Shopping for an engagement ring in Hong Kong? These jewellers and diamond boutiques are solid as a rock.
As a symbol of everlasting love, an engagement ring is the one accessory you or your beloved will wear every day for the rest of your lives, so it’s important to get it right. However, we know that’s easier said than done – especially when most of us have very little experience in shopping for expensive jewels. It’s a good job then that Hong Kong is home to a wide range of engagement ring boutiques, all packed to the brim with vast collections of bling for you to choose from, alongside helpful and informative jewellery experts to guide you every step of the way. Here’s a list of our favourites. Happy ring hunting!
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Ryder Diamonds is Hong Kong’s leading personalised diamond shopping experience, headed by the city’s most prominent female diamond expert Sally Ryder. Boasting a chic and savvy clientele, Ryder is an exclusive experience for those who wish to be in the know when it comes to fine jewellery. A bespoke design house offering excellence in craftsmanship, Ryder is the place to go for a beautiful engagement ring that’s every bit as personal as it is unique. Clients can look forward to a classic boutique environment in which they will receive expert advice on everything there is to know about buying a diamond, including how to get the best value for money!
Sassy Perk: Sassy readers can get 10% off the Ryder Collection up to the value of $5,000 from now until Tuesday, 24 December 2019.
Ryder Diamonds, 9/F Kimley Commercial Building, 142-146 Queens Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 5639 7108, www.ryderdiamonds.com
Struggling to find the perfect engagement ring? We recommend going bespoke with Niya K – a Hong Kong-based jewellery brand specialising in custom engagement rings and other diamond jewellery at spectacular prices! Along with personal consultations for each client (from which you’ll receive a number of proposals based on your design preferences), founder Niyati will be on hand throughout the entire creation process to ensure you end up with an engagement ring you truly love. Make sure to also check out the website, which features a handy “Buying a Diamond” section to help you find your perfect jewel based on shape, colour, clarity and size. In a rush to pop the question? Good news! Niya K has been known to meet some very tight deadlines, and has never yet missed a delivery date!
Diamonds are forever, making them the perfect jewel with which to commemorate your everlasting love. But how can you make sure you’re getting the best bling for your buck? Enter The Diamond Registry, Hong Kong’s premier supplier of diamonds since 1961. Highly respected in the industry, The Diamond Registry prides itself on selling the prized rocks at wholesale prices, straight to the public. That’s right, no more middle-men, and no more extortionate mark-ups! Simply head online or in-store (by appointment) to browse the full range of GIA-certified diamonds, before working with the brand’s team of expert designers to create the engagement ring of your dreams. The whole buying process is carried out with complete transparency, and free advice and guidance is available at every step of the way. Coupled with the value for money that The Diamond Registry offers, it’s no wonder that it is a go-to supplier for many jewellers across the globe, including New York and Hollywood!
The Diamond Registry, 6/F, Eubank Plaza, 9 Chiu Lung Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2116 5311, [email protected], www.diamondregistry.com, www.facebook.com/DiamondRegistry, www.instagram.com/diamondregistry
As much as we love all things shiny, the environmental cost of traditional diamond mining practices leave a lot to be desired. Thankfully, The Diamond Library’s selection of lab-grown rocks means we no longer have to choose between sustainability and our dream diamond engagement ring. Displaying all the brilliance of a mined diamond, yet none of the conflict (or extortionate pricing!), the brand’s designs are crafted by skilled artisans, all of whom have a minimum of 10 to 15 years experience. Don’t know where to begin? No problem. The Diamond Library’s expert concierge team is on hand to help you through the whole process. The brand also hosts regular educational seminars, which will have you up to speed on the allure of lab-grown diamonds in no time.
Sassy Perk: Get a 10% discount on all setting charges from now until Friday, 28 February 2020 when you make use of The Diamond Library’s concierge services.
The Diamond Library, 601/C, 6/F, Harbour Centre Tower 6, 8 Hok Cheung Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 5664 1228, [email protected], www.thediamondlibrary.com, www.facebook.com/TheDiamondLibrary, www.instagram.com/thediamondlibrary
Looking for the perfect diamond? The 5th C has got you covered. Founder Jessica Cu has spent the past two decades working in the diamond and jewellery manufacturing industry, giving her access to the best possible stones at every budget. The brand is partnered with Israel’s top diamond cutter, resulting in a collection of hard-to-find shapes and sizes, all with exceptional clarity! What’s more, unlike online retailers, the stones are available on hand in the showroom for clients to browse in-person. Jessica, who specialises in bespoke jewellery, understands that buying an engagement ring is an important, exciting and ever-lasting decision, so she’s made it her mission to personally guide you through the entire process. With technical know-how, she can explain all the ins and outs of picking the perfect diamond, making it as clear cut as possible, and providing an intimate, heartfelt experience you’ll always remember.
A diamond is a symbol of love, loyalty and a long future of happiness, which is why only the best will do when it comes to buying your engagement ring. That’s where Bee’s Diamonds comes in. Winner of the 2019 Sassy Reader Awards for Best Jewellery Brand, it’s not hard to see why you picked this bespoke jeweller as the best in Hong Kong. Whilst other dealers source their diamonds from the open market, Bee’s buys and stores its own to ensure it only provides the purest, rarest rocks. As such, clients can look forward to grade-defying clarity that goes beyond even GIA standards. What’s more, the service at Bee’s is renowned for being second to none – consultants have been known to fly to their overseas clients in Singapore and the South East for private appointments! Talk about being a cut above the rest.
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With an eye for the unusual, TAYMA Fine Jewellery delights with its contemporary elegant pieces that are designed with the modern woman in mind. Drawing inspiration from the jewel itself, TAYMA stands out from the crowd with its selection of coloured gemstone engagement rings which offer a tasteful twist on tradition. Of course, the brand also offers variations on the customary diamond bling, alongside wedding bands, eternity rings and set collections for everyday wear. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? We recommend consulting with Tayma herself directly for a bespoke engagement ring option.
Sassy Perk: Exclusive to Sassy readers, TAYMA is offering complimentary design services (including drawing and wax moulding), in addition to 10% off the existing handmade collection and 10% off in-house loose gemstones. Valid from now until December 2020.
TAYMA Fine Jewellery, Flat 9D, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’ Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 5280, [email protected], www.taymafinejewellery.com, www.facebook.com/taymafinejewellery, www.instagram.com/taymafinejewellery
With a long list of satisfied repeat customers to its name, you know you’re going to be in good hands when you opt for Haywards. As one of the city’s original bespoke diamond jewellers, this father-son company is well-versed in guiding confused (and often indecisive) buyers through the engagement ring buying process, offering expert advice and cementing personal relationships with clients along the way. Combining traditional jewellery craftsmanship with the latest digital techniques, Haywards uses 3D CAD and CGI video to create accurate design mock-ups before you bite the bullet. From designing initial sketches to stone selection and finishing touches, the process is truly bespoke each and every step of the way. Looking for something that extra bit special? The team pride themselves on their ability to source exclusive rare stones. And for those wanting to transform an old family heirloom, it’s worth mentioning that Haywards are a Hong Kong go-to for reconstruction services.
Sassy Perk: Get 10% off Haywards’ upcoming Christmas collection (launching November 2019).
Haywards, Room 904, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2545 4400, www.haywards.com.hk,
Prioritising knowledge and transparency above all else, Vivaz Luxury, founded by Sunaina Chand, is an innovative diamond consultancy service that works together with diamond site holders and highly-experienced designers to bring you an engagement ring you’ll love for years to come. Specialising in natural solitaire rings for him and her, alongside a collection of contemporary-inspired fine diamond jewellery, Vivaz Luxury is perfect for the modern bride or groom-to-be. When it comes to buying a forever rock, we especially love how Sunaina and her team take the time to guide clients to make an informed choice, while ensuring them their investment is secure and above board, with all the correct documentation. Overall, by combining style and substance, Vivaz Luxury works to take you on a journey beyond the 4Cs in order to get you the best and most beautiful engagement ring possible.
Vivaz Luxury, 3188 8078, www.vivazluxury.com
HN Jewelry doesn’t just sell jewellery – it makes it! Terence Lee is the third generation of HN Jewelry, taking over from his dad and grandad before him to bring us over 50 years of combined fine jewellery experience. The jeweller has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1968, when Terence’s father opened his first workshop on Gough Street in Central. Now with a prominent Queen’s Road workshop meets showroom to its name, HN Jewelry has become a one-stop location for made-to-order handmade pieces crafted from the highest quality D to F colour, VS clarity diamonds and gemstones. This personalised yellow gold marquise diamond ring is one of our favourites from the collection. Check out HN Jewelry’s Instagram for more!
Sassy favourite, Aliya Fine Jewellery, has become our top choice when it comes to contemporary fine jewellery pieces for everyday wear, but did you know that the brand also offers a bespoke service? From the idea, to the style, choice of metals, diamonds and the final production, you will be 100% involved in the entire process of creating your dream engagement ring. And if you have an old piece of jewellery that you want to refresh, the Aliya team has extensive experience in redesigning and modernising older pieces too!
You may know Christie’s as the global auction pioneer, but it’s also a really great resource for one-of-a-kind vintage bling! With over 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy. The Hong Kong jewel auctions take place in May and November, so plan ahead to make sure you get your hands on the jewels of your choice. You can also contact one of the jewellery private sales team members, who’ll be able to connect you with an international network of sellers. Going once, going twice…
Christie’s, 22/F, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2760 1766, www.christies.com
Founded in 1990 by Laju Daswani (or Didi as she’s known to her friends), Didi’s Jewellery is dedicated to providing clients with an intimate and personalised engagement ring-buying experience. Seriously, a consultation with Didi feels just like sitting down with a girlfriend for a couple of drinks! The brand prides itself on catering to a variety of styles, from antique to contemporary and Indian bridal. What’s more, each of Didi’s exclusive designs are the work of an internationally-respected team of designers, so you can rest assured you’re getting only the best.
Falconer is one of the oldest and most trusted jewellers in Hong Kong (since 1855!), and while it started out making watches and chronometers, it has evolved over the years to handle diamonds, pearls and coloured gemstones. All the iconic pieces are meticulously handcrafted, and the exquisite craftsmanship shines through in each creation. If diamonds are your thing, make sure to check out the signature Ashoka diamond ring. Bling bling indeed!
If simple, sleek and chic is more your style, then it’s worth paying a visit to I-Primo. Touting itself as Japan’s number one wedding ring specialty brand, I-Primo offers subtle delicate designs that are the very epitome of elegance. Each engagement ring in the collection is named after a star or a zodiac sign, and some even have design concept stories behind them. Because you’ll be wearing this ring every day of your life, I-Primo makes sure that each ring goes through a special polishing process to soften the inside edges. Remember to make a reservation online or by phone beforehand, so you don’t have to wait to be served during peak hours.
With over 50 years of experience under its belt, Larry Jewelry is one of the great sages of Hong Kong jewellery. The brand has collected many awards from respected industry institutions (including De Beers!) over the years. Larry Jewelry’s premium collection is the perfect accompaniment to the treasured “I do”. Look out for the brand’s range of Hong Kong exclusive jewellery collections in addition to its special bridal selection. The styles dabble with adventurous yellow diamonds alongside more traditional style pieces.
Founded by Nathalie Melville, a graduate from the world-renowned art and design college Central Saint Martin’s, Nathalie blends innovation with a commitment to ethical practice. Each of her handcrafted designs use only Fairtrade precious metals or conflict-free diamonds and stones. Specialising in bespoke jewellery, everything is created by Nathalie herself. We especially love her imaginative twists on classic designs, which are equal parts stunning, stylish and, most importantly, sustainable. Consultations are by appointment only!
With over thirty years of experience manufacturing diamonds in Russia and Israel, we’ve been told that director Eitan Anidjar is capable of finding almost any stone you want – compromise isn’t a word in Paloma Diamond’s dictionary! This family-run business is defined by passion, quality and commitment to customers. It’s worth mentioning that after sourcing your rock, you unfortunately won’t be able to get your ring designed here. However, with Eitan’s expertise, we’re positive he can point you in the right direction to someone who can.
Paloma Diamonds, Unit 1203, 12/F, Siu Ying Commercial Building, 151-155 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 3105 0126, 6840 9352, www.palomadiamonds.com
We love supporting homegrown brands and PN comes highly recommended. Established in 2001, PN offers over 800 unique designs in a variety of metals, including platinum, 18K white gold and 18K rose gold. We are firm believers in value for money, so we’re happy to report that these engagement rings are within the budget-friendly range. That doesn’t mean the pieces compromise on quality though. PN prides itself on using GIA-certified jewels for 0.3K diamonds and above!
For a warm family-run experience, head down to Premier Jewellery. Featured by Lonely Planet as a must-see attraction in Hong Kong, Premier Jewellery offers a bespoke jewellery service along the Holiday Inn Golden Mile (the city’s jewel Mecca!). The breadth of the offering is huge, and the staff here love educating their customers. Interested in brushing up on your diamond knowledge? Premier Jewellery offers gemstone crash courses for groups of up to twelve.
Premier Jewellery, Shop G14-15, G/F, Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hotel, 50 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2368 0003, www.facebook.com/PremierJewellery
After over four decades in the Hong Kong diamond business, the House of Abram is one of the city’s undisputed industry leaders. The Mandarin Oriental doesn’t let just anyone set up shop within its luxury premises you know! While a piece from Ronald Abram’s collection of beautiful wedding rings is our dream “something new”, we love how the designs retain a sleek vintage sensibility. This is timeless opulence at its finest
Hong Kong stalwart RS Jewellers is the expert in 22K gold and fine jewellery. The exquisite pieces are meticulously hand crafted and custom-made for each client. Though diamonds are the big draw for the brand (the store sources and carries a wide range of GIA-certified diamonds at wholesale prices), its collection isn’t limited to these jewels alone. RS Jewellers further specialises in a variety of precious and semi-precious stones, ideal for the unconventional bride.
RS Jewellers, Shop G12 & G19, Holiday Inn Golden Mile, 50 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (entrance from Mody Road), 2311 9494, 2366 1405, www.rsjewellers.com
We can’t get enough of delicate Japanese designs, so it’s no surprise to see TASAKI, Japan’s premier jeweller, make an appearance on our list. While the brand prides itself on superior quality pearls, we can’t stop thinking about its trademarked SAKURAGOLD series. Inspired by cherry blossoms, the pieces come in a beautiful rose gold hue which complements the natural colour of all complexions. Marry that with beautifully-cut diamonds and you have some of the prettiest engagement ring designs we’ve ever seen. What’s more, TASAKI is a Sightholder of The De Beers Group of Companies. This basically means that it’s on a pretty exclusive list of companies who are allowed to purchase rough diamonds in bulk. Impressive!
This glamorous family-run jewellers has over a quarter century of history and experience in creating timeless pieces that accentuate the natural beauty within us all. Every one of the brand’s ethically-sourced and conflict-free diamonds are transformed in the hands of the Buxani women into wonderful pieces that could be a museum exhibit in their own right. Inspired by rich Mogul art and Persian motifs, we love that the girls have brought their heritage into the business as well, catering to Indian brides with a selection of gorgeous traditional Indian jewellery.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written in 2014 by Megan Hills and was most recently updated on 23, October 2019 by Jessica Ng.