With a rich silversmith tradition and a level of craft that has been duteously honed since the late 14th century, its no wonder that Bali is home to many jewellery brands. While most focus solely on silver, traditional Balinese designs and the use of Indonesia's distinctive granulation method, there is a new school of jewellery labels popping up. Helmed by hip locally based designers, they focus on contemporary pieces that work well on a tropical holiday destination like Bali and in your regular urban jungle.
The wordsmith: Just For The Money
It's hard to make a decision on getting just one piece of Just For The Money's jewellery because you'll definitely want a few of their cheeky one liners that are inscribed on necklaces, cuffs and body chains. Available in options of brass, copper, silver or gold, phrases like "Hello is it me you're looking for", "No lie in her fire" or "Inhale the goodshit, exhale the bullshit" are just some of the two-year old brand's bestsellers. Producing a new women's collection every six months and a men's annually, designer Ongga Pratama has found the best way to combine her love of jewellery with her passion for poems, lyrics and punch-lines. Every piece handcrafted by Pratama, Just For The Money is the kind of jewellery that boldy does the speaking for you.
Fun fact: Ongga isn't just content on making jewellery. She is also also the designer behind a label specialising in leather backpacks called Dirtbags.
Just For The Money is available online soon and at The Offering, Jl Batu Bolong Canggu, Badung Kuta Utara Bali 80361, Indonesia +62 812-3612-0028
The beauty of opposites: Tulola
Tulola is a brand that has managed to draw beautifully on the tension of opposites. The pieces are steeped in Bali's cultural heritage yet incredibly modern and soft yet alluring. This unique juxtaposition stems from the partnership between Tulola's brands owners, Sri Luce Rusna and Happy Salma — two very different women who bring their contrasting backgrounds and interests to the mix. Expertly crafted and priced affordably for the level of detail involved, pick from the collections' range of more literal Balinese iconography and subtle organic forms to the Roman-inspired cuffs, armour rings and geometric formations. Their store on the corner of Jalan Petitenget in Seminyak is a warm welcome to the brand's intricate creations designed to be worn from head-to-toe.
Tulola, Jl Petitenget No. 9 Kerobokan Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia, +62 812-3859-524
Serious bling: Jemme Jewellery
For more opulent stones and serious gemstones, there is only one place to head to on the island — Jemme. Offering an eclectic selection from classic settings to more elaborate cocktail pieces, these are options you're mostly likely to see at one of Indonesia's society balls. Their exclusive boutique along Jalan Raya Petitenget holds a wide array of options for you to browse and when you're done, you can pop next door to their dining room to celebrate your purchase.
Jemme, Jalan Petitenget No. 28, Seminyak, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, +623614732392
Strings of life: Jewel Rocks
Taking the friendship band to ornate new heights, Jewel Rocks bracelets and necklaces are fun, free-spirited and whimsical. Woven threads that combine everything from crystals, bones, wood, seed, leather and acrylics, these are trinklets you'll want to collect as mementos and wear layer upon layer.
Jewel Rocks pieces make great gifts, an easy way to bring back a little treasure and as a memory of your adventures. From hippy themes of smiley faces and peace signs to sacred geometry and tribal themes, these bracelets carry the bonds of friendship.
Jewel Rocks, Jalan Petitenget No.1 A, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361, Indonesia, +62 361 4731615
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