One of the simplest and quickest ways to freshen up your weekday or weekend ensemble is to add a piece of jewellery. And there are plenty of options out there for you to consider. From earrings that boast whimsical designs to classy jade necklaces, jewellery can add interest and flair to even the simplest of outfits.
We zoom in on five of the most budget-friendly, homegrown jewellery brands to add to your browser’s bookmarks list now.
If you’re looking to start or build your fine jewellery collection, consider the newly launched ByCanary. It’s the sister brand of The Canary Diamond co. which boasts three generations of seasoned jewellers.
You can expect a slew of sleek and refined pieces that promise to elevate your outfits, turning them from stylish to stunning. There are eight core collections and a designer collaboration — featuring Malaysian footwear designer, Ung Yiu Lin — to look out for. Dashing designs aside, the jewellery label also puts eco-consciousness at its forefront by working with fair humanitarian miners and using environmentally friendly packaging.
Not a fan of seasonal designs? Then this understated and classic design is a failsafe option to add to your jewellery box.
2020 didn’t turn out to be as smooth sailing as what we’d expected but we mustn’t lose hope. That’s why this special design, created by Yiu Lin, is so apt because it serves as a good reminder to keep our positivity on and it’s created to support the Dignity for Children foundation in Malaysia.
If you prefer your earrings to be dainty rather than chunky, reach for these beautiful earrings to add a sprinkle of sparkle to your outfit.
Trixie Khong, founder of By Invite Only, has eczema-prone skin so she understands how tough it is for wearers to pick the right accessories that don’t irritate the skin. Which is why when she started her label in 2009, she made it a point to omit nickel, lead and cadmium in all her pieces, allowing shoppers with sensitive skin to buy the accessories that they love with confidence.
The affordable designs from By Invite Only often exude a contemporary, understated and luxury appeal. They can be easily matched with your workwear or weekend pieces, making your OOTDs even more striking than before.
Glam up your evening ensemble with these sparkly earrings that look absolutely mesmerising. Their asymmetrical design will be a conversation-starter at intimate dinner gatherings.
Not a fan of flashy and OTT accessories? Keep your look simple yet stylish with this triple loop ring.
Your feet deserve some attention too. This dainty anklet will look great with one of these weekend sandals
On some days, you might want your accessories to stand out a little more than usual. That’s when you can always rely on the youthful, trendy and low-cost pieces from Thrifty Thieves. The online store is stocked with plenty of conversation-starting designs that will add some pizzazz to your getup.
Our favourites? The adorable beaded bracelets that remind us of the friendship bands we made in the ’90s, as well as the whimsical and mood lifting earrings that we’ll want to flaunt to our Instagram followers.
Chase away the Monday blues with this colourful choker that features a smiley face to brighten up your day.
This bright orange bracelet will inject a dose of youthfulness to your outfit. Wear it on its own or go for a stack, the choice is yours.
Why wear matching earrings when you can wear different looking ones? These mismatched earrings will help to express the playful side of you.
For jewellery designer Juat Li, she feels calm and gets transported to a zen place whenever she’s working on her designs. It’s no surprise then that we find that many of her pieces — focusing on breathtaking jades, pearls and gemstones — exude an air of serenity and sophistication.
We’re in love with her understated and classy designs, and how mesmerising they look when matched with just a simple boyfriend shirt and jeans combo. As a former scholarship beneficiary, Juat Li dedicates 10% of her sale profits to education bursaries, helping students with financial difficulties. A local brand with a good cause? Consider us sold.
The gold plated ear hooks, clear gemstones and light green jade come together to make this pair of earrings look so elegant and effortless.
Give opposite dressing a go by wearing a pearl necklace with a beige trouser suit; you’ll be surprised by how classy and cool you’ll look.
We can’t help but admire how beautiful, calming and feminine this bracelet looks. With its trend-transcending design, we’re sure we can wear it for many years to come.
Launched in June 2020, The Lobang Shop runs on Instagram, giving online shoppers a convenient way to shop for budget-friendly and bold accessories. Its founder, Angie Chen, is no stranger to those who’re familiar with the local fashion circuit. She’s the fashion curator of The Fifth Collection, an online store selling secondhand and pre loved designer items. Her wardrobe is filled with lots of covetable pieces and it’s basically every fashion girl’s dream come true.
Angie injects fun and humour into her products by giving them quirky names such as the Boomz rocket-inspired brooch and Ah Lian starfish earrings. And since her flashy and fabulous pieces are sold out rather quickly, you’ll want to follow The Lobang Shop on Instagram to get first dibs on her latest items!
This pair of all-eyes-on-me earrings is the perfect accessory to reach for when you’re in the mood for “go big or go home”.
Fans of the Jaws movie will recognise the shark design on these adorable crystal encrusted earrings. Wear them to show off your fearless side.
With the help of this rocket inspired beaded appliqué brooch, you can turn your getup from boring to boomz in a jiffy.