Peranakan traditions, celebrated by those of Chinese descent who assimilated into the local communities of the Malay archipelago – including Singapore – still features strongly in this city today, from architecture to cuisine to fashion.
Check out these Peranakan and ethnic-inspired jewellery brands we’re loving!
Eden + Elie carries Peranakan-style jewellery ranging from bangles and bracelets to necklaces and earrings, and even cufflinks for men.
An ode to the centuries-old tradition of making things by hand, no two pieces of this range of jewellery – rich embroidery, hand-made beading and a bright colour palette – is the same, as each one has been lovingly sewed with human hands.
NEXT: Chinoiserie Blu →
Taking inspiration from all things Peranakan – its distinctive architecture, its intricately embroidered traditional wear and more – the pieces exude a sense of romance of the East and West.
Chinoiserie Blu also offers personalisation services for unique, custom-made designs.
#07-03 Noel Building, 50 Playfair Rd, Singapore 367995
NEXT: Tessellate.Co →
Dreamy label Tessellate.Co was born out of the owner’s travel experiences, where she first discovered the value and origins of various stones. Many of the original pieces are made with hand-picked, traditional semi-precious stones sourced from Southeast Asia and various parts of the world, and imbued with a contemporary touch to create timeless pieces.
NEXT: Indocafe – The White House →
Wait, what? You mean the restaurant?
Delish Peranakan comfort food aside, Indocafe also recently started selling Peranakan-inspired purses and bags made of batik-print cloth and hand-embroidered beads.
35 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228227
NEXT: Curator’s Den →
Curator’s Den stocks a range of designers with a focus on ethical fashion and exquisite craftsmenship. Find a mix of traditional and contemporary designs that equally radiate sophistication. We particularly love the silk bracelets to dainty pieces made with precious stones from India.
#02-20E Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
NEXT: Jaipore by Rita Aurora →
This long-standing fine jeweller in Asia’s luxury jewellery industry custom-makes hand-crafted jewellery, including family heirlooms for socialites and royalty, that fuses traditional ethnic styles with elegant contemporary designs. Diamonds are table-cut, stunning stones are sourced from around the world, and the grand traditions of the Mughals in India are preserved to create bespoke pieces of enduring value for the ethereal woman.
By appointment only.
NEXT: Choo Yilin →
This local jeweller has been making her mark internationally, putting Singapore on the map with her label inspired by Asian heritage and culture.
Clients are served on an appointment-only basis at the Choo Yilin Shophouse, where a personal shopper, after undrstanding your taste and preferences, will create a specially curated experience for you.
331 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427587
NEXT: Foundation Jewellers →
So, uh, even Queen Elizabeth II owns a diamond-encrusted gold brooch from Foundation Jewellers. And if it’s pretty enough for the Queen, it’s pretty enough for anyone.
Turns out, the brooch, made with 18K yellow gold and 61 brilliant-cut diamonds, was presented by the Singapore Government to the Queen as a gift for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
The brand, with brings together Malay designs, European influences and Chinese craftsmanship, represent the diversity of Singapore through its intricate pieces.
#01-03/04/05 Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, Singapore 229616
NEXT: Eden & Elie →
By Pinky Chng, April 2017
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