While we would never say no to a Cartier love bracelet or Bvlgari B.Zero1 ring, there is something about discovering and shopping for original designs handcrafted by talented individuals: You can actually meet and speak to the designer and listen to the inspiration behind each piece. To shine a light on local heroes, here's some of Singapore's most captivating jewellery brands and what they're up to next.
Since 2009, Mitsuyasu has been telling stories through her jewellery and it's carefully considered construction. One of her standout signatures is elevating the jewellery clasp from merely a functional element to being an integral part of the concept and design. It was her Shine collection that first made us sit up and take notice: Centred around two angular hearts that form a star when clasped together, it's based on a quote from the designer's father about finding a partner who let's you shine. Awww.
Her latest series for SG50, The Love Seed Collection, draws on the folklore of the saga seed and collecting them for your loved ones. Each piece is designed as a container and carved with foliage like motifs to replicate nature and to house a saga 'love' seed for the wearer.
Shop Yuki Mitsuyasu online or at Takashimaya, Nana & Bird, Inhabit, Tangs and Kapok.
Playfully designed and ingenious in a way a former advertising head honcho would be, Carolyn Kan and her eponymous label Carrie K. has grown from strength to strength since the label's birth in 2009.
Starting out with designs honed from learning silversmithing in Florence, Carrie K has expanded her repertoire quickly, recently launching a bespoke fine jewellery design service to complement her existing silver offerings. One of our favourites from this fine jewellery collection is the series called 'Burglar Ants', which depicts fictional local ants who covet and steal gems rather than sugar. And for those who prefer their jewellery understated, there's the 'Morse Bling' collection — each ring features an alphabet in morse code as marked by diamonds for dots and gold bars for dashes.
On top of designing and growing her brand, Kan also found the time to build and run the concept store Keepers: Singapore Designer Collective.
Shop Carrie K. online, at Keepers, Tangs or Strangelets.
For bespoke consultations, visit Carrie K. Atelier at 136 Bukit Timah Road just off Newton.
Tsura's line of jewellery acts like contemporary talismans, carefully considering the properties of each stone, crystal and symbol used. Drawing on traditional cultures and allegories, wearing Tsura's jewellery makes us feel like modern day tribal goddesses: Strong and gentle, free yet grounded.
Whether it's a collection of Vertabrae (sculptured pieces that resemble bones and fit together to form necklaces) or pieces from the Elemental collection (where the moon and planets take centrestage), each piece is timeless and versatile enough to be worn day and night.
Tsura's next collaboration is a limited edition collection for clothing line, Nao, launching this October.
Shop Tsura online and at Asiatique Collections and Keepers.
Stale & Co Accessories
Neither dainty nor delicate, Stale & Co Accessories stand out for their rugged simplicity and adherence to only using traditional metalsmith techniques to craft their designs. Launched in early 2014 as an accessories line for the modern man, it quickly gained traction with both men and women alike, drawn to the brand's signature cuff bracelets and industrial aesthetic.
Working in brass and silver, each piece is handcrafted and finished by partners Daryl and Stella in their studio located on Joo Chiat Road, with subtle differences elevating each form. Currently working on new designs to add to their existing range, Stale & Co are also launching an exclusive design range with multi-brand store Kapok on 22 August 2015. Stay tuned.
Shop Stale & Co online or at Threadbare and Squirrel, Kapok, and The Assembly Store.
In 2012, Joanne Low turned her hobby into a namesake jewellery line and Joanne L. was born. Balancing her time as a full time mother of three along with design duties, Joanne L. works predominantly with precious gemstones, set in silver and gold. Designing every piece with a creative and strong woman in mind makes for jewellery that is both bold and elegant.
Joanne L.'s latest Asian Heritage collection is a good testament to the brand's aesthetic and a desire for the designer to return to her roots. The towering rings in this collection are geometric wonders that reference modern Singaporean architecture. A men's line will also be unveiled soon.