands. Its most popular pieces typically sell for between $US1500 to $US10,000 (about $A1980 to $A13,200). (ylang23.com)

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The combination of diamonds, pearls, pink sapphires, pink tourmalines, spessartite garnets, and sunstones on these Sharon Khazzam earrings, $US11,800 (about $A15,600) will light up any room. (ylang23.com)

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Inspired by a Cuban cigar band, this Foundrae ring, $US2850 (about $A3765), is the perfect accessory for a trip to Havana. (ylang23.com)

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These wing cuff earrings, $US8075 (about $A10,670), from Yannis Sergakis Adornments , a Greek designer who works exclusively with gold, will make your jewellery collection soar. (ylang23.com)

Moda Operandi

For shoppers searching for fine jewellery but who are not ready to click "buy" without seeing it in person, Moda Operandi has the answer. Its experienced stable of stylists can bring the jewellery, most of which runs from $US1000 to $US5000 (about $A1320 to $A6600), to a client's home for review.

The six-year-old site specialises in unique, on-trend jewellery created by both new and established designers — a mix that includes Annu Hu Haute Joaillerie, Jemma Wynne, and Kwiat.

Additionally, Moda Operandi encourages the creation of custom pieces — an acknowledgement of its belief that shoppers should personally connect with the jewellery they wear. (modaoperandi.com)

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This amethyst-and-rubellite ring, $US11,220 (about $A14,825) from Wendy Yue emulates the same elegance as the butterflies on it. (modaoperandi.com)

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Set sail with these 1960s pearl ship drop earrings, $US8125 (about $A10,700) from Robin Katz Vintage Jewels. (modaoperandi.com)

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This CVC Stones diamond pebble necklace is a mature twist on the trendy choker necklace, $US4960 (about $A6550). (modaoperandi.com)

Swoonery

Swoonery features works by more than 60 designers, each selected based upon their knack for innovation and craftsmanship. The newly launched New York–based site broke ground with its Style Profiler feature, which studies each customer's tastes and recommends pieces based on their preferences.

Not only does Swoonery get to know its customers, it gets to know the people they buy gifts for, too, allowing friends of registered site fans or previous shoppers to see to what the potential gift recipient has been browsing. Gift-givers can even view their recipient's ring size (hint, hint). (swoonery.com)

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This geometric ring, $US2240 (about $A2960), from Kavant & Sharart is covered in pink sapphires and is guaranteed to add spark to any outfit. (swoonery.com)

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This enchanting pair of curved diamond ear cuffs, $US5690 (about $A7520), from Casato is perfect for a glamorous night on the town. (swoonery.com)

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These enticing earrings featuring two 2.39-carat black opal cabochons, diamonds, and tsavorite garnets from Katherine Jetter, $US5600 (about $A7400), make a bold but sophisticated statement. (swoonery.com)

Beladora

Beladora , a site created in 2014 by Beverly Hills–based vintage- and estate-jewellery house Kazanjian & Fogarty Inc., aims to provide an in-depth shopping experience for buyers who require more realistic visuals before committing to a design.

Nearly 1000 "Jewellery in Motion" videos help clients envision scale, colour, and intricate details (elements that flat online photos often fail to capture) and how the piece would look when worn.

Beladora categorises vintage jewellery by era for easy browsing, and boasts looks from 180 brands — ranging from rare estate finds to one-of-a-kind haute designs. Prices range from $US295 to $US185,000 (about $A390 to $A244,500) and above. (beladora.com)

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This chunky Cartier Aldo Cipullo bracelet, $US27,500 (about $A36,350) circa 1973 is made from lapis lazuli and onyx. (beladora.com)

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This intricate circa-1970 Van Cleef & Arpels black-onyx-and-diamond-beaded bold necklace, $US27,500 (about $A36,350) has a detachable pendant. (beladora.com)

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David Webb's innovative circa 1985 crossover ring, $US9450 (about $A12,485), features turquoise, lapis lazuli, and diamonds. (beladora.com)

1stdibs

Originally debuting in Paris in 2001, 1stdibs' present inventory ranges from collectible designers such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and Rolex to unbranded estate jewellery. Though the price range of the site's most popular items is widespread, unique engagement rings are a consistent purchase.

With new jewellery added each week, making a decision may prove challenging. But fortunately, the website has a Private Client Services team to help sift through the lots and find the right creation for any occasion.

While online buyers can consult the virtual 1stdibs team, lucky New York–based clients can pop in for private viewings at the site's Midtown showroom. (1stdibs.com)

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This stunning Van Cleef & Arpels sapphire, diamond, and platinum stripe necklace, $US385,000 (about $A508,700), from 1962 is the ultimate statement piece. (1stdibs.com)

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Show your love with this dazzling 3-carat diamond engagement ring, $US40,000 (about $A25,850). (1stdibs.com)

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These diamond-and-gold hoop earrings, $US9000 (about $A11,890) are a part of the Cartier's classic Trinity collection. (1stdibs.com)

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