You don’t need to sacrifice your savings plan to sparkle in real gems and precious metals. Local Singapore designers are creating affordable jewellery that’s also super stylish. You get real pearls, gemstones and precious metals like gold and rhodium at prices that make it easy to hit “add to cart”.
So how do they do it? Singapore actually has a long history of jewellery manufacture, so many of these designers have access to expert craftspeople who can handle tricky techniques like gold vermeil.
This is an ancient technique where genuine gold is applied in a thick layer over real silver. Vermeil jewellery, also called “Gold-filled jewellery” is called “demi-fine” jewellery because it is filled or plated with more gold than cheap “flash plated” items. The gold layer in gold vermeil jewelley can be up to 1000 times thicker than flash plating, so it’s much more lasting.
You may not have heard of all of these affordable jewellery designers in Singapore before, but they all offer the option of one-off designs or limited-edition ranges. So you can be sure you won’t see your gorgeous necklace or ring on everyone else. You get the glamour of designer jewellery, at great prices. It’s the spirit of modern luxury.
So whether you’re looking for dainty rings, a dramatic cuff bracelet or a stylish jade pendant, you can find it in this list of affordable jewellery lines by Singapore designers.
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Launched in 2017, SOAMI (pronounced ‘sow me’) is the brainchild of Mindy Aletheia Chow, who has made it her mission is to encourage intentional living and boldness through engravable reminders on her range of handcrafted jewellery.
The brand offers rings, cuffs, bangles, bracelets, pendants, earrings and mask chains in stainless steel and 14k gold vermeil, a bridal and bespoke fine jewellery line called Dion by SOAMI, as well as a solid gold line.
Engrave a name, memory or seasonal reminder on your chosen piece—it’ll make the perfect gift for your beloved or yourself.
Prices: SOAMI’s jewellery collection ranges from $89 to $188. Prices for the bespoke series start from $850.
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All Bliing’s earring studs and drops are interchangeable and sold separately. So you hook drops on studs to create a fresh pair of earrings. Add as many drops as you like or keep it simple with just a stud – it’s your choice.
Most of the “shape-shifting” earrings designed by Singaporean duo Alex Cheng and GC Lek are made in gold vermeil. That’s 18K gold that is 2.5-3.0 microns thick layered onto sterling silver. This is about 10 times thicker than flash-plated jewllery, so it lasts longer.
Bliing also offer some 18K solid gold pieces and personalization. For example, you can get a stud you like in a different gem.
Prices: Vary depending on stones and drops. As a guide, studs start at $150 a pair, while drops start at $190 and go up to around $700.
This Singapore company started back in the 1800s, so you can trust the quality of the gems here. Now BP de Silva is headed by the fifth generation in the family, Shanya Amarasuriya, age 31. She studied jewellery design in New York and you’ll see the city’s influence in her new Deco Pop Collection, with coloured gems set in 18K gold.
The geometric shapes are inspired by New York’s iconic architecture, like the Empire State Building. Shanya feels Art Deco’s geometric designs suit today’s empowered women.
If you prefer intricate designs, the Lovedrops Collection has filigree metalwork and diamonds. It’s perfect for an anniversary because it captures emotion. As Shanya says. “I wore my grandmother’s earrings on my wedding day. Every time I wear them, I feel she’s with me. Jewellery does become a part of you.”
Prices: The Lovedrops Dainty Diamond Necklace in 18K gold is $5,880. Lovedrops Petite Diamond Eternity Band is $2,800. Deco Pop rings average $3,200 per ring. Deco Pop pendant necklaces start at $2,200, depending on the stone.
By Invite Only offers affordable designer jewellery that’s safe for sensitive skin. Founder Trixie Khong grew up with sensitive and eczema-prone skin, so all the designs at By Invite Only are made without skin-irritating nickel, lead, and cadmium.
Designs are appealingly timeless, so they don’t overwhelm you. Whether it’s brunch with your girlfriends or a Zoom business call, you’ll find a piece to complete your outfit.
Prices depend on the stones. For instance, Gold Clemence drop earrings are plated with 18K gold and sparkle with man-made cubic zirconia. They start at $69.
Find real diamonds under the limited edition gldsmth range, which features jewellery in 14k recycled gold and diamonds. As a guide to price, the White Gold Diamond Bar Necklace is $1200.
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If diamonds are your dream gemstone, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Lee Hwa. The Destinée diamond has 57 facets and is certified by the American Gem Society as Triple Ideal in cut, at least a G-colour and clarity of VS2 and above.
If you plan to upsize your diamonds, Lee Hwa’s Destinée and Forevermark diamonds come with a two-year Full Value Guarantee. You get 100% trade-in value if you upgrade within 24 months from the purchase date.
Many people don’t know Lee Hwa Jewellery also offers an affordable bespoke jewellery service. A consultation fee of S$50 gets you meeting with a designer, your own design, and up to two revisions. It’s S$50 for each further revision.
While you’re there, take a look at the new Constell range, which features several smaller diamonds grouped together like a constellation of sparkling stars.
Prices: As a guide, a Constell pendant in 18K rose gold and diamonds is $568. Destinée Jewel in the Crown diamond earrings are $4368 – you can wear the diamond studs alone, or add the diamond “halo” to make the stud bigger and more sparkly.
Affordable Luxe – that’s the theme here. Nephrite Jade earrings and pendants in modern shapes are super-versatile and go with everything from office wear to jeans. The jade comes from sustainable mines in Canada, where mining is strictly controlled.
The Minimalist Collection features sleek drop earrings and rings that are perfect for everyday wear. You can choose from 20 different cabochon gemstones with different meanings. A ring in pink Rose Quartz gemstone is used to attract love. Yellow Citrine gemstone is believed to attract prosperity, joy, and energy.
The rings and earrings are Gold Vermeil or White Rhodium. A rare precious metal related to Platinum, Rhodium is very hard, so it stays shiny much longer than silver. Rhodium is often only used for fine jewellery, but at MTJ you’ll find designs in both White Rhodium and Black Rhodium.
Marilyn Tan also does bespoke jewellery. She can take a piece of jade or jewellery you inherited and create a new piece you’ll love. To book an appointment, call +65 6222 4736 or visit the atelier at 59 Eng Hoon St S160059.
Prices: Minimalist rings in yellow gold or white rhodium are $224, earrings are $272. MTJ Nephrite Jade Pendant in rose gold is $198, Nephrite Jade bar earrings $320.
MADLY is headed by ex-radio personality Maddy Barber. Because she loves coloured gems, Maddy founded her jewellery business back in 2014. It took off and in 2021 she stepped away from the microphone to focus on bespoke jewellery design.
MADLY works with coloured gems from around the world. The focus is one off and bespoke pieces – the brand has a full team of 8 award-winning designers, each with their own design styles.
When it comes to gems, they’ll show you beauties at every price point, from famous coloured gems such as sapphires, emeralds and rubies, to up-and-coming ones like spinels and tsavorite garnets.
To book an appointment, call +65 6650 1544, email create@or visit the atelier at 72 Seng Poh Rd, #01-63, S160072.
Prices: MADLY’s pieces start from $3,500, while the statement cocktail rings that feature on their Instagram with big gems or elaborate designs start from $8000 and can go into six digits. The beauty of bespoke jewellery is you set the budget, and you decide.
Layered jewellery is a fashion trend that’s not going away any time soon. With the exclusive Freestyle Collection, Poh Heng has created playful yet precious pieces for everyday wear.
The Freestyle collection is based around effortlessly 18K chic gold jewellery. Some pendants, rings and bracelets come in gold, others feature rainbow-colored gemstones or pavé-style diamonds on a dainty 18 K gold chain. You can create your own layered look and be sure no-one will be wearing the same combination as you.
Prices: Poh Heng Freestyle Long Bar Necklace in Gold is $620, 22K Band ring is $230, Freestyle Candy Multi-stone necklace with rainbow-colored gems on an 18 K gold chain, from $1400. Freestyle Candy multistone rings, from $630.
Caroline and Wilson Tan use freshwater pearls, which are naturally produced in mussel shellfish. So each pearl is natural and unique.
There’s always something new on the website because the designer duo create one new design every day, with natural pearls set in Sterling Silver and 18K gold vermeil.
The designs may be modern, but the designers at Pearly Lustre still follow some tried and tested beliefs. Wilson explains, “We use silver because it attracts negative elements from your body when you wear it. And pearls have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, to calm the spirit and beautify skin.”
In line with their belief in sustainability, Pearly Lustre also provide pearl jewellery cleaning, replating, and will restring pearl necklaces for customers.
Prices: Earrings start at around $88. Rings range from $188 to around $1,280 depending on materials.
Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Olivia Munn and Beyoncé are just some of the stylish celebrities who’ve been spotted wearing Singapore jewellery brand State Property. Striking a balance between dainty and eye-catching, their earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings are equal parts indulgent and cool.
State Property’s sleek pieces aren’t for everyone, though. The collection is curated and cool, to suit women who appreciate modern design. The pieces are made in Singapore by craftsmen who marry traditional techniques with technology such as 3D printing.
State Property also offers a bespoke design service.
Prices: Rings and earrings range from $850 to around $3,000, depending on materials.
Founder Jenn Low calls Wanderlustandco “Affordable Luxe Plated Jewellery.” Fans call it a one-stop-shop for a wide range of designer accessories, from stacking rings to sparkly hair accessories.
The female-led design team creates new designs almost every week – and they try them on in real life to see how they work. This ensures the jewellery is versatile. You can wear it anywhere from a trip to the supermarket to a luxury staycation.
Designs are made in brass of silver, then plated 14K gold or rhodium, and studded with semi-precious stones and quality cubic zirconia, and every item has Wanderlustandco’s signature feminine feel.
Prices: Almost everything is under $100, with many pieces starting at $60.
This article originally appeared in Singapore Women’s Weekly