This season's hottest local jewellery collections


Nick Chan and Arthur Tam scour the city for all that glitters this season with eight of the hottest local accessory designers

Pearls by Nora Woo

Benevolent beauty

Pearls by Nora Woo

Designer grandmother, Nora Woo, combines her exquisite taste for pearls, with distinct vintage charms that she found all over the world to create timeless yet modern necklaces that can elevate the elegance of any outfit. She uses candy cultured seed pearls and a vintage deep blue fish charm that she found from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to create this stunning featured piece. Woo started her brand in 2011 not only with the intention to create beautiful jewellery but also as a vehicle for charity. PEARLs − or Provision of Education and Assistance to children in Remote Lands – sees all proceeds from the sale of products being donated to kids, which means you’re also helping people while helping yourself.

Necklace $12,830. Available at Zhan [霑], Shop 1, G/F, Po Hing Court, 10-18 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2559 3001.

Fabcessories by Liyan Tai

Plastic fantastic

Fabcessories aims to bring the fun back into accessorising with playfully kitsch acrylic designs. Designed by product designer Liyan Tai, each unique piece is proudly manufactured in Hong Kong. The main draw behind this brand lies in the loud statement pieces inspired by objects found in daily life. Take, for example, the cute necklace with a matching pair of earrings that feature a killer whale chasing after his ball, or the realistic pencil-inspired earrings. For those looking to spice up their wardrobe, look no further than these eccentric pieces that can transform any drab outfit into an exciting street-style look.

Earrings $320. Fabcessories, Shop H312, 3/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, 9823 0301;

Twelveotwo ByThe9thMuse and Chris Habana

Sleek and urban

Curating a fine selection of contemporary accessories, The9thmuse offers an assortment of stylish items that juxtapose new and old, edgy and feminine. Each piece shows off their fine craftsmanship and highlights their stylish appeal inspired by faraway escapades and everyday delights. Despite its seemingly upmarket aesthetic, the store is mindful of local and global artisans and frequently takes on underground collaborations with designers around the world. Their latest collaboration with New York-based jewellery designer Chris Habana has unleashed a sleek collection of accessories called TwelveOTwo. Showcasing metal plated pieces, the collection gives any outfit a touch of sophistication. The Undertow Cuff is a must-have piece that transcends both time and seasonal dressing.

Cuffs $2,525. The 9th Muse, Shop 1204, 12/F, One Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Tce, Central, 2537 7598;

Sole Christine by Christine So

Edgy, cut and rare metals

Precious metals combined with intricate detailing are signatures of designer Christine So and her jewellery line, Sole Christine. For her latest collection, Hidden Secret, she uses rare metal rhodium to make trinity triangle rings, brooches, necklaces and earrings, which all have an edgy boho chic feel. There's a unique geometry, fine finishing and clear artistic perspective from the Central Saint Martins graduate, who meticulously crafts her limited one-off pieces.

Brooch $3,500; necklace $2,700; ring $2,200. Available at Zhan [霑], Shop 1, G/F, Po Hing Court, 10-18 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2559 3001;

Cecilia Ma

Modern throwback

Pearls by Nora Woo

Think cool tribal appeal and antique vibes with Cecilia Ma’s modern-yet-baroque take on her latest accessories collection. Known for her delicate tailoring and exquisite workmanship, Ma’s unconventional mix-and-match style is clearly exemplified through her wood-centred Teaka Collection. With the rustic appeal of the laser cut wood combined with materials such as acrylic and brass, each piece brings forth an intriguing mix of classic femininity and urban edginess. The steampunk-inspired Sayer Sautoir necklace is a particular standout with its intricate laser cut engravings and cutouts that appear to be lace. Style it with a simple shift dress and you’ll be the centre of attention in no time.

Necklace $1,980. Cecilia Ma, 1/F, 3 Gough St, Central, 3690 2900;

Shannnam by Riyo Chan

Sublimely surreal

Pearls by Nora Woo

Founded in 2011, Shannnam is a quirky city-based design project that creates one-of-a-kind handmade accessories using miniature models in suspended animation. The surreal-looking pieces all tell a different story – some are fun, some are odd and some are downright dreamy. Moulded out of silicon and polyester resin, these transparent compartments house miniature German and Japanese models that tease your imagination and bring back fond memories of childhood. As the name suggests, the Fragmented Chronicles collection captures various scenarios of everyday life in miniature dioramas while the Citizen Rings collection focuses on models of people completing their daily activities as a way of documenting our existence.

Bracelet $1,200; ring $920. Available at VolumeOne, 30 Sun Chun St, Causeway Bay, 2808 0962;

Playback by Chan Po-fung

Industrial enigmas

Pearls by Nora Woo

There’s an arcane and puzzling effect to Chan Po-fung’s designs. His new Pinbacll Track brass bracelet is a combination of architectural ingenuity and kinetic energy created by moving marbles within the bracelet. Chan graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University and has just launched a full range of accessories for his label Playback. For those with a penchant for an industrial, raw aesthetic, Playback offers up pieces that make you look smart and design savvy.

Cuffs $1,380. Available at Kapok, HG 10-12, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, 2858 8170;


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