By Tatler Hong Kong
June 22, 2021
Meet the Asian Jewelers Entering the Global Stage
A wealth of the world’s foremost jewelry talent is right on our doorstep. These are just a few of the homes of Hong Kong and across Asia, from celebrity favorites to timeless and unique collectible crafts.
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Following in the footsteps of her artistic family, Taiwanese jewelry designer Cindy Chao’s designs reflect the skills she learned as an apprentice from her father and have been shown in museums in Tokyo, London and Washington DC. His works are classified in the prestigious Black Label Masterpieces and the more discreet White Label collection.
From his humble beginnings as a bespoke jeweler, Dilys’ has grown over its 30-year history into a designer jewelry brand with a presence in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. All of her custom creations – lavish, contemporary designs imbued with symbolism – are crafted by artisans in a 4,000 square foot workspace in Hong Kong.
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Long-time cultivator of quality watches and jewelry from top brands around the world, in 2018 emperor took the plunge and launched her own fine jewelry brand, Nuò by Cindy Yeung. The offer of President and CEO of the group, Yeung is also the Creative Director of Nuò, and is particularly inspired by his travels. The brand has launched three collections to date – Majestic, Splendor and Immaculate – with a mission to make fine jewelry something for every day.
With a history of 80 years, family jeweler Foo Hang has long been a pioneer, becoming the first to import diamonds directly from South Africa. Today, it offers its discerning international clientele jewelry of timeless elegance and operates manufacturing and exporting services as well as a 3D software design service.
Local designer Austy lee draws on 20 years of experience in the jewelry industry for the creations of its eponymous brand. Lee’s fascination with cultures past and present permeates his designs, from exploring the cultural significance of jade in China to imperial Japanese motifs.
Star Jeweler Anna hu enjoys an excellent international reputation. She has a prominent clientele that includes Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Portman, and also breaks records: At a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong in 2019, one of Hu’s works set the world record for a piece by a contemporary jeweler artist.
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A newcomer to the fine jewelry scene, Kwan House is a labor of love by Simon Kwan, who puts his passion for Chinese art and culture into pieces inspired by nature and wildlife. The brand opened its first boutique at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong in March this year, showcasing a range of unique and limited edition pieces.