Jewellery design is known to be one of humankind’s oldest art forms. It’s an ancient practice that takes a lot of meticulous attention to detail, creative spirit and technical know-how to make sure each piece is a unique creation, and a representation of the wearer’s personality. In Cape Town, there are several jewellery designers – each with their own style – putting a lot of effort into creating bespoke, hand-made jewellery. And luckily they all have online shops and galleries. Here’s our selection of top local designers to watch.
SMITH is a small design and manufacturing studio in the heart of Cape Town. Owned by well-respected, international designer, Anna Raimondo, SMITH creates unique, hand-made jewellery.
Whether you’re looking for something to commemorate your trip to Africa, a gift, a redesign of an heirloom jewel or help designing the perfect engagement ring, SMITH offers a personalised experience in their little studio. With a large selection of stones on hand, they can source any precious or semi-precious stones you may need for your bespoke design.
Beyond their tailored design service, they also offer a wide selection of pret-a-porter collections sold through local design stores as well as their online shop.
For more information or to view previous commissions, please visit our website.
Address: Dover House, 44 Orange St, Cape Town
Opening Times: Studio visits by appointment only
Online Shop: www.smith-jewellery.com | Email: email@example.com | Tel: 071 313 8649
Kinkel Jewellery is run Marleen Van Wyk – “a creative, ambitious and bubbly lady from Simon’s Town”. After finishing her jewellery design degree at Stellenbosch University, completing a design course in Germany and travelling Europe, she returned to South Africa with the desire to continue her jewellery career, and – following a two-year Goldsmith Internship – Kinkel Jewellery was born.
Inspired by nature and patterns found in our surroundings, such as South Africa’s rich fauna and flora, each piece is handmade with precision. Marleen creates whimsical, creative and elegant jewellery – pieces of art for everybody to wear.
Address: Unit 13, Woodland House, 17 Woodlands Road, Woodstock
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Online Shop: www.kinkeljewellery.co.za | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 084 553 1631
MERAKI JEWELLERY DESIGN
Each Meraki Jewellery Design piece is hand-crafted by Cape Town-based designer, Megan Keyser. After completing a degree in Jewellery Design and Manufacture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2012, she founded Meraki Jewellery Design at the start of 2013. “Meraki” is a word that modern Greeks use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — putting “something of yourself” into your work. With this as inspiration, Megan and her team create delicate, timeless pieces that are influenced by geometric forms, travels and an appreciation for well-made objects and heirlooms.
They pay special attention to detail, and embrace natural imperfections of the materials and hand at work. But most importantly – using raw stones, sterling silver and recycled brass – each piece is designed to be an affirmation of each wearer’s personal style, and age with grace.
Megan also offers a bespoke service specialising in custom designed and hand-crafted commitment, engagement and wedding rings.
Address: 44 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Opening Times: By appointment only.
Online Shop: www.merakijewellerydesign.com | Email: email@example.com | Tel: 082 574 6043
SCARAB JEWELLERY DESIGN
Scarab Jewellery Design was founded by Janine Davidson and, beyond a signature jewellery collection, Scarab Jewellery Design offers specially-crafted, bespoke jewellery design as well as the recycling of existing jewellery.
SCARAB works closely with their clients to create a piece that is uniquely their own, providing a hand-finished alternative to the catalogue jewellery that is commercially available. “We believe that fine jewellery should be accessible to everyone, and our collections aim to cater to a variety of budgets.”
For those who wish to revive an old piece of jewellery – perhaps it’s become old-fashioned or no longer fits – Janine specialises in remodelling, revamping or recycling existing pieces while being highly sensitive to the value, both sentimental and monetary.
Address: 10 Cavendish Street, Claremont
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturdays 9am to 1pm
Dear Rae’s jewellery is inspired by founder Karin Rae Matthee’s diverse background. While she hails from Germanic heritage, she grew up in South Africa and this is reflected in her designs. Although each ring is meticulously crafted and constructed with care, Karin notes that her designs still embody a sense of rawness, and she loves the balance the two. “I think that’s important in life. I think if everything is perfect, it’s boring.” Being a surfer and lover of the outdoors, Karin’s designs are made to be worn every day and to last lifetimes.
Karin’s love for jewellery started at a young age. After school she decided to studied a BA in Fine Art in Jewellery Design at Stellenbosch University. After this, she completed a semester studying jewellery design in Germany and returned to South Africa, ready to launch Dear Rae. Designing each piece herself but working with 12 hand-picked manufacturers at her Cape Town-based studio, she is passionate about empowering South Africans.
Address: 164 Bree St, Cape Town
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, Saturday, 9am to 1pm
Online Shop: www.dearrae.co.za | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 021 447 1390