If your jewellery box is bursting with vintage trinkets, bohemian beads and colourful gems then you better make room for some fresh new brands that have recently come across our radar.

The free-spirited selection from all corners of the world will make you feel like you’re carrying your very own piece of paradise everywhere you go. Wearing something from Suzanne Kalan is like wearing bursts of fireworks on your skin, while the whimsical pieces from Yvonne Léon will bring just the right amount of magic to your outfit.

Beirut-based label Mukhi Sisters focus on talisman pieces that celebrate heritage and family. A sense of spirituality moves through Marie Lichtenberg’s array of charms and bracelets – think of them as an elevated take on a friendship bracelet.

Colour plays a key role in Katerina Makriyianni’s pieces, as it does in Musa By Bobbie stackable selection. Tohum pieces, meanwhile, incorporate Murano glass and wooden beads.

Suzanne Kalan

 

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Suzanne Kalan has over 28 years of experience in jewellery making and is one of a few to use colourful semi-precious baguette-cut stones in such a unique way. Her pieces look scattered yet perfectly balanced as she plays with dynamic settings and imaginative cuts in her LA studio.

Nadine Aysoy

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Nadine Aysoy follows in the footsteps of her grandfather P. N. Ferstenberg and works closely with skilled craftsmen at ateliers in Antwerp to create classic rings, necklaces and bracelets with a twist.

Yvonne Léon

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Coming from a jewellery family Yvonne Léon grew up surrounded by dazzling objects. Through her collection, she pays tribute to the flea markets of France and the contents of jewellery boxes found in her grandmother’s attic. Expect handmade whimsical gold earrings, necklaces and rings incorporating pearls and precious stones.

Mukhi Sisters

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We love uncovering brands in the region and Lebanon has long been known as one of the top destinations for jewellery. It’s fair to say that the founders, Maya Mukhi alongside her sisters Meena and Zeenat, were born to work in jewellery – their father Chandru comes from a long line of Indian jewellers tracing back to 1875 and their mother Effat Kreidie has been working with precious stones in Beirut since 1982. With their talismanic qualities, the pieces celebrate craftsmanship.

Marie Lichtenberg

 

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Coming from an editorial background, Marie Lichtenberg wanted to celebrate the spiritual nature of jewellery. You can look forward to a collection of 18th century-inspired lockets and charms are cast from 9kt gold, hand engraved and set with precious stones, then strung onto coloured silk thread – citing the ancient Hindu prayer ritual of Kautuka.

Katerina Makriyianni

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Greek jeweller Katerina Makriyianni is another creative to come from a gemstone background. She did divert to do a course in design and engraving, but then came back to jewellery making. Her beach-friendly pieces feature pendants, fringing and plenty of colour.

Musa By Bobbie

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Bobbie van der Vlugt explores the mystical adage of a stone’s healing quality with her jewellery label Musa, the Spanish word for ‘muse’. Born in Miami to Cuban parents, the designer takes inspiration from her travels across Africa and Asia to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Stackable and bold, these items look particularly great with a crisp white shirt.

Tohum

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Verda Alaton creates characterful jewellery pieces for her label Tohum by drawing on her love of travel and interest in how body adornment acts as a powerful form of self-expression in many cultures around the world. Browse bohemian necklaces and bracelets incorporating Murano glass and wooden beads, conveying a sense of balance.

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