3 High-End Designers I Loved at the 2013 Hong Kong International Jewellery Show

There was no shortage of price point jewels at last week’s Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, but I also spied several firms with higher-end goods worth further investigation. Here are three that I think should be on your radar.

Ed. note: There are no photos here because these firms had no images available.

Green G. This Hong Kong–based designer and manufacturer has well-made, easy-to-appreciate yet distinctive fine jewels. Some of my favorite pieces were colored pavé stack bands, vine-inspired diamond styles that seemingly sprouted from gold wire and contemporary Art Deco numbers with chevron effects in ruby, blue sapphire, and diamond pavé. Bonus: Green G. exhibits at JCK’s LUXURY show—so you can see them there in a few months! (And keep an eye on this space for a profile of the firm.)

Zorab Atelier de Creation This San Diego–based outfit is no stranger to the international show circuit, but their exotic designs stood out even more in the sea of largely conservative styles in Hong Kong. Zorab makes uber-detailed, fairytale-like creations that aren’t for the faint of heart; think ruby-pavé tropical birds with a two-finger wingspan, pastel-hued Easter bunnies poised to sprint from precious metal burrows, and unexpected but crazy cute jewelry crustaceans.

Hatta New World Co. Ltd. Hatta had scrumptious Paraiba jewels in freeform and cabochon shapes. A number of these designs had an Arunashi-like organic sensibility that gave their line an appeal and uniqueness that was ideal for its location in the Hall of Extraordinary. But even its more classic looks like ruby and emerald rings have modern flourishes—pear-shape diamond drop skirts on rings, and bold, color-blocked diamond accents in North-South orientation, 1950s-inspired cluster rings. Hatta has offices in Hong Kong and in Taiwan.