You can dress yourself from head to toe and plant your feet in the perfect shoes, but your look is never fully complete without an accessory or two (…or for me, ten!) to bring it all together. So after much research, we have rounded up the master list of local Hong Kong talent that wants nothing more than to make sure you are accessorized to perfection!
Whether you choose to adorn yourself with one luxurious piece or stack yourself up like a Christmas tree, we have all the names, sites and shops to get the job done! So here’s our round-up of the Best Independent Jewellery Designers in Hong Kong… grab your wallet and your wishlist, as you are about to enter the Jewellery Zone!
$ – Under $1000
$$ – $1000-3000
$$$$ – $7000+
Bejwelled Bespoke $-$$
When Bejewelled Bespoke designer and Sassy That Girl Tricia “The Bull” Yap isn’t out beating someone to a pulp (she’s a fight night champ!) or making us sweat in a Bikini Fit workout sesh, she’s busy designing this gorgeous and girly jewellery line, which has been featured in the likes of Elle and Cosmo! We love her large statement necklaces adorned with vintage brooches, as well as her dainty lace and floral pieces, and chunky neon shell numbers Buy from her Etsy store or catch Trish at markets and bazaars around town – keep track via her Facebook Page here.
Another of our former That Girls, the uber stylish Paola Sinisterra has created the most cheerful line of colourful baubles to brighten up any ensemble. All of the necklaces are made by hand and come in a wide range of colours; you’ll be amazed by how often you pull out their BonBons to spruce up your basic jeans and tee! Get ready for their first store opening in Tsim Sha Tsui’s K11 mall in October or check out the jewellery at The9thMuse – now if only someone could teach us how to rock a turban like Paola…! Top photo shows Tangram jewellery.
Earthy, artsy, and elegant are just a few of the words used to describe niin. Designed by the equally gorgeous Jeanine Hsu, these are the perfect embellishments to add to your beach vacation evening outfit! Materials used include stones, shells and wood to make creations that are both naturally beautiful and environmentally sustainable or recycled; Jeanine is also committed to supporting small family-run businesses to help produce her goods. Check out their full list of stockists here.
If you are looking something that will sparkle now and for generations to come, then check out AS29 by Belgian-born designer Audrey Savransky, who now resides in the 852. You may have seen these gems splashed about the pages of Vogue and Tatler or adorning the likes of Sienna Miller and Rachel Zoe – these super stylish pieces aim to impress! Snag yourself a splurge on the online store or at the Rue Madame boutique in IFC.
The blogger crowd can’t seem to get enough of the Barnett sisters’ über cool creations. Featuring skulls, spikes, stones, chains and tassels, these babies are sure to cause a stir – I get stopped every time I wear my dip-dye tassel necklace! We can’t wait to try some pieces from their new collection… judging by the sneak peeks on their blog, it is sure to be fab.
Amelie Jewelry $$
Hong Kong designer Bryan C. has spent over ten years in the jewellery biz and clearly knows what us trendy ladies in the Kong are looking for! His creations marry the woven bracelet trend with tribal hints to create eclectic pieces that will surely elevate your basics to of-the-moment looks.
L’Dezen Jewellery $$$$
Founded by our former That Girl Payal Shah, these stunning sliced diamonds are like nothing you have ever seen! The thin slivers of stones catch the light in every direction and are available in a myriad of colours and styles. We love the big cocktail rings for a special night on the town, as well as the single slice earrings surrounded by a stream of diamonds, which would make a gorgeous gift for… ummm… yourself! Keep up to date with their upcoming jewellery fairs and events here.
These intricate Indian-inspired pieces created by Hong Kong designer Megha Jain are bound to cause a stir whenever you wear them, so be prepared to dish on the designer and her wares – and her goods are now available at ifc’s Lane Crawford and On Pedder too! Check out our full article on Taara here.
Susanna Valerio $-$$
Susanna and her daughter Emanuela started this line after they realised that eco-chic pieces for any occasion were needed! The materials used in their collection are comprised from discarded shells from restaurants and recycled wood, and are they’re the very epitome of chunky-chic. Be sure to snag the matching clutch to set against those fab bangles you are about to order! Make an appointment at their Jervois Street showroom or see their list of stockists here.
Don’t like dainty danglers? Then stop by Dearbell’s new store on Aberdeen Street for something that dares to be different! The quirky necklaces here are all handmade and many can be worn in a variety of ways, with large and in-charge charms ranging from fuzzy stuffed animals (hi Gizmo from Gremlins!) to perfume bottles filled with your fave luxe scents. Be sure to check out the small tray of vintage finds in the back of the store too!
If you love stacking necklaces and making a statement then ding, you have just found your new favourite jewellery line! Bayila is a HK-based designer who focuses on pieces that are destined to impress; her intricate necklaces are made with Swarovski rhinestones and pair perfectly with bridal gowns and t-shirts alike. All items are made to order, so allow for two to three weeks from ordering to owning!
Melville Fine Jewellery $$$$
Goldsmith and designer Nathalie Melville shapes fine stones and 18ct gold into astonishing creations, which are all Fair Trade, Fairmined and conform to the highest international ethical standards. Commissions are also welcome, so if you are in search of an engagement ring or something for a special occasion, look no further.
Carmen Chan $$
Carmen Chan’s necklaces are filled with beads and feathers and are begging to be worn at a summer beach fiesta; however, our favourite pieces are her rings that spell out “live life” and “feel love”. It’s like having a beautiful inspirational tattoo without the life-long commitment!
Mutt Museum $$
Fancy some jewellery that’s one part woodshop-project and one part Nightmare Before Christmas? Then check out Mutt Museum for some of the coolest and creepiest little stunners your neck has ever donned! There are rings shaped like vertebrae, tiny skeletons that dance like string puppets and more discreet geometric etched-wood creations that will certainly up the ante in your jewellery box! Look out for their wares at markets and fairs across town or at their showroom in Kowloon Tong.
Real gold and real stones are the name of the game with eight5two. Local designer, Louise Sunter, arrived in Hong Kong around six years ago and set about creating a collection of jewels inspired by her new environment. Shop online or follow eight5two on Facebook to keep with their latest pop-up shops and fair appearances!
If you’re into silver stunners, then Ivan Leung’s handcrafted pieces are made for you! We particularly love his adorable animal-shaped charm pendants and Asian inspired designs (we spy a Peking duck!), whilst you can also ask Ivan to totally custom-create a design especially for you – great gift idea alert! Buy via his online store or Etsy shop, or check out the list of physical stockists here.
Little Nutter by Nutcase Fashion $
A favourite of local celebs and bloggers, more is more with Little Nutter – with chains, charms and embellishments galore! Don’t be afraid to add to your arm party, as there is loads to choose from (we’re particularly loving all that neon!). Plus, with prices starting from $40, you can accessorize without agonising about how much you are spending!
Little Clouds $
Need the perfect memento from your time in HK? How about an “LKF” necklace or one with a little red taxi dangling from it?! Or perhaps a “CWB”, “+852”, Star Ferry or dim sum option instead? Little Cloud’s necklaces are quite cartoony but make for great conversation pieces – so be prepared to stop on every street for passers-by who want the scoop on your funky finds!
Boho Betty $
Bracelets, bracelets, and more bracelets! Remember the days of matching friendship bracelets? Well baby, they are back and Boho Betty is your one-stop-shop for ‘em! Share your love with your besties by buying multiples and giving them out to anyone and everyone you appreciate – from chic leather to sparkly gemstones or classic pearls. Prices are around $120 a pop, so feel free to make even more friends to share your bracelet love; check out our full article on Boho Betty here.
Tai Tai Follies $
These cute little bracelets make for perfect gifts – designs include lucky horseshoes, military tags or even Chinese characters (everyone needs a little Double Happiness in their lives, right?!), strung onto different coloured cords. You can even get the charms engraved and personalised especially for your chosen nearest and dearest! Buy online or check Facebook for their latest physical sales.
UUendy Lau $
In a whimsical mood? Then check out local designer UU’s unique wares – including origami crane necklaces and wrap-around llama bracelets, made using recycled leather from handbag factories. Buy online or check them out at their physical stockists in Hong Kong here.
Diaz Jewelry $$
Founded by self-taught silversmith and designer Takashi Sol Fuchigami and his wife and creative director Salina Khan Fuchigami, Diaz Jewelry is all about contemporary, abstract and eye-catching silver pieces. Inspired by Mother Nature and utilising ethical and sustainable materials, you can shop their goods on their online store or at one of their physical stockists.
Designer Marielle Byworth landed in Hong Kong from Switzerland via Tokyo and is making quite a splash on the jewellery scene in all three places! Her creations, which have been spotted on the arms of celebs like Madonna, feature organic shapes with unusual combinations like leather and stones, rubies and wood, and vinyl with diamonds! Pieces are made in either Hong Kong or Switzerland and can also be custom-ordered.
Raaga Chic $-$$
In need of some statement earrings to take your simple little dress to the next level of wardrobe wonder? Then pop on a pair by Raaga Chic! In addition to their Etsy store, Raaga Chic can often be spotted at fairs and pop-ups all over town, so keep your eyes peeled.
Blancheur Workshop $
Hong Kong based designer Amy Wong creates cute pieces carved from wood and imprinted with darling designs, from tiny animals to cherries and everything in-between! Blancheur Workshop’s charming pieces are made from basswood and then hand-painted by Wong herself, making them the perfect gift for all your boho girlfriends. Purchase from her online store, her Etsy shop or in-person at a fair near you (get the deets via her Facebook Page).
Katherine Leung $-$$
What’s a cocktail party without a cocktail ring? And besides, champers looks so much more fab with a ridiculous rock wrapped around your finger! We love Katharine Leung’s “Signature” ring series featuring large glass stones in every colour you could possible crave, whilst her feather earrings will add just the right touch of boho-chic to any outfit! Stay up to date with fairs and bazaars Katherine will have a stall at via her Facebook Page.
Cung Yung $
Are you a girlie girl? Then you may just fall in love with Cung Yung’s designs, created by local jewellery designer Clover Lau. Think romantic flowers, pretty pearls and beautiful beads on rings, earrings and hairpieces and you’re there! Our fave pieces, though, are Clover’s more Asian-inspired designs, featuring Chinese knots, porcelain beads, and rings with vintage portraits of girls wearing cheongsams!
Hungry for more independent Hong Kong jewellery designers? Check out the following places for yet more locally-designed accessory inspiration:
• Popmart www.popmart.com.hk
• Zao Zao www.shopzaozao.com
• HKID Gallery stores www.facebook.com/HKIDgallery
• Hong Kong Design Gallery stores www.hkdesigngallery.hktdc.com
• Etsy www.etsy.com (and get tips from our Etsy Shopping Guide here!)
• Novelty Lane www.noveltylane.com
• …And stalls at Island East Markets or Handmade Hong Kong
So now that we have your jewellery box all sorted, your wishlist made out and your gifts all lined up, we are off to go shopping ourselves! Be it online or in-store, we hope you have found a new brand or two to polish off your look. To accessories… and beyond!