Splurge on these pieces and admire the workmanship of these talented Filipinas.
When it comes to unique designs and craftsmanship, the Philippines is a treasure trove for one-of-a-kind products. The statement-making jewelry from these ultra-talented Filipina designers are just some examples. In need of a finishing touch to that outfit or even a conversation-starter at a party? These jewelry designs have got you covered!
If you’re looking for trendy, dated items, you won’t find them here as these pieces are special, made with love, and are totally worth the splurge! Get to know these five designers behind those treasured pieces.
1. J Makitalo by Joyce Makitalo
To say Joyce’s designs are non-traditional is an understatement. Her pieces are far from dainty with their rare shapes, bright stones, and inspiration from past eras combined with a look to futurism. It’s this complex blend of raw and sleek that make her pieces totally eye-catching! Her awards and exposure—even abroad—already had us convinced, but her signature knuckle dusters sealed the deal for sure!
2. Joanique by Malou Romero
Before Malou Romero included bags to her roster of designs, Joanique was all about jewelry. To this day, her line of accessories is striking with a rock star-like edge, but are accented with fine jewelry details that give it a classy finish. Adorn your fingers with her Baguis rings—reminiscent of an owl’s face, this piece is made with sterling silver, black onyx, and orange aventurine.
Available at www.joanique.com and Cura V, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati, Metro Manila
3. Nicole Whisenhunt
Creating jewelry just naturally happened for Nicole Whisenhunt; what started off as a hobby evolved into her bread and butter today. Nicole’s first designs were embroidered neckpieces that could pass as dramatic artworks and were intricate statements unto themselves. Her collections have since toned down and progressed to the Art Deco-inspired wearable fine jewelry designs she showcases today.
4. Riqueza by Erica Concepcion Reyes
Unlike her contemporaries that focus on creating modern jewelry, Erica Concepcion Reyes looks to the past for inspiration. Her limited-edition designs under the brand Riqueza features vintage materials but made new with beads, crystals, and semi-precious stones. Echoing the glamor of the 1950s and 1960s, Riqueza features tambourine earrings, necklaces with cameos, and a lot of pieces infused with religious artifacts and Filipino tradition—all made fashionable, of course!
5. Natalya Lagdameo
Featuring mostly gold pieces combined with pearls and even fabrics like piña, Natalya Lagdameo’s designs boast a distinct characteristic for each individual piece. Crafted with traditional jewelry-making elements and techniques, Natalya’s takes inspiration from the past and combines that with her interior design expertise. Wear her pieces everyday and instantly up the ante of any ensemble.
Available at natalyalagdameo.com and Cura V, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati, Metro Manila