Versatile. Elegant. Effortless. These terms aptly sum up the refined simplicity of minimalist jewellery. While there are high-end brands in the growing local market, more and more are veering towards bridging luxurious aesthetics with a less lavish price tag. To suit everyone’s taste, we’ve gladly included them both.
The best part? Although they remain true to clean designs synonymous with minimalist chic, it’s impossible to resist some of their more whimsical and unconventional creations. Whether you choose to mix and match, or layer them on like a tiered cake, the options presented by these local jewellery designers are endless. Time to add to cart:
1. Wanderlust + Co
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that Wanderlust + Co is a cult favourite on the jewellery scene (even internationally) as they often take an experimental approach in their designs. Whether you’re diving into their bewitching L’etoile series comprising intricate tarot cards or the Chasing Clouds collection filled with astronomical wonders (including diamante hair clips), there’s something to satisfy even the pickiest of fashionistas.
What’s to love about Luccacal is that they continuously release handmade and curated demi-fine pieces (made with precious metals and techniques like vermeil plating) that possess a youthful, modern touch. When it comes to their best-sellers, we can’t get enough of the engraved rose flower necklace and signet ring. In terms of slightly more unconventional choices, you simply can’t go wrong with their stunning Natural Crystal, Abalone Shell, and Freshwater Pearl collections.
Evoking exclusivity and regality with its name, but practicing affordability and sustainability in its principles is Gung (translates to ‘palace’ in Korean). With collections inspired by the shapes and structures of buildings, as well as textures of hammered surfaces and natural finishes, it’s safe to say that these beauties follow a more unusual and edgy theme. Nevertheless, the daintiness in size makes them easy to wear with everyday ensembles.
With an all-female team in tow, Psyndrome sprung to life to create versatile pieces that stand out from the crowd, tease with a playful design, or sparkle up your look without breaking the bank. True to the spirit of empowering women, the Self Love Necklace is a must-have while the Paperclip Chain and Safety Lock Earrings are a bold, whimsical alternative.
How about donning some classic crystal beads that’ve been given a modern update that stays true to minimalist fashion? Thanks to Feithe, you can now own necklaces, bracelets, and earrings adorned with this underrated mode of muted glimmer under their charming Mabel Series. Additionally, you can scroll through their gemstone charms catalogue to add on to your favourite jewellery.
6. Minimalist Lab
Exercising simplicity and refinement is none other than the Minimalist Lab. Adhering to the single pendant format, they’ve created luxurious-yet-modest pieces that feature the luck and protective charms in the Courage series, and even a galaxy-inspired Wonder collection. With that in mind, the elegant LOLA Mother of Pearl Clover Sterling Silver Necklace and Bracelet have stolen our hearts.
While the diamond/birthstone bar bracelet by VLT (pronounced ‘vault’) is an excellent go-to for a more personal touch, their Privé Collection packs on the glam with handcrafted pieces embellished with specially-curated South Sea and freshwater pearls, diamonds, and gemstones. Also, be sure to keep a lookout for their upcoming release of ear stacks that include adornment with sapphires!
8. The Straits Finery
Geometric-shaped stacking rings – particularly the gold Nautilus ring – are an exemplary introduction to the design ethos adopted by The Straits Finery. From the multiple parts of the environmentally-influenced Ebb & Flow collection to their classics compilation, the brand’s clean constructions will fit seamlessly into your style.
Another brand that has jumped onto the demi-fine bandwagon is MYJN, named after its founders May and Jun. Coupled with a sustainable core from start to finish, they’ve released several affordable-but-luxurious collections teeming with clean structures and pearl-embellishment. But our favourites are the jewellery composed of imperfectly rustic, raw-formed pieces.
Kick-starting their brand launch with classic hoop earrings, ‘Kin then kicked things up a notch with the textured Nysa Hoops in Gold Vermeil. Now, they’ve branched out, and you’ll fin their pieces showcasing gem-encrusted charms that pair perfectly with their clean-cut Rolo chains. It’s evident that ‘KIN has melded edge, sophistication, and eclectic taste with finesse. We suggest layering these demi-fine beauties for extra flair.
Apart from minimalist charms, gothic lettering and scripting are often employed into the sleek designs of Oranda. Presenting a customised letter or word option, feel free to browse through and pick up their dangling vertical script bar earrings or script band rings. On top of that, they’ve even made elegant pieces with Arabic and Simplified Chinese scripts.
Marvel at the plethora of eye-catching, dainty creations made by the hands of Plenty. While the Genesis Moon and Stars Anklet from the Rose Gold series is undoubtedly gorgeous, the Birth Fleur necklaces marked with different floral patterns for each month make extra memorable gifts. Did we mention they’ve recently switched to fully sustainable packaging – including pouches, recyclable shipping boxes, and shipping flyers?
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