With Christmas fast approaching, gift season beckons the start of our present-hunting journey. Jewellery always makes a great gift for the ladies – be they friends, family or your significant other, so we’ve narrowed down a list of our favourite pieces and recommendations from the experts themselves, and come up with a mini jewellery gift guide to make your shopping quick and easy.
Embrace Jewellery | Unique, stylish, affordable
Looking for unique gifts that won’t break the bank? Check out this multi-label jewellery store, where you’ll find an array of affordable pieces starting from $50. Handcrafted in sterling silver with gold or rose gold accents, and featuring natural gem stones, the elegant designs are great for everyday wear.
A word with the owner, Shareen Wong
“Embrace Jewellery came about when I went on a solo round-the-world trip after my divorce. I discovered lovely and unique jewellery on my travels and was determined to showcase some of the best designers and pieces I saw, all under one roof – that was over eight years ago! Embrace Jewellery is for the confident woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to wear what she loves. Christmas is usually a crazy, hectic time in retail. But its also a time of reflection, celebration and time with family and friends.”
391 Orchard Road
Takashimaya Level 3, The Giftbox
Ngee Ann City
Holland Road Shopping Mall
211 Holland Ave, #02-04
1 Kim Seng Promenade, #02-K4
Lustre | Affordable contemporary gemstones
If you’re looking for an alternative to the usual silver or gold accessories, gemstones are a great option. Founded in 2011, Lustre delivers quality contemporary semi-precious jewellery at affordable prices. The stones are sourced from India and design inspirations are taken from all around the world.
A word with the founder and designer, Anaita Thakkar
“These earrings make for a gorgeous gift for women of all ages. They’re great for anyone who wants to make a statement without being too loud. I also love the Neptune Cuffs from our Neptune Collection ($172), as they too are elegant and timeless. Christmas, to me, is a time for sharing, giving and celebrating a year well spent. It’s a time of gratitude and reflection.”
115 Amoy Street,
Polysemy Jewellery | Timeless, versatile, meaningful
Polysemy stocks simple jewellery pieces that work well with many outfits. We’re eyeing this black cuff from their Childhood Memories collection! Inspired by a childhood pastime of making bracelets out of rubber bands, this unique design is a throwback to younger, carefree days.
A word with the founder, Laura Vlad
“Our pieces are easy to wear, day to night pieces with stories to tell. From that special sparkle to elevate your party outfit to meaningful tags of life, our jewellery makes for great gifts for your mum, best friend or yourself. Christmas is all about love – love for your family, your friends or your significant other. Christmas is the time when we all open our hearts a little bit more to give and receive love. I’m overwhelmed with smiles just thinking of the holiday season coming up!”
Stones that Rock | Elegant, timeless, versatile
If you’re a regular reader of the mag, you would know how much we dig this indie jewellery label. Featuring hand-selected fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones and crystals, augmented with silver, silk or leather, the pieces offer a modern twist on classic favourites.
A word from the directory, Leah Lambert
“Forget diamonds as a girl’s best friend; these oversized freshwater pearls will transform any outfit and inject classy into your look! Available in white or black, this bracelet comes with a round magnetic clasp and is perfect for any woman who loves pearls. Christmas is a special time when we get together with our family and friends and enjoy timeless traditions – cooking festive dishes, choosing and dressing our tree, wrapping gifts and stuffing stockings. We also take the time to remember and give thanks for all we have.”
19 Jalan Kilang Barat,
#02-06 Acetech Centre
Taula Jewellery | Contempory, classy, accessible
If you’re looking for a gift for a fun-loving girlfriend, the range of colourful yet chic designs from this label will definitely fit the bill. From Brazilian amethyst to Sri Lankan topaz, Taula combines precious and semi-precious gemstones with metal alloys, silver and gold for a classic-meets-modern touch.
A word with the founder and director, Kanika Mittal
“Set in 18 karat yellow gold plated brass and embellished with rich hues of amethyst beads and round amethyst stones, this handmade necklace is striking yet classy. It’s the perfect gift for the women you love, respect or appreciate. The wondrous season of Christmas is all about giving back and being thankful for life’s greatest joys. It’s also the perfect opportunity to show our appreciation to the most important people in our lives.”
Lucky Plaza #B1-73
304 Orchard Rd
Shopping at Tiffany’s | Fresh, glamorous, carefree
A treasure trove of comfortable dresses, stylish separates and chic accessories, Shopping at Tiffany’s is a one-stop shopping haven for women of all ages. Gift idea for the young and bold at heart? This gorgeous pair of fringe earrings.
A word with the owner, Tiffany Maughan
“Gifts should be something indulgent that you don’t necessarily “need” but you just have to have, and we think this pair of earrings fit the bill. They look great with a boho beach babe look, or when paired with a sleek little black dress for an edge. They are so versatile, and can be paired with so many different looks. For me, Christmas is spending time with loved ones and enjoying the good things in life.”
163 Tanglin Rd
#02-03 Tanglin Mall
1 Kim Seng Promenade
#01-17B Great World City
White Ginger | Timeless, elegant, effortless
This resort label may be popular for their flowy dresses and beautiful tops, but did you know they’ve also got a line-up of lovely accessories? We’ve got our eye on the tassle necklaces, but this multi-stone bracelet is a winner, too! Psst… Check out their spiffy, just-relaunched website!
A word with the owner, Emma Femminile
“Containing four semi precious stones set in a 14 carat gold filled bangle (it won’t tarnish!), this is a stunning gift that can be worn on any occasion. The bangle is for every stylish female you know. Christmas, to me, is about cherishing family, along with lots of laughter and eating. It’s also time of reflection and contemplation, and of course, Christmas music. I love Christmas carols!”
03-04 Tanglin Mall
163 Tanglin Road