7 Asian jewellers you shouldn’t miss at Jeweluxe Singapore 2018
Prepare to be dazzled
As much as we're big fans of the world's major jewellery houses like Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chopard, Tiffany & Co, and all, still there's always a part of us that wonders what lies beyond these evergreen stalwarts. The answer, is lots. Independent marques all over the world keep things interesting as they create unique designs that are completely different from those of the great luxury houses.
Granted, we do keep falling head over heels for iconic designs like the Cartier Panthere or the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra, but so does the rest of the world. So what every girl needs are a few precious pieces in her jewellery box that not everybody else is also wearing. And that's why you need to head down to Jeweluxe Singapore 2018.
Back for the second year running, Jeweluxe Singapore 2018 will see 75 different brands this year from 12th to 21st October. Expect everything from eminent jewellery houses and heritage brands like Federico Buccellati to up-and-coming designers and independent watch ateliers like Yuli Fine Jewellery and Konstantin Chaykin. This is your chance to expand your high jewellery repertoire and get to know some new names in the industry.
Split into two editions, the first part will run from 12th to 16th October. Highlights include Icons of America, Japanese Virtuosos, Gem-focused Jewellery Houses, Preloved and Limited Edition Watches, and The Exceptional Part I.
The second edition runs from 17th to 21st October where you'll find Uniquely Europe, Audacious Asia, Independent Watch and Clockmakers, as well as The Exceptional Part II.
Nelson Lee, who's the co-founder of Jeweluxe Singapore and its chief marketing officer, says, "Jeweluxe is an entirely new retail proposition. We curate our brands based on design, craft and rarity. All of the brand founders will be here, you can have a conversation with them to understand their work, their story. A number of these brands do not exhibit in any other shows in Asia."
One brand that Lee has highlighted is Birks of Canada, a retailer since the 1800s with stores all around Toronto. He adds that Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, wears Birks jewellery 80 per cent of the time.
New for 2018 is the Audacious Asia gallery where top jewellers from the region are spotlighted in a museum-like setting. Keep your eyes peeled for these top seven brands who are exhibiting for the very first time.
Sarah Zhuang Jewellery, Hong Kong
Born and raised in a jewellery family, Zhuang is an award-winning jewellery designer with a passion for design and craftsmanship. She attributes her design ethos to the combination of her studies at Gemological Institute of America and Accademia Riaci in Florence
Tomoko Kodera, Japan
The first Japanese female designer to be awarded the HRD Award for her seminal collection Momigara which was inspired by rice husks, Kodera finds ways to incorporate Japanese culture in her creations. Another of her other masterpieces, Obento-Bako, was inspired by the bento box. She also produces commercial jewellery focusing on the curves and flows of individual body parts.
Joon Han, Korea
With a predilection for elegant, one-of-a-kind fine jewellery, Han handpicks exceptional gemstones and pearls with beautiful natural hues, outstanding brilliance, unusual cuts, and interesting shapes. She then designs them in refreshing and interesting ways to create exquisite and timeless statement pieces.
Rare and exquisite gemstones meet masterful craftsmanship in each Caratell jewellery piece. Caratell designs are all about high quality standards and contemporary aesthetics. This Singapore label most recently unveiled a collection of dreamy timepieces named the TEFNUT Sleeping Beauty made in collaboration with independent watchmaking brand, Moritz Grossman.
State Property, Singapore
Paying homage to the 1920s Art Deco movement, this jewellery and industrial designer duo fuses a contemporary approach to design yet leverages upon traditional craftsmanship to create stylish and trend-setting pieces. Art, science, architecture and nature inspire the collections which are traditional yet progressive, audacious but always sophisticated.
Established in 2006, Vihari Jewels offer unique coloured diamonds set into classic designs and also rare white diamond high jewellery creations. These are timeless heirloom pieces that grow in value over time.
A sustainable jewellery brand, Cerimani actively supports the rural communities around Thailand from which their craftsmen come. By providing them with skills recognition, building vocational jewellery schools, and funding sanitation projects, this jewellery marque are ethically crafted with conflict-free gemstones and sustainable precious metals.
Jeweluxe Singapore 2018 runs from 12th to 21st October at the Tent @ Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza