Be it vintage apparel, historical cafés or heritage jewellers, there’s always something so fascinating about brands that take us back to the days of yore. Despite the passing fads and fancies that dominate this era of social media — where everyone is constantly on the lookout for what’s new and trending — these establishments have remained steadfast to their signature style.
Even in Singapore, a young nation at only 51 years old, we have a number of old-school local jewellers dating back to as early as 1919. Offering timeless designs that are as (or even more) elegant than their younger counterparts’, these 5 iconic labels are testament to the saying “old is gold”.
Founded in 1976, this homegrown jeweller specialises in Peranakan-inspired designs. Many of its jewels are fashioned in gold and festooned with gemstones such as diamonds, pink sapphires and emeralds. Foundation Jewellers’ creations have even been favoured by famous names the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, who received one of its diamond brooches as a gift from Singapore President Tony Tan in 2012, and has been spotted wearing it on multiple occasions.
Foundation Jewellers, 11 Cavenagh Road, #01-03/04/05, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, Singapore 229616, +65 6732 6141 / 6738 3151, foundationjewellers.com
Opened in 1919, Weng Cheong is one of the oldest goldsmith and jewellery companies in Singapore. It is known for its diamond, jade and gold jewellery, which range from dainty bangles to chunky rings and elegant necklaces. Standout designs include a 6.25-carat blue sapphire ring with marquise diamonds, a lustrous 1.34-carat emerald pendant framed with round diamonds, and delicate flower-shaped earrings mounted with diamonds and 50 pink sapphires.
Weng Cheong, 198 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058747, +65 6223 0161/ 0162, www.wengcheong.sg
It’s all about diamonds at Facets Singapore, which is a jeweller and wholesaler of the coveted sparklers. The homegrown brand was launched in 1980 and boasts an extensive range of diamonds in various cuts and sizes. It also offers bespoke services, so customers can choose their desired stones and designs for their engagement rings, wedding bands and accessories. Facets also runs “I am brilliant, too”, an incubator for local jewellery designers, who are roped in to create the custom-made jewels.
Facets Singapore, 545 Orchard Road, Far East Shopping Centre, #11-05, Singapore 238882, +65 6235 1724, facetsingapore.com
A veteran in the local jewellery scene with some 80 years of experience, On Cheong is famed for its wide variety of exquisite jade jewellery. Its highlights include green jade rings, an opulent pink sapphire necklace with lavender jadeite, and dangling earrings bedecked with diamonds and white jade. The jeweller also offers designs with other gemstones such as rubies, pearls and emeralds.
On Cheong, 251 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058800, +65 6223 4788, oncheong.com
Into its 16th anniversary this year, Yuli Inc isn’t exactly old-school. But it’s certainly an iconic name in the local jewellery scene, thanks to its lavish designs encrusted with scintillating diamonds and dazzling gems the likes of morganites, rubies, tourmalines and spinels. The jeweller also retails bold, statement pieces by Lebanese label Zorab.
Yuli Inc – Fine Jewellery, 390 Orchard Road, #01-08 Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871, +65 6732 9648, www.yuli.com.sg