It’s never a bad idea to gift jewelry — you just have to find the right one that your other half will actually appreciate and wear on a daily basis. It is a true test of your knowledge of your partner’s aesthetic, and will prove extremely rewarding if your chosen jewelry becomes a part of his/her essentials! Here we highlight seven indie jewelry brands from Hong Kong and abroad for less common designs.
This Hong Kong brand was founded by Savia, who started making her own jewelry when she felt all existing jewelry brands were inadequate. Obsessed with the beauty of imperfections, Savia bases her entire brand on the Japanese art of kintsugi. All about embracing imperfections, Kintsugi is a craft of repairing broken pottery pieces with gold paint.
Atelier Hon’ne’s pieces are a fusion of gold and silver, complete with a rough and irregular finish. All jewelry is hand-made, and can take weeks to finish.
Danish jewelry designer Maria Black’s pieces can be seen on celebrities including Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Her designs are always unexpected and sophisticated, with wavy lines and humorous symbols. There is something for everyone, from elegant hoops to chunky hoops and diamond studs to edgy, dangling pieces. Her website offers international shipping. You can also browse through her designs on her chic instagram page.
BC Joaillerie is founded by local designer Ben Choi, known for his playful and delicate designs. His Piggy Bank collection, for example, is inspired by nostalgic piggy banks. As a kid, he once broke a piggy bank his mother gifted him accidentally, and so he decided to remember the present and turn it into a piece of jewelry.
The Sweets for Sweetheart Collection, which mimics a opened bag of candies, and Fly Me To The Moon, which features a pair of balloons, are both interesting gift ideas for this romantic season.
Alison Lou is a fine jewelry brand based in New York City, known for its unique combination of witty designs and elegant materials. Think 14-karat gold, gemstones, featuring a smiley face or a watermelon. Simple and yet never predictable, Alison Lou’s designs will always manage to put a smile on your face.
Available on Net-a-Porter here
LA-based jeweler Jennifer Meyer is all about timeless designs that you can wear no matter the occasion. Most of her pieces are handcrafted in 18-karat gold, with minimalist aesthetics — think clean lines and delicate materials. Her collection includes necklaces, earrings, rings and studs, and each piece is still made by hand in their Los Angeles studio.
Available on Net-a-Porter here
The London jewelry brand designs effortless, everyday jewellery that are more affordable than the rest of the featured brands on this list. Their jewelry is sustainably crafted in 100% recycled sterling silver and 18ct gold plate, and comes in modern and chic designs great for mix-and-matching daily looks.
Does your partner like non-conventional jewelry such as stacking rings (rings meant for your finger knuckles), and chokers? Then this New York City cult jewelry label, established in 2004, is the perfect brand. Not only does Catbird make its own in-house line of dainty jewelry of classic and contemporary pieces, it features a genius curation of indie designs. The brand has its own jewelry studio in Brooklyn, and selects only sustainable and ethical jewelry.