Singapore offers some of the best fine jewellery shopping to be found anywhere in the world. From local labels to the best international names, we’ve rounded up some of the most stunning pieces of jewellery to buy on your trip to the Lion City
When it comes to shopping for fine jewellery, Singapore is a fantastic city, home to boutiques from leading local labels as well as the best brands from across the world. Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone special, a standout piece to add to your collection, or a souvenir of your time in the Lion City, Singapore’s jewellery scene offers something for everyone.
French maison Chanel is one of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses, and its fine jewellery collection is just as covetable and stylish as its ready-to-wear. This season, look out for the Coco Crush collection, which translates the quilted look – found famously on Chanel’s 2.55 handbag – into fine jewellery.
Quilting was one of founder Coco Chanel’s favourite techniques, inspired by the padding often used in her beloved equestrianism. It has found its way into countless Chanel creations over the decades, and now adorns Coco Crush rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. The latest additions to the range include a two-row pendant chain, available with or without diamonds, and a striking five-row ring that alternates bands of ‘quilted’ gold and diamonds. The collection comprises pieces in both white and yellow 18-carat gold and also a selection in 18-carat beige gold. The latter is an alloy exclusive to Chanel, a nod to Coco Chanel’s affinity with the beige hue.
Diamond lovers should be sure to seek out Lee Hwa Jewellery, a Singaporean brand that offers some of the only diamonds in the world to be awarded the Ultimate 3 light performance grading by diamond expert Sarine Diamond Technology. The brand’s Destinée diamonds originate from Belgium and have a brilliance unlike that of any other, made possible by a unique cut and an exquisite polish; the process can only be achieved by the most skilled artisans and takes five times longer than a standard round brilliant cut.
To celebrate this achievement, Lee Hwa launched the Destinée Promise collection, comprising a ring, a pendant necklace and a pair of stud earrings that all feature these dazzling stones. Inspired by love and set in white and rose gold, each piece shows hearts from every angle; in profile, white gold bands loop into hearts, while from the top, heart-shaped settings cradle the diamond. These are the perfect pieces to show your love for someone special.
Another Singaporean diamond expert is Goldheart, whose Celestial Star diamond is the world’s first 73-facet starburst cut diamond. Its unique cut gives it an incredible brilliance that makes it perfect for a sparkling engagement ring. Be sure to enquire about these outstanding gems.
Goldheart also excels in manipulating fine metals, as its Mode collection demonstrates: exceptional pieces are made using 916 gold. Also known as 22 carat, this quality of gold is extremely fine and valuable – and notoriously difficult to work with. Goldheart’s innovative approaches – which include combining 916 gold with strong and luxurious titanium – allow the brand to present intricate, showstopping pieces previously unachievable using gold of this purity.
The elegant Alhambra collection by Van Cleef & Arpels celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. Created by the French jewellery maison in 1968, the range is inspired by the four-leaf clover, a universal symbol of luck and good fortune. To celebrate the half-century milestone of this ever-popular motif, the brand has added a range of new pieces to the permanent Alhambra collection, each of which encapsulates the use of rare, luxurious materials and the exquisite craftsmanship that have long characterised the house.
The Vintage Alhambra long necklace and bracelet and the Magic Alhambra earrings are the three styles that have been updated for this collection. They are available in two beautiful combinations of materials: rose gold, grey mother-of-pearl and diamonds, or white gold, black onyx and diamonds. Two exceptional limited-edition variations of the Vintage Alhambra long necklace and bracelet are also available. One juxtaposes the brightness of yellow gold with the deep blue of lapis lazuli and the sparkle of diamonds. The other enhances the shine and near-transparency of rock crystal with diamonds, and is again set in yellow gold. Whether you’re a long-time fan of Alhambra or discovering the collection for the first time, these pieces are a must for your jewellery collection.
With all this and more on offer, be sure to explore the fine jewellery offerings of Singapore during your visit. You are more than likely to find the perfect piece to add to your collection.