#BUROSupportsLocal: Malaysian handmade jewellery that’ll make the perfect gift this season
Made in Malaysia
With Christmas right around the corner, you may be frantically looking for a last-minute gift. No judgement, we totally get it. 2020 has been one heck of a ride! If you're scratching your noggin thinking of the perfect present to gift, we're happy to say that we can tick that off your list for you. Since the pandemic hit, we've been championing local brands, and to continue that spirit, we have a list of small, local businesses to support in time for the holiday season, handmade with love. Our list of handmade jewelleries and accessories make great stocking stuffers, too!
Margot & Bijou
With a launch date as recent as November 2020, Margot & Bijou have been making their rounds in the Instagram-sphere with their dainty and durable jewellery. If you like simple yet sophisticated adornments (as does your giftee), you'll love their rolled gold jewellery decorated with genuine pearls and shells.
Anting by Camilla
As the name suggests, this Malaysian brand makes earrings! But that's not all they have in their repertoire, Anting by Camilla also makes rings, bracelets and necklaces to complete your Secret Santa's jewellery list. Using semi-precious stones and proud to be ethically made in Sabah, you can count on this local brand for a magical Bornean charm.
Sangon & Co
Another proudly Bornean brand, Sangon & Co aims to "bring out your Bornean vibe" with their handmade jewellery, which may be exactly what your giftee needs this Christmas. They use classic ocean-themed ornaments like freshwater pearls and shells, but update them with an urban twist by mixing materials with the likes of '90s vibin' letter beads!
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that there is good in taking things slow sometimes. Studio Kittuco champions for slow fashion with their "slow-crafted" polymer clay jewellery that are decorated with fun and contemporary designs, As they are handmade, no two pieces are alike. We love how detailed and intricate they are!
The Petal Archive
Awaken your Secret Santa's inner flower child (and yours too) with The Petal Archive's handcrafted jewellery made from real blooms. They pick the prettiest flowers, press them into custom-made bezels and voilà—you have florals frozen in time to be worn forever! Available as bracelets and necklaces in silver and gold, not only are they timeless, but they're perfect for every romantic.
'90s throwback beaded jewellery is having a massive moment on the fashion trend scale. Jump on the bandwagon with Sourgumme's colourful, floral designs! Their fun colourways add a definite kitschy pizzaz to any ensemble, and make a good conversation starter. Their floral strips can be worn as chokers, bracelets and even anklets! Looking to customise your own design? They're happy to help.
Monclay is another new brand that started just this year. They proudly announce that their polymer clay accessories are "imperfectly imperfect", and no argument there—perfection is boring! And it's these tiny imperfections that make each piece unique. Looking at their designs, their shapes are a mixture of fluid and organic, structured and geometrical; so we trust that every fashion-forward fan will find something they resonate with.
The internet cannot get enough of beaded jewellery, and TBH, we stan. If you're looking for a small yet mighty Malaysian business to support, be sure to check out Nina Beads! The Instagram store makes beaded rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces, but their star product would most likely be their glasses chains, which is also having a major moment. Remember when we spotted this trend in 2019? Called it! Fast forward to 2020 and mask chains are also in demand. If the wide range of bead types, formations and colours don't do it for you, shoot a DM over, they're open for customisations.