Your insider’s guide to Hong Kong

Five contemporary artisan jewellers to discover in Hong Kong

Sparkle and shine with our pick of local jewellery talents

Jewellery lovers are spoiled for choice in Hong Kong. In Central alone, scores of blingtastic stores beckon with dazzling displays of gold, diamond and precious stones, with most of the major fine jewellery houses represented, and a few big-name local players, too. The city also has a talented pool of independent contemporary designers creating beautiful bijouterie to suit any style and budget, so you’re bound to find the right one for you.


We’ve written about niin before, where founder Jeanine Hsu has been creating beautiful jewellery and accessories with a strong ethical and sustainable focus since 2009. Her dedication to craftsmanship and sustainability made niin an ideal partner for our new Living Well Partnership, which promotes health and well-being. Specially created for the project are niin’s hand-knotted Hope Bracelets, featuring rose-gold or rhodium plated brass charms decorated with an inspiring message. The bracelets can be purchase at The Oriental Spa, niin store or,  and online at, with all proceeds going to the Healthy Lifestyle Fund.

Kim Lai

Kim Lai has been quietly making glamorous, feminine jewellery under his eponymous label for just on a decade. Lai, who trained in London, infuses his creations with an east-meets-west aesthetic, reflecting his Asian heritage and travels around the globe. Handmade pieces in gold, white gold, platinum and silver pop with colour thanks to the addition of precious and semi-precious stones such as rubies, emeralds, sapphire, amethyst and diamonds, without ever being flashy or overly showy. Lai’s studio on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan is a fittingly sleek showcase for his refined work.

Candice Luk

New York-trained Candice Luk came into the industry via journalism, when a chance encounter with a fashion editor lead to her studying metalsmithing and jewellery making. In the 10 years since establishing her brand, Candice has carved out a reputation for delicate but tough hand-crafted pieces that are suitable for the rigours of daily wear, yet refined enough for special occasions. Her metal of choice is yellow and white gold paired with diamonds, although the Modern Heirloom collection uses high-grade cubic zirconia, a more affordable and ethical alternative, with a portion of proceeds donated to charity. Shop online or make an appointment to visit her Sheung Wan studio for a bespoke creation.

Elizabeth DeMotte Jewelry

Sometimes you want to wear something that’s easy, playful and full of personality. That’s where Elizabeth DeMotte Jewelry comes in. Her creations are colourful, a bit boho, a touch exotic, and very affordable. Working with sterling or gold-plated silver and  semi-precious stones such as jade, turquoise, onyx, quartz and amethyst, each piece is handmade and unique. Designs are rarely repeated, though if you fancy something that’s been sold, just ask. Elizabeth also welcomes commissions, so get in touch to create your own one-off that’s as original as you are.


Newly launched AAB stands out in a crowded field with sleek, gorgeous pieces featuring natural and raw stones, rough diamonds and antique objects. AAB, which means “water” in Farsi, reflects the brand’s strong yet fluid aesthetic. Founders Yi and Yifawn work with young designers from Hong Kong and around the region to produce eye-catching and timeless jewellery that can be worn on any occasion. The debut collection includes Agatescape, featuring agate pebbles from Madagascar set on silver and gold rings; Playing Rough, by designer Dan Qing, which has unisex appeal, with its use of uncut diamonds and silver; and Seal This, by designer Feng Menyi, which incorporates Persian carnelian agate incised with Arabic calligraphy.


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