Your ultimate guide to made-in-Malaysia jewellery brands
All that glitters does not have to come from across the seas—Malaysia is brimming with talents after all. From edgy, head-turning facial ornaments to timeless engagement rings to seal your declaration of love, these made-in-Malaysia jewellery brands prove you don't have to look far for pieces to remember.
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Understated and refined, Tailored Jewel's Everyday Jewellery collection is strikingly simple, yet covetable. Each piece is crafted in 14k solid white or rose gold, and set with a single diamond for a hint of sparkle. The brand started off online, but has since expanded to two physical locations (The Boulevard Mid Valley in KL and Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru) offering consultancy and jewellery repair services. They make diamond rings and wedding bands as well.
Founded by Foo Chia Chern and Amira Yahaya, The Straits Finery specialises in 14k gold creations with pared-down designs that are perfect for stacking. With a repertoire devoid of stones—a rather atypical move for a jewellery brand—their designs shine with minimalistic, geometric forms and quiet elegance. Eco-consciousness is also a value that the brand prides itself on, from their custom-made packaging that was designed to minimise waste to efforts in carbon offsetting.
Demi-fine jewellery label MYJN (an acronym for May-Jun) promises quality at an affordable price, made possible by their choice of ethically sourced materials—that includes gold vermeil (925 sterling silver plated with a thick layer of 14 to 24k gold) and sterling silver. From elegant pearl-adorned necklaces to edgy, raw-formed rings, there is something for every personality here. Limited-edition leather pocket trays and silk scarves are currently also on offer, though stock is running low.
Hailing from Klang, Joanne Tan's unique brand challenges society's idealisation of beauty via jewellery. The Central Saint Martins alumni's collection includes delicate yet head-turning facial ornaments and statement ear cuffs that will surely spark conversation wherever you go. Her most recent collection features a series of what she dubs "ear+rings" that adorn the lobe in new ways.
The label’s earrings are currently available online via fashion marketplace APOC Store, but made-to-order creations can also be requested via email.
Find both everyday pieces and evening-appropriate designs at VLT (short for Vault). The Essentia Collection speaks of minimalistic chic, perfect for wearing on their own or to stack, while the Privé Collection is sure to elevate your looks with its luxurious array of jewels adorned with freshwater pearls, diamonds and coloured gemstones.
Like MYJN, 'Kin bridges the worlds between costume jewellery and fine jewellery with its demi-fine creations. All their pieces are made of 925 sterling silver and plated with Rhodium or 18k gold vermeil. Hoop earring lovers will be delighted with the variety of designs they currently have on site, and the demi-fine label most recently collaborated with Yuna to create sculptural 1.5-inch hoops that embody the bold yet playful personality of the artiste.
Founded by fashion lovers Leonie L. and Mandy C., online jeweller Moodd. offers everyday luxury in the form of ethical, genderless jewellery that will add a sparkle to any outfit. Crafted primarily out of sterling silver, gold vermeil and rhodium, classic pieces range from chain links that are easy to match to more statement creations featuring pave settings and eternity bands.
High-voltage sparkle made for special moments...
Besides allowing you to customise your own jewellery (perfect for gifting!), Zcova has collaborated with local designers such as Khoon Hooi and Alia Bastamam to create some truly exquisite creations that are emblematic of the respective brands. The online jeweller is also known for their engagement rings, which can be personalised and purchased online. In the case where you prefer to have an in-person consultation or viewing, you can make a visit to the showroom in Kota Damansara.
Penang-born Amee Philips honed her skills in the old gemstone capital Idar-Oberstein, and now she creates opulent pieces of wearable art that infuse both classical and contemporary multicultural influences. For Philips, it always begins with stones rather than sketches, with the most beautiful coloured gemstones taking centre stage in her collections.
A household name when it comes to local jewellers, Habib Jewels have sure come a long way since their humble beginnings dating back to 1958 on Pitt Street in Penang—they essentially grew and flourished alongside our beloved country!
Today, that original shop still stands strong, bolstered by a string of showrooms across Malaysia. Besides its namesake jewels, Habib has also brought in a number of international brands ranging from London-based Stephen Webster to Tous from Spain into their showrooms here.
Born of a collaboration between Royal Selangor and two European master jewellers in 1973, Selberan takes pride in their 18k gold and diamond jewellery featuring fine craftsmanship and classic motifs. Inspirations for their creations range from the exotic ('Rococo Reimagined' and 'Persia') to local culture ('Batik' and 'Songket').
Fun fact: the jeweller has even been given the royal seal of approval—it was entrusted with the restoration of the Sultan of Selangor's coronation crown in 2003, where it refitted a ceremonial songkok with diamonds and rubies.
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Newcomer Yukimoto offers handmade ornaments crafted for any occasion. Their jewellery reinterprets natural stones like pearl and jade beyond tradition, through contemporary designs made for both men and women. Inspired by different types of affection, their Love series include elegant pieces with heart-shaped gems for couples, friends, families, and even yourself (can't forget self-love!).
Founder Lorraine Lee drew inspiration from the knot works used in her father's cognitive therapy to create the one-of-a-kind jewellery of Talee. The Sabah-based brand offers colourful pieces hand-crafted out of sustainable threads that are lightweight, washable and easy on the skin. Their most recent collaboration birthed an exclusive collection, inspired by our country's lush landscapes, together with local fashion e-commerce platform Dia.
This is an updated version of an article originally published on August 31, 2019.