10 Malaysian jewellery brands that should be on your radar (if they aren't already)
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 is only available online, but it has a service hub in Atria mall that allows you to see and feel the jewellery in person before taking the plunge. 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.
Demi-fine jewellery label MYJN promises quality at an affordable price, made possible by their choice of materials—that is either gold vermeil (.925 sterling silver plated with a thick layer of 14-24k gold) or sterling silver. From elegant pearl-adorned necklaces to edgy, raw-formed rings, there is something for every personality here.
Hailing from Klang, Joanne Tan's unique brand challenges society's idalisation 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. For now the label is only physically stocked at 50m in London and Galeria Alice Floriano in Brazil, but made-to-order creations can 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 young label is set to launch its new collection of chains alongside charms and hammered hoops (that made its debut at KL Fashion Week at the Alia Bastamam show!) very soon.
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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.
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 has sure come a long way since its humble beginnings dating back to 1958 on Pitt Street in Penang—it essentially grew and flourished alongside our beloved country! Today, that original shop still stands strong, bolstered by a string of showrooms across the country. Besides its namesake jewels, Habib has also brought in a number of international brands into its showrooms here.
Born of a collaboration between Royal Selangor and two European master jewelers in 1973, Selberan takes pride in its 18k gold and diamond jewellery featuring fine craftsmanship and classic motifs. Inspirations for its creations range from the exotic (Rococo Reimagined and Persia) to local culture (Batik & Songket). Fun fact: the jewellery has even been given the royal seal of approval—it was entrusted with the restoration of Sultan of Selangor's coronation crown in 2003, where it refitted a ceremonial songkok with diamonds and rubies.