Handcrafted Artisan Jewellery You’ll Want to Flaunt
Honouring the artisans of Asia, Forbidden Hill and Manjrie Bespoke Jewellery bring you handcrafted artisan jewellery with designs inspired from all over the region.
Forbidden Hill’s Silk Bangle collections are inspired by the likes of Islamic art, oriental motifs and colours, and makes use of materials such as gorgeous Thai silk. On the other hand, Manjrie Bespoke Jewellery pays tribute to the independent artisans of India and offers indian jewellery from necklaces to bracelets and rings.
1. Forbidden Hill
Inspired by the cultures of Southeast Asia, Forbidden Hill offers beautiful contemporary lifestyle accessories. Designed in Singapore and crafted by some of the finest artisans in the region, the Forbidden Hill Silk Bangle collections come in three designs: The Huế Collection showcases an enchanting pattern found in the Purple Forbidden City in Vietnam. The Iskandar Collection highlights an intricate and hypnotic geometric pattern stemming from Islamic art. The Lotus Collection is designed with motifs of the delicate flower that is a sacred symbol across the region.
Interchangeable inserts of pure Thai silk slide smoothly within precious metals to effect stunning variations of each design, giving you a single piece of jewellery that can transform to suit your outfit or your mood. There are over a dozen stunning silk colours to choose from, whether it is Forbidden Hill’s signature Peacock Green or the audacious Dragon Red. The Silk Bangles come in two precious metals - silver (rhodium-plated, SGD 195) and gold (24k gold-plated, SGD 285) - which include one pair of silk slides. Additional silk slides can be purchased at SGD 20 per pair.
Marrying traditional Indian heritage with western aesthetics, Manjrie Gupta aims to keep the heritage alive and support independent artisans from craft families in India with her label Manjrie Bespoke Jewellery. Having graduated from the International Gemological Institute as a gemologist and designer, Manjrie Gupta approaches her jewellery with the idea of ‘“season-less” designs. She instead creates timeless signature pieces that are handcrafted and designed with ladylike elegance, grace and sophistication.
Manjrie’s Signature Navaratan jewellery collection, taking inspiration from 9 planets in Vedic Astrology, contains pieces crafted with intricate Jadau handwork, the centuries-old traditional jewellery making of Bikaner in Rajasthan. The Rajputani Monarch Navratni Necklace and Iconic Round Navratni Bracelet are real head turners! Inspired by the playful jewellery worn by the aristocratic Rajput women, this intricate necklace features polki (uncut diamonds), emerald, ruby, cultured pearls and other navratna gemstones, set in 22kt gold. The bracelet showcases a centrepiece enriched with polki which is inspired by the eloquent lotus, revered in Buddhism as being symbolic of purity of the body, mind and speech. It is crafted from 18k gold, accentuated by green onyx on the side.
To view the collection, make an appointment with Manjrie Gupta at +65-8152 1415.
3. The Tui Collection
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Founded by Bahamian-born British designer Tui Pascale Arielle Sang, The Tui Collection is a curated boutique offering unique handmade clothing, footwear and accessories. Design, craftsmanship, quality of materials and techniques are at the heart of the brand, with each timeless and luxurious piece created to be versatile enough to be styled differently and worn repeatedly.
Tui grew up in Africa and her love of fashion and great sense of style saw her introduce jewellery to The Tui Collection. Inspired by a personal love of Byzantine, Ancient Greek and Roman Empire artifacts, Obtainium by Tui is a covetable line of hand-tooled jewellery. The embellished jewels and gilded talismans have been crafted to reflect the spirit of pieces normally only seen in a museum. Ageless and striking, Obtaninium’s intricate yet effortless designs are made to be worn both day and night.