All sorted and organised early for Christmas 2014, mamas? (Reindeer snort!). Scrambling to get Santa’s gifts wrapped and hidden? In the mad rush you might very well have overlooked your own wishlist, but don’t worry, we’re here to help!
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, here’s our curated list of girly vice: luscious independent jewellery designers in Singapore who also create bespoke, customisable pieces. If you have that precious bauble lying around begging to be set, or you’ve just always wanted to create something spesh, these designers will collaborate with you. Or, if the hubs Santa is out of ideas this giving season, simply flick this on to his inbox workshop as a big wee hint. You know, just in case his sleigh has that special male blind spot for procuring Christmas bling!
Established in 2009 by Carolyn Kan (a former managing director at an international advertising agency), Carrie K’s artisan-crafted pieces “celebrate the beauty of imperfection and marvel at the mundane in everyday life”. Her collections feature bold reversible cuffs, paint-spilled leather necklaces, and twists on everyday items such as nail ear cuffs and needle and thread rings. Virtually an instant hit from launch – she won ELLE’s ‘Jeweller of the Year’ award in 2010 and was nominated for the President’s Design Award in 2013 – we reckon Carrie rocks indeed!
Marilyn Tan’s one-of-a-kind pieces are handcrafted in .925 silver and 18k white and yellow gold to draw out the uniqueness of each semi-precious stone. Displayed at the likes of Paris Fashion Week, her pieces have a quirky edge inspired by nature, architecture and her travels from Bhutan to Antarctica. Fusing antique aesthetics with modernity, she caters to the strong, confident and independent modern woman looking to stand out. Make a lasting impression this Christmas, mamas!
Ex-lawyer Joanne Low “celebrates the multi-faceted magic that is woman”. A mother of three, her passion for jewellery design was awakened by her then three-year-old’s box of Toys “R” Us beads. Decidedly more sophisticated now, her collection is bold, yet sensuous and inspired by nature, geometry and architecture with accents of sapphires, amethyst and topaz. Winner of the Best Branding and Marketing Category at the inaugural Singapore Mumpreneur Awards 2014, her pieces will take you from boardroom to the ballroom and beyond!
I Am Brilliant Too
If the hubs Santa is a closet designer, or if you want to transform your own (undoubtedly brilliant) ideas to wearable art, I Am Brilliant Too is an initiative supporting talented Singapore jewellery designers. Specialising in diamonds and pearls (hello bling!), there is a three-step process before you wear your creation: Step 1 – pick one of six designers online whose style you like; Step 2 – meet him/her and come up with a budget and design; Step 3 – the creation of your bespoke piece which you may witness at any stage. Voila! Your brilliance will be shown! (Oops, we almost forgot Step 4: Bring the hubs Santa’s chequebook).
Saught & Choo Yilin
Christmas isn’t all just frivolous faire mamas, and we are mindfully aware, ‘tis the season for Gift-and-Give-ing and not just receiving. If you are looking for thoughtful gifts that benefit more than just the recipient, check out the two designers below. Along with setting your personal baubles, they create jewellery that’s beautiful inside and out:
Saught (“by PeaceMakers, for PeaceLovers”) is a social enterprise business creating products from landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXOs) to support sustainability and promote peace in post-conflict countries. They create employment opportunities in developing countries like Cambodia, and help artisans break poverty cycles with handcrafted jewellery that utilises metal fragments. Gifting is indeed easy ‘beyond borders’ when their online shop delivers worldwide!
For Christmas, Saught is featuring customised, initialed jewellery where you can have the names of your husband and/or child(ren) engraved – or any ‘saught’ of sentiment/special words to you. So give the hubs Santa a jab in the ribs to head to the Very Small Exhibition at Shaw Tower from 19-21 December to have it done on the spot!
Choo Yilin formerly worked in the Bangkok not-for-profit sector, and now partners with heritage and social impact communities in Southeast Asia. By working with highly skilled artisans in jade carving, silver-smithing and other fine jewellery techniques, her jewellery advocates Asian heritage and conservation with an emphasis on community. The brand is known for its gemstones and sculptural and organic forms, and has been displayed at Paris Fashion Week as well as featured in The New York Times and The Financial Times’ “How to Spend It”.
Choo Yilin, 331 Joo Chiat Roa, Singapore 427587,
(+65) 6348 1010, www.chooyilin.com, [email protected] for shophouse and bespoke appointments.
Opening Hours: Weekdays – 11am to 8pm, Saturday – 2pm to 7pm, closed on Sunday