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Bespoke Engagement Rings for the Unconventional Bride

Looking for unique, rare gemstones? These bespoke jewellery houses understand your heart’s desire for one-of-a-kind pieces.
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The engagement is your first step as a couple towards marriage. Of course, you want it to be special and memorable! So why go down the conventional route when you can have the bespoke experience and customise a piece of jewellery that is truly personal to your journey?

Here is a list of local bespoke jewellery houses that understand your heart’s desire and offer unique, rare gemstones to create your engagement ring that is one-of-a-kind!

1. LES PRECIEUX

LES PRECIEUX is a private bespoke jeweller that specializes in creating exceptional sapphire, precious gemstone and diamond engagement rings. Known for their modern vintage designs, the "Classic LES PRECIEUX" bespoke pieces are created to last for generations with the belief that classic never goes out of style. 

All precious and semi-precious gemstones from LES PRECIEUX are 100% eye clean, natural and free from any treatment. Handpicked by gemological experts, every gemstone undergoes a dynamic process from direct mine sourcing and rough processing to cutting and polishing by master cutters to maximize their colour, clarity and brilliance. 

Vanilla Luxury: What are the current trends you see for engagement rings?

Janice Lee: Undoubtedly over the past decade, there has been a paradigm shift from purchasing a traditional diamond engagement ring off retail stores to bespoke personalised pieces centred with sapphires, padparadschas and precious gemstones like alexandrites, rubies and emeralds. Even more so in recent years, semi-precious gemstones like spinels, tourmalines, aquamarines, morganites and garnets are popular with couples due to their affordability, colours and clarity. Most of these belong to the rare 1% unheated category as 99% of sapphires and gemstones are all heated in the market. 

Enjoy a highly personalised and private consultation by co-founder Ms Janice Lee in the comfort of LES PRECIEUX’s boutique. Consultations are via appointment only, Monday-Friday 3pm to 7pm and Saturday from 2pm to 5pm. WhatsApp (+65) 96473 2673 or email enquiry@lesprecieux.com to arrange a viewing.

2. MADLY Bespoke Jeweler

Breaking free from the norms of fine jewellery, MADLY is known for its bright and colourful bespoke jewellery. The ‘classic MADLY’ style features an extraordinary gemstone of exceptional brilliance and often embraces asymmetrical designs where stones are set slightly askew and occasionally a little off-centred, perfect for the unconventional bride looking for something unique.

Founder of MADLY, Maddy Barber’s love for jewellery and knowledge of gemstones have translated into unique, collectable jewellery pieces in bright, vivid and joyful colours. The folks at MADLY start with educating you on the various gemstone so you know exactly what you are buying. From rare gemstones including the coveted Padparadscha and elusive Alexandrite - the finest grade Sapphires, Garnets, Spinels, and Tourmalines (just to name a few) to quality craftsmanship, you’ll easily find something to custom make your engagement ring.

Vanilla Luxury: What are the current trends you see for engagement rings?

Maddy Barber: I feel that the current so-called “trend” of choosing bespoke jewellery is THE future and it’s here to stay. Now that couples know that they can be a part of the journey; and have something different that is significant and personal to them be it the design, colour, shape and an array of stone types (or birthstones), why would anyone go for generic off-the-shelf solitaire rings that look just like the next one, if you had a choice? 

Viewings are by appointment only. Opening hours are Monday and Saturday from 10am to 7pm. Click here or call (+65) 6650 1544 or email create@madlygems.com to book a slot.

3. Calla Lily Fine Jewellers

A deep love for colour, design, and storytelling is what drives the team at bespoke jeweller Calla Lily. The studio, known for its classic, feminine yet whimsical designs, was founded by Emily Tan, a graduate gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) who has trained with respected artisans in the trade. With a background in interior design and architecture, co-designer Anita Shewchuk brings distinct shapes and lines to their creations.

At Calla Lily, every piece begins with a conversation. No idea is too outlandish, no detail too insignificant, and no occasion too small to mark. Whether you’re new to gems, an ardent gemstone-lover, or are looking to breathe new life into old pieces, Emily and Anita can help you create a piece of beauty and personality.

Vanilla Luxury: What are the current trends you see for engagement rings?

Emily Tan: Couples want to mark this milestone with a unique piece, and many are looking beyond the Big Four – diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies – and towards garnets, spinels and tourmalines in rare and unusual hues.

What is especially popular right now are bi-coloured gemstones that appear different under varying lighting and angles. The Malaia Garnet, for instance, shifts from peach to mauve, and the Burmese Grey Spinel can appear more grey or lavender depending on the lighting. These “interactive” experiences also extend to Teal Sapphires, which take on varying intensities of greenish-blue, and unheated Tanzanites, which can shift from greyish- to greenish-blue. No two stones are exactly the same, making them a true celebration of a unique union.

Studio consultations, which run from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm, Mondays to Saturdays, are by appointment only. Click here or Whatsapp/call (+65) 9772 9392 or email sparkle@callalily.sg to book a slot.

4. Elverd Designs Gemstone Jewellery

Elverd Designs grew from an intense passion to create beautiful collectable, contemporary and affordable gemstone jewellery. Natalie Elverd, the Australian jewellery designer behind Elverd Designs, draws inspiration from architecture, travel, and vintage aesthetic details. All the jewellery pieces are handcrafted with ethically sourced, premium quality gemstones in solid sterling silver or rhodium plating, solid gold and gold plating.

Natalie also offers a personal shopping service, where she sources gemstones for you to create one-of-a-kind custom bespoke pieces from her jewellery design collection. Each custom bought gemstone is independently tested and appraised in a lab and arrives to you with a certificate. All the jewellery pieces are handcrafted with ethically sourced, premium quality gemstones in sterling silver with rhodium plating or solid gold.

Vanilla Luxury: What are the current trends you see for engagement rings?

Natalie Elverd: We’re seeing a shift away from the traditional single diamond solitaire style as customers favour coloured gemstone designs to express their own personal style. It’s such an exciting time for me as a jewellery designer to be working with my passion and create unique pieces for our customers which hero coloured gemstones. There really are no rules and we can work with a wide range of budgets in all gold colours.

Some recent pieces have featured stunning London Blue Topaz, Black Onyx, Morganite, Tanzanite, Peridot and Emeralds. We have some special rings ready to shop now from our new location in Raffles Hotel Arcade at TheAC.

Stop by their boutiques and discover these and more or view the collection online at www.elverddesigns.com.

5. KINCHOS Jewellery

Born and raised in cosmopolitan Singapore, chief designer of KINCHOS, Basil Leong’s designs reflect the vibrant and dynamic melting pot of cultures. His collections are classic and elegant, with a refreshing modernised twist. Basil is personally involved in every step of jewellery production, from sourcing the gemstones and designing to the inspection of the finished pieces. His ample knowledge of gemstones and jewellery promises the assurance of quality for you.

As a private bespoke jewellery design company,  KINCHOS uses 3D aided computerised designs to bring your dream engagement ring to life.  All the designs are currently made exclusively in Singapore, supporting local industries and craftsmanship.

Vanilla Luxury: What are the current trends you see for engagement rings?

Basil Leong: Halo rings remain the mainstay for most engagement ring designs, although 0.25 to 0.5 cttw solitaires are growing in demand. The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan Markel featured coloured stones.

Whilst not considered mainstream in Singapore, there is also a growing trend of using coloured gemstones and coloured diamonds, especially well-cut grey diamonds. Some of our customers have asked for selections of black diamonds as well for their engagement rings. Eternity guard rings are always an alternative to the woman who enjoys understated bling as her engagement ring.

Consultations are by appointment only. Click here or call (+65) 9335 4380 or send a direct message via their Facebook and Instagram.

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Aditi Kashyap

12 Jul 2019, 10:00 AM

Aditi is the Associate Editor at Vanilla Luxury. She loves to travel and has an obsession with rooftop bars and chasing sunsets. Follow her adventures on Instagram @heydeets.