5 up-and-coming jewellery labels to keep an eye on
New brands on the block
It's safe to say there's been an upswing in the jewellery market as of late, what with fresh, young brands popping out of the woodwork to herald a new flood of modern creations that appeal to the millennial tastes. Forged from passion, imagination and a solid social media backing, these up-and-coming designers are the new labels to be sporting, especially if you're of the school of thought that what you wear is a form of self-expression unique to an individual.
Between contemporary minimalism and avant-garde silhouettes to distinctive stones and cuts, we've round up five new names making their mark in the industry for your perusal — and all without having to leave the comfort of your home.
1. SIWA BAKIM
Headed by a husband-and-wife duo based in New York City, Siwa Bakim is an amalgamation of not only the designers' names but also their creative forces. With an extensive CV that includes the likes of Tiffany & Co., Swarovski, Harry Winston and Tory Burch between them both, it was only a matter of time before they launched their own label. Debuting in 2015, the designer couple's brainchild boasts ultra-modern pieces that evoke the look and feel of kinetic art and objects, replete with hidden hinges for a unique mobility and tactility. Sleek, eye-catching and fun; net yourself signature pieces such as the Puzzle necklace and Luna ring.
Instagram junkies might find this label familiar — in fact, you may have already drooled over fashion influencer Jess Hannah's #OOTDs a time or two. Originally a graphic designer before delving into her passion full-time, the eponymous brand is steeped with elements of Hannah's design background, inspired by and fused with her love for vintage jewellery. A contemporary classic, J.Hannah creations are predominantly fabricated in gold with clean lines that moulds to its wearer to sit perfectly against the skin, whether it's a knuckle-ring, necklace or bracelet.
If it's fine jewellery with a sculptural kink you're looking for, Faris is the perfect label to add into your collection. What started as an experiment in architectural accessories three years ago by designer Faris Du Graf in her basement, this stylistic leap of faith has grown to endear itself to an international audience with its bold-but-balanced aesthetic. Featuring geometrical designs from fringed metal earrings to textured link bangles, each Faris creation is meticulously handmade using precious materials such as gold and silver, and pearls and gemstones.
4. LUCY AND MUI
Give it up for 'Support Local' because Lucy and Mui is a homegrown brand that's carving out a name for itself with their subtle, feminine jewellery — spotted even on actresses such as Lea Michele and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. Exclusively handcrafted in Singapore, this local label has established a presence and following with their commitment to excellent quality and ethical practices, sourcing only conflict-free diamonds for their pieces. With a focus on embracing simplicity, expect polished and modern minimalism with rings, bracelets and necklaces that can be layered or stacked to each wearer's personal style.
5. OLIVIA KANE
Calling out to the inner child in all of us, Olivia Kane has repurposed the wildly popular mood rings from our youth into refined jewellery pieces that'll fit right in with our grown-up wardrobes. Captivating with a touch of nostalgia, every delicate piece in the array of rings and necklaces carry a heat-sensitive stone with that coveted shade-changing capability that matches your mood. Fashioned with a variety of unique metal settings and cuts, this collection of colour shifting semi-precious stones is one you'll want to wear a complete ensemble of.
- Image: lucyandmui.com, siwabakim.com
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