13 Local Fine Jewelry Designers Trusted by Manila's Most Discerning
When it comes to fine jewelry, the source is as important as the design. Below, we list down thirteen local jewelers who can always be counted on to deliver timeless, breathtaking pieces.
Luxury brand Jewelmer maintains its internationally acclaimed status by working with the finest cultured South Sea pearls in its collections. The star gem in its arsenal is the Golden South Sea Pearl. Ushering the pearl into the modern world, Jewelmer thoughtfully sets its precious stones in contemporary designs. With a design philosophy pegged after the ateliers at the Place Vendôme in Paris, France, and all the natural resources that come from some of the world’s top pearl farms in Palawan, Jewelmer deserves all its global success.
2/F Shangri-La at the Fort, 3rd Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City
After receiving a pack of pearls from her husband, Mila Dayrit immediately worked on putting together a collection revolving around her precious stones. Her designs garnered so much attention that close friends began commissioning her to create their jewelry. Fifty years and 10 boutiques later, Dayrit’s once small business continues to thrive in the hands of her five children. The heritage brand continues its founder’s vision of creating elegant jewelry created from premium materials and out of love.
House of Miladay, 150 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati, 890.7738
Recognized for its whimsical designs, De Capricho stands out for its imaginative settings. The family-owned jewelry house prides itself on using only quality gems and enlisting Filipino goldsmiths to handcraft every piece displayed at its store in Rockwell.
5/F Podium South, Joya Lofts & Towers, 28 Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati, 846.8607
Jul B. Dizon
Jul B. Dizon transformed the landscape of jewelers in the country when she launched her namesake business 40 years ago. Characterized by bold designs and vibrantly colored stones, Dizon’s pieces can be spotted a mile away. Before she passed away, the matriarch educated the next generation in the family-run business. For the brand's 40th anniversary, the Dizon children paid tribute to their mother by recreating and reinterpreting her most iconic designs.
Edsa Shangri-La, 1 Garden Way Road, Mandaluyong, 886.4638
Nicole Whisenhunt marked a milestone when she opened her first boutique at Power Plant Mall earlier this year. Her journey into fine jewelry began in
She releases a collection of 24 pieces annually, with the boutique housing three main collections: Contemporary, Wedding Annex, and Heirloom. However, she’s also well-known for her superb bespoke pieces. With an impeccable taste in Old World styles, the designer has a recognizable knack for turning her clients’ keepsakes into modern accessories.
2/F Power Plant Mall, Makati, [email protected]
Originally an industrial designer, Dee’s first foray into jewelry design was met with
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Gemologist and jewelry designer Paul Syjuco works closely with his clients to ensure that the pieces he produces for them uniquely reflect their personalities. The fine jewelry designer recently rebranded with a website optimized for e-commerce and launched a 50-piece collection called Moderne last year.
The Peninsula Manila, Makati Avenue, Makati, 812.3456, www.paulsyjuco.com
Erica Concepcion Reyes, the jewelry designer behind Riqueza, has an eye for detail and has an affinity with intriguing antique materials, which she often incorporates into her collections. She’s perfectly comfortable working with 18-karat gold, diamonds, and other precious stones for her signature retro style pieces.
E-mail [email protected]
Hoseki Jewelry Art
For over 20 years, jeweler Hoseki has been advocating the craft of jewelry as an art form. The brand was first under the jewelry designer Fai Co, who has been training young designers to carry on its legacy in the Philippines. The award-winning jeweler makes use of modern, technological methods in creating its pieces and has been a regular fixture at international exhibitions in the world’s top cities.
The Podium, 12 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, 634.1736, hosekijewelryart.com
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Janina Dizon is excelling in the local jewelry scene with almost 11 years of experience under her belt. The third-generation jeweler realized her talent for
Janina Dizon, The Peninsula Manila, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati, 845.0139
In 1967, work took Swiss jewelry designer Hans Brumann to the Philippines and he fell in love with the country. A little over a decade later, Brumann set up his first store in Makati in 1978. His works were an instant hit among Manila’s elite and expatriates, for whom he designed bespoke pieces of jewelry. All his daring pieces are worthy investments ready to be passed on to the next generation as a prized heirloom.
Makati Shangri-La, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati, 813.5035
Now on its third generation of owners, T. Florencio is headed by Mia Florencio and her younger brothers. Her mother, Corazon Florencio, inherited the business from her own parents, goldsmith Benigno and jeweler Balbina Matheu. In terms of style, T. Florencio designs have always struck a fine balance between the innovative and the sentimental using the highest grade jewels.
A true entrepreneur, Kristine Yang launched Kristine Jewelry even before her husband, George Yang, had franchised
G/F Newport Mall, 1309 Newport Blvd, Newport, Pasay, 659 4583