Jewellery is designed as a form of self-expression. You see it in various forms and shapes, on people of different looks and styles. The assumption? That they are made and designed abroad. While that could very well be the case, Malaysian jewellery brands have been on the rise of late so that bit of sparkle you spy hanging off someone’s neck might just be made in Malaysia.
Indeed, thanks to fashionistas local and international as well as jewellery designers on Instagram, the demand for luxurious necklaces, bracelets and earrings has never been greater. Where there’s demand, there will be supply and with it comes a growing pool of designers who are creatively and successfully paving Malaysia’s name in the fashion and jewellery industry.
These designers are stepping up their game by releasing exclusively designed rings, necklaces and bracelets made with various materials from their headquarters. Many of them sport distinct aesthetics, from the thin, clean lines for The Straits Finery to the ones that sport generously sized gem stones. Could any of these designers one day have a store right on Fifth Avenue, standing shoulder to shoulder with global brands like Cartier and Tiffany & Co? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, here are five Malaysian jewellery brands to keep an eye out for now.
One look at her jewellery designs, especially this particular one and you would think “this can’t be local, right?” — but that’s not true. Amee Philips, born and raised in Penang, has come a long way since opening her store in Penang at 1993. Her expertise with gemstones has not gone unnoticed as she has bagged a couple of awards for her work, including the Malaysia Canada Business Council Master Artisan Award.
Visit the website at Amee Philips
Founders and best friends Amira and Chern who met on a small island along the Straits of Malacca started this brand with the aim of creating delicate fine jewellery. They’ve always watched their mothers style themselves with pieces passed down from generation to generation; hence becoming the main inspiration for the brand. The Straits Finery uses precious metals meant to last for generations — chief among them being 14-karat gold.
Visit the website at The Straits Finery
It’s been more than a decade since Malaysian-born Simone Ng started her jewellery line and she shows no signs of slowing down. She grew up surrounded by her family of jewellers, which ignited her passion and love for jewellery. Simone Jewels is based in Singapore but is also available in Malaysia, Dubai, Macau, and Bangkok. Her handcrafted, one-of-a-kind transformable jewellery is what kept the world on her tail to see what’s coming up.
Visit the website at Simone Jewels
Each jewellery piece you see on the website is specially designed and handcrafted by the KL-born founder, Sue Ling — making them exclusive and one of a kind. Metals and gems are used extensively in her line of rings, necklaces and earrings. Sue Ling Jewelry is based in Singapore but is welcome for orders on her Facebook page.
Visit the website at Sue Ling Jewelry
Durrah Jewelry may be founded in London, but Malaysian-born Durrah Khalil spent her childhood days where she learn to love jewellery in Kuala Lumpur. With experience under big jewellery houses such as Tiffany & Co. under her belt, her line features combined elements of Asian and European culture.
Visit the website at Durrah Jewelry