Singapore may be a little red dot but we’re pretty big when it comes to entrepreneurial and savvy-minded homegrown businesses. From women making it on their own, to interesting cafes that give back, Singaporeans have proven themselves time and again to be forward-thinking, innovative and creative.
So it should come as no surprise that we have our very own burgeoning jewellery scene carving out their own niche — be it in scintillating diamond rings, bespoke pieces or intricate designs bedecked with jade and gemstones. Ranging from older, more established labels to young upstarts with their own unique vision, all have something beautiful to bring to the table.
In recognition of our homegrown talent, we have sussed out five jewellers that are worth checking out. Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring for that special someone, or simply a versatile piece that can take you from day-to-night, you certainly won’t be disappointed.
The mention of jade typically calls to mind those old-fashioned, clunky green bangles favoured by grandmothers and mahjong-playing aunties.
But jewellery designer Choo Yilin, who started her eponymous label in 2009, smashes this stereotype with her chic and contemporary necklaces, rings, earrings and bangles crafted in Type A Burmese jade and adorned with semi-precious gemstones and intricate metalwork. The brand also does bespoke pieces for weddings and special events and in July, will open a new flagship store at the Mandarin Gallery.
Choo Yilin, 331 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427587, +65 6348 1010, chooyilin.com
Started in 2009 by Carolyn Kan, a former managing director of an advertising firm, Carrie K. is one of Singapore’s most successful local jewellery labels.
It offers an eclectic range of jewellery designs: There’s the Morse Bling range, which features letters in morse code fashioned in diamond dots and dashes, and Reborn — a collection of arm and ear cuffs inspired by everyday objects such as nuts and bolts. The label has gone global over the years and is stocked at stores in Japan, Italy, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and the US, and has a very special collaboration coming up with Disney very soon.
Carrie K., National Design Centre, #02-03, 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969, +65 6352 2559, www.carriekrocks.com
This one-year-old outfit by radio presenter Maddy Barber and gemologist Emily Tan is dedicated to bespoke jewellery incorporated with colourful gemstones such as Burmese spinels, Sri Lankan sapphires and Namibian tourmalines.
The label also stocks some ready-to-wear pieces and offers a service for customers to restyle heirloom and vintage jewellery. Some of Madly’s striking designs include an emerald and diamond ring, spinel earrings framed by diamonds, and a colourful custom-made ring dressed in 18k gold and festooned with aquamarine, sapphires, tourmaline and diamonds.
Madly Gems, 76 Guan Chuan Street, #01-10, Singapore 160076, www.madlygems.com
When she’s not busy running her clinic Drs. Chua & Partners with her husband, medical doctor Iroshini Chua indulges her love for glittering gemstones by designing jewellery for her namesake brand. Spanning bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings and bangles, her creations are classic and elegant.
Highlights include stunning blue topaz earrings, a pair of chandelier earrings with diamonds and dangling blue sapphires, and customisable rings shaped to resemble alphabet letters of the wearer’s choice.
Founded in 2009, JannPaul specialises in diamond rings and offers a wide range of diamond cuts such as Solasfera, Cushion Brellia and Super Ideal Cut. Noteworthy designs include an 18k white gold ring mounted with five Super Ideal Cut diamonds (weighing 2.40 carats in total) of VS2 clarity. Luxurious and beautiful, it’s the perfect ring for a memorable proposal.
JannPaul also does custom designs and has created jewellery inspired by films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and television series Game of Thrones.
JannPaul, 545 Orchard Road, Far East Shopping Centre, #01-23, Singapore 238882, www.facebook.com/JannPaulDiamonds