If you’re a fan of bespoke jewellery and accessories, you’ll love these elegant contemporary designs from Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Handmade across the region, these non-boring bling from independent craftsmen will elevate your look with an added element of individuality.
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What sets Amado Gudek apart from other jewellery ateliers is its employment of eco-friendly Bioresin in crafting its jewellery that has UV-resistant properties to prolong the lifespan of its pieces and prevent yellowing.
The sleek, eye-catching efforts of homegrown designer Elaine Tain seek to make an empowering statement against environmental degradation through their unique form and character. Each handcrafted piece is exquisite and refined in dainty geometric shapes. Elaine still manages to inject fun and detail into every piece, modernising the jewellery with watercolour prints, gold flakes and natural dye effects. If taking stylistic leaps with sustainable materials is up your alley, Amado Gudek is the brand for you.
“Envet” which loosely translates to “and bold” in African language was inspired by the fascinating, intrepid travels of designer Anita Rusli when she ventured through Istanbul. The line of jewellery is all handcrafted and imbued with meticulous design and intricate detail.
Featuring tongue-in-cheek details like tasseled earrings and lovely hoops with a single alphabet dangling in its core, Anita’s creations are highly stylised with a sense of je ne sais quoi. Look out for the impish ‘Evil Eye’-looking charms and beads which adorn most of Envet’s finely crafted pieces – they’ve almost become a signature motif attributed to the brand.
Joana Ballesteros Gube, sole designer and craftsman behind the Manila-based jewellery brand Heyjow, established her label in 2013 to encapsulate her love for the mesmerising world she has witnessed while travelling.
Heyjow’s pieces are intricately adorned with colourful gemstones, crystals, and symbolic charms that seem to marry boho sensibilities and classic charm. Heyjow offers customisable pieces upon request and also makes every piece of its jewellery in limited quantities only, highlighting the inimitable quality of each piece.
Alternative and unexpected materials are making waves in jewellery trends at the moment. Opportunely, we’re loving these art-focussed jewellery from Indonesian jewellery studio Tsunja Studio.
True to her slow-fashion approach in thoughtfully hand-moulding and assembling its jewellery, designer Jessica Jasmine has only delved to social shopping sites like Etsy and Tictail to merchandise her exclusive accessories. Often using polymer clays and paints to make matte statement pieces we’d gladly trade our diamonds and gems in for, this underrated jewellery label melds together fine art and minimalism.
Grown by the pair Amanda Mitsuri and Ramdhan Muhammad, this Indonesian-based brand is renowned for creating artificial gems using resin and marbling colours; an ingenious play with tactiles that yields a luxurious appeal.
Boasting simple linear forms of popular minimalist jewellery, Massicot uses understated geometric shapes and cuts that come together to create opulent looking pieces which helps the brand stand out from the crowd.
Cream by Val specialises in making jewellery out of sterling silver, brass and copper. All the jewellery pieces are designed and handmade by Val herself at her home studio based in Kuala Lumpur.
Cream by Val offers special intricate keepsake pieces that make for thoughtful gifts to your loved ones with its prolific offering of customisable pendants and wearable trinkets.
Having prior jewellery design training in Great Britain, Belinda Chang is a well-established independant jeweller in Hong Kong who began her career in creating dainty celestial-esque pieces since 2014. She has even co-launched her own contemporary jewellery studio to showcase and promote innovative wearable pieces from other independent jewellers across the world as an effort to distinguish the art form.
Belinda’s own pieces are, per se, timeless and dainty; a physical interpretation of floral motifs in a minimalist design aesthetic. The use of coveted pearls embedded in the most simple of jewellery forms gives a gentle visual experience for the customers that’s both elegant and contemporary.