My top 13 of most favorite Chinese and Taiwanese jewelry designers are composed by a beautiful bunch of brands and designers from mainland China, Hong-Kong and Taiwan. Striking jewelry that is becoming more and more popular all over the world. China might be embracing European luxury brands but Europe and the rest of the world is discovering how much China, Hong-Kong and Taiwan have to offer themselves too! From Wendy Yue to Wallace Chan, from the whimsical designs of Queelin, Bao Bao Wan and many more! Come and explore my personal favorite Chinese and Taiwanese jewelry brands!
This rather young company, has caught my eye every since I saw their panda jewelry. With my ‘’ fetish’’ for everything whimsical or from the animal kingdom, I was immediately intrigued. Queelin was created in 2004 and has joined the Kering group family ( home also to Boucheron, Pomellato). This Chinese jewelry brand is strong on symbolic features.
Although I have mentioned the panda’s and you should definitely check out their other animal jewelry too, it is not just because of the animal jewelry that Queelin kind of captured my jewelry loving heart and keen on great design eye. What I love about Queelin is how playfully they ‘’married’’ traditional symbols with wearable and playful jewelry design. It’s jewelry that one can easily wear during work and daytime too. I really appreciate the translation of ancient symbols, into meaningful gem. My personal favorite? Xi Xi, the Chinese lion! Would definitely wear that cute creature around my neck!
I really dislike the website. I am not fond of black websites in the first place, missing the freshness and more up to date look, but I found it not pleasant to navigate or take a real good look at the jewelry itself. I would love to see a more vibrant site, where I can see the jewelry as enlarged as I wish to and see how it looks on people too.
From a rather young company to a rather old name! Lao Feng Xiang was founded in 1848. This company has a large network of retail stores in mainland China but also in Vancouver, Canada and Sydney, Australia.
Their collections contain something for everyone. There is even a whole range in 24kt gold. I do love their more playful side, which they show with their bubble fish collection and even with their chokers in 24kt gold. But I love them mostly because of the jadeite collection. They have created some gorgeous pieces with this beautiful lush green color.
Again a website that doesn’t look too appealing. It’s not using the full size of my screen and the borders are black. If I think about consumers today, especially Millennials and so on, the site just doesn’t look contemporary. Another point of criticism is that when you try to please a wide range of customers, your collections may become too diverse and not easy to identify the real Lao Feng Xiang
Wallace Chan is one of personal heroes. I absolutely adore his creations and the man himself. Wallace Chan creates jewelry however, that isn’t wearable for most of us. However wonderful, they are always for a very selective group of clients. Most jewelry designers will talk about art, but Wallace is one of the few to really create art that happens to be wearable as jewelry.
What I love mostly about Wallace Chan is his jewelry. Every single piece blows your mind. It’s multi-dimensional, looking differently from every angle. The use of gemstones and the combination of all those vibrant colors. It may look like each stone is there to outshine the other, yet combined they produce this heavenly feast of colors, which in some way makes you think that they have always belonged together. What I also love is his respect for time. It takes time to learn a craft. In a day where immediate measurable results are highly valued, it seems almost absurd to spend 8 years mastering a technique. I have a fondness for everyone who dares to dedicate him- or herself, to really master a craft, a technique or knowledge no matter how many years it takes.
What I also love is the website. As I have mentioned it above, websites are often the first moment a person sees your company. As a jewelry brand you want to seduce, you want to attract and draw people into your world! Just compare the aforementioned brands with Wallace Chan online and you’ll get what I mean.
Price. I do understand the choices one has to make, but a piece of jewelry by Wallace Chan is only for the very rich and famous on this planet. The gap between being humble and a creator of art and the clients, only the very wealthy, could not be bigger. I regret that too many people miss out the opportunity to wear something made by this Master. Understandable, but yes...I do weep a little that I won’t ever be even close to able to afford his jewelry.
Wan Baobao is a jewelry designer, rather than a brand. She has worked with different brands such as Swarovski, ForeverMark and many more and created a small whimsical collection for Yoox too. Les Facettes in Geneva. She is called many names; from a socialite to part of the elite. But she is also a photographer with an eye for capturing beauty in life.
So many delightful, wearable pieces of jewelry! I do love her collection for Les Facettes and kind of am crazy about that doughnut pendant!
Difficult to say. It’s not a designer with website where one can spot a whole collection. Although one can easily find some articles about her, it’s not as easy to find her collections online. Meaning: if you do like her jewelry, you must make an effort to find out how and where you can buy it! Also, the small whimsical collection is coherent enough, but I found some larger pieces too, which I loved. Yet, where does one find them? Today, her own website is no longer online, which suggest she might no longer be working actively in creating new pieces.
Sun Hefang is a Chinese jewelry designer who studied at the Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. During her graduation she got nominated and won the gold medal as Shiny Rising Star. She went back to China and became a jewelry editor for Elle, but with encouragement of her family and friends, and luckily so, she started her own jewelry brand.
She is an artist who is not afraid to embrace the more whimsical, lighthearted pieces of design. I think her jewelry is original and very wearable. They don’t look overly complicated as a design, but remember that leaving out details, yet capturing the essence of an object or subject, in an original way, is way harder than one might think. I see that she is a star at doing exactly this. Yes, I love her cloud earrings, and I love so many of her pieces that I would absolutely love to wear, but I see her art...and admire it very much.
Google Hefang and you will get directed to some sites that have nothing to do with her. If you do find her own website, it’s all in Chinese with no button to switch to English. Why??! :-)
I met Wendy Yue at VicenzaOro. As a tall Dutch woman, I always am slightly intimidated by these slender, extremely elegant women from China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. Wendy is a sophisticated and a very kind, soft spoken but very strong and independent woman and a wonderful designer. I love her jewelry! Ok, so it’s very outspoken and bold, but look at those rings, those bracelets!
Dramatic, bold, outspoken and colorful. What’s not to love? But of course, Wendy’s jewelry is not just that. This Hong Kong based jewelry designer is genius at making these outspoken jewelry pieces very wearable and the jewelry is simply very well made. The website is very beautiful and draws you into her world. You can even find some prices there, something too many jewelry brands are being way too long mysterious about in their communications.
This is jewelry for a high-end clientele. It’s not even criticism, but for most of us, this is jewelry to admire, aspire but most probably never possess. ;-)
I spoke to Anna Hu on the first of January when most of you were still asleep! What a woman! Strong, accomplished so much already and very much her own woman. She started out as a very promising cellist, but due to an injury caused practising too hard. This hole in her heart was filled later by studying jewelry design and today Anna is a very accomplished, well-known and highly appreciated high-end Taiwanese born jewelry designer.
Everything! From the woman she is to the designer she has become. I found her commitment to what she does very inspiring. I love her jewelry purely for the wonderful design and execution. She plays with gemstones and one can spot her classical upbringing at Harry Winston, yet she is much more daring in many of her designs.
Again so very hard, but if I have one, it would be the static website!
Michelle Ong is a designer from Hong Kong and the woman behind Carnet Jewellery. Again, a strong woman with a vision. She never planned to become a jewelry designer. But her pet hobby became her work. She creates stunning pieces of jewelry and does so whilst also being deeply involved in philanthropy and having a family.
I love the richness of her designs. Nothing is too obvious, nothing is made easy. Everything is looking detailed and rich. I don’t know why that word springs to my mind when I look at her design, but it does.
Once again, the website. It doesn’t look appealing in my eyes. Dark, with small pictures and it just doesn’t do anything for the brand!
Chow Tai Fook is a very important player in the Chinese jewelry retail world. With over a 1000 stores in mainland China, this is one huge company and part of an even larger conglomerate company. Chow Tai Fook also produced their own high-end jewelry collection and that is what got them into this list in the first place. Because those pieces are so wonderful!
Drama! I love the drama in their high-end necklaces so much! I love especially those pieces that have that drop down effect and all these different layers of striking colors and beautiful design.
The pieces that I show here are extraordinary pieces that really stand out. Most of the jewelry is much more classic. Not a point of criticism really, but just making you aware of not expecting just this kind of jewelry! Most of the pieces on the website and instore are, in fact, more wearable and less pricey than the one of a kind pieces featured here.
Zhaoyi Xintiandi Jewelry Co., Ltd. was formed in Beijing in 2003.. The company integrates jewelry design, haute couture design, jewelry manufacturing, jewelry retailing, and brand promotion. Everything this company does is about Jadeite.
I love the stone itself so much and I love how Zhaoyi dedicates itself to creating jewelry that honors this gemstone. Their jewelry meets the taste of the world and is surely not limited to China.
I couldn’t find the website and when I did, it gave an error. A hint of not being in business anymore or?
Cindy Chao has been influenced by her grandfather, a Taiwanese architect of temples and a parent who worked as a sculptor. This helped her to develop her keen eye for beauty and art. Cindy Chao has captured her imagination of how jewelry should look in her eyes in her two collections; Black Label Masterpieces, and the White Label Collection. A high-end designer creating museumworthy jewelry.
Every single piece is meticulously designed. Looking like nature itself; frivolous with moving, fluid shaped edges. The pieces almost seem alive! Sounds crazy? What do you see when you observe her jewelry?! The website and the photography of the pieces on the website looks amazing!
Apart from it all being very high-end and thus not within reach for most budgets, I do not have any criticism.
Yewn is jewelry company founded by Dickson Yewn, an accomplished painter turned into jewelry designer. His jewelry is sold in only a handful of very exclusive stores.
It's often hard to point out why, but sometimes you kind of 'feel' it when someone was a painter before. Perhaps it's the way they look themselves at jewelry? I may not be able to put my finger on it, but I am delighted by many of the designs and I like the square rings as worn by Michelle Obama, meeting the Queen of England. But I love the Imperial Amulet collection most.
Here we go again, but the online presence could be far better. The site is not black, but brown and the jewelry, in my humble opinion, should be sharper, larger and better described. Nothing comes to life, which is such a pity!
Edward Chiu was a brilliant jewelry designer from Hong Kong. He passed away, but his family still runs his business today. Birds were his trademark, but he was famous also for his use of different shades of jade.
Although I love many of his designs, it is the lavender jade creations that captured my heart!
Again, the website. There is one website, which is completely blurred, with low resolution pictures and another with just a text. This is not branding and not good marketing. Also again, people will check a website first!
I always love to know which one is your favorite and especially: why! I also think I might have left out someone who I should have included :-) If you know a brand or designer that, according to you, is worth checking out, then please do let me know!
Thanks for reading and I hope you loved the jewelry!