There are as many jewellery labels as K-pop bands. So we’ve curated two with real talent and identity. Yard Yarn and Dvibhumi are not entirely fresh names, but their designers have consistently eschewed trends to focus on their own cachet instead – readily apparent when you catch their latest works.
The metal parts that touch the skin are stainless steel.
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Designer: Genevieve Tan, 31, started her label in 2015 with totes before switching her focus to jewellery six months later. It’s a one-woman operation – Tan conceptualises and handmakes all the pieces.
Signatures: Versatile, industrial-meetsfeminine jewellery that’s always light (less than 100g), comfortable, and wearable in multiple ways. Tan uses a double clasp system or functional cord stoppers on selected necklace designs. The former lets you easily change chains (sold individually at www.yard-yarn.com), while the latter allows the necklace to be worn in various ways (see Tan demonstrate the versatility of her designs in our digital edition). Materials used: faux suede cords, lightweight beads and hardware, and dressmaking elements like grommets and cord stoppers.
Latest collection: Inspired by blooms.
Prices: Earrings, $18-$38; necklaces, $38-$58.
Designer: Singaporebased Vyshnavi N Doss, 35, who grew up in India.
Signatures: Sterling silver pieces made in India and Indonesia, inspired by everyday life, the arts and architecture.
Latest collection: Ruchi, which includes earrings, necklaces, rings and bangles modelled after the varied shapes of South Indian snacks and kitchen tools. The earrings pictured are like mini belans, the traditional Indian rolling pins. From www.dvibhumi.com.