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From dainty rings to nature-inspired necklaces, Thai jewelry designers continue to produce the most beautiful and unique of pieces for foreigners and Bangkokians alike to accessorize with. Here, the Thai jewelry designers you need to know.
Sisters Siripim and Naruedee Apinuntakulchai, or Pym and Dee, are the creators of Pym Jewelry. Both siblings studied and majored in jewelry design, where they were able to hone their design and craftsmanship skills while doing what they love to do: make jewelry. Pym Jewelry was later founded in 2010, and the brand already has over 3,000 followers on Instagram. Their styles are developed in both Bangkok and London, where the two siblings make sure no detail is left behind before putting a piece on the market. Their jewelry is so epic, in fact, that they have received awards on several different occasions, including the Designers’ Room award and the Talent Thai award. Their jewelry is available at Siam Center as well as EmQuartier, two of the most luxurious shopping centers in the city.
Matina Amanita’s love for designing jewelry began long ago. She graduated the Parsons School of Design in 2005, and in addition to her own unique collection, Amanita also designs jewelry for the well-known Thai designer brand, Sretsis, which officially launched in 2002. The unconventional Thai brand would not be possible without the help of her two sisters, Pim Sukhahuta who designs all of the clothing, and oldest sister Kly who takes care of all marketing affairs within the brand. The brand name Sretsis was inspired by the power trio, which is the word ‘sisters’ spelled backward.
In addition to her work for Sretsis, Matina’s own collections are both whimsical and charming. She has entire lines dedicated to celebrating jewelry-wearers zodiac signs, others dedicated to the idea of puppy love, and many more.
Nattawat Srinoon got started in the jewelry business after he applied to be part of the jewelry design program at Silpakorn University. The department encourages students to focus on their creative thinking and studio making skills, and Srinoon was able to foster his skills and slowly get into the jewelry-making business. Even though he just recently graduated in 2015, his stunning and unusual pieces of jewelry are already catching the attention of many. He is most inspired by mother nature, as he believes it is one of the most powerful forces there is, and this certainly reflects in his work. His recent collection was actually inspired by rhinoceros beetles, as he found himself intrigued with their texture, details, and make-up.
There are many things Srinoon loves about making jewelry, but his favorite aspect is the time he spends in the studio.
‘I love the time of making jewelry by my own hands, seeing each 2D design and materials turn to jewelry,’ Srinoon said. ‘It’s a lot of challenge in a studio.’
What do Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Osbourne, and Amy Winehouse all have in common? They have all been seen sporting designs by Disaya, a playful yet sophisticated fashion jewelry collection. Creative director and designer Disaya Sorakraikitikul is behind all of the fabulous collections, and her work has been catching the attention of many head honchos, if you will, in the fashion industry. Her pieces have been featured in a number of fashion publications, including Dazed & Confused from the UK. Sorakraikitikul studied at Central Saint Martins College of Fashion and Design in London, England, and she has been making a name for herself ever since. In addition to charming pieces of jewelry, Disaya also designs dresses, skirts, tops, jumpsuits and more that visitors can browse through. Her pieces can be found in five different locations across Bangkok, as well as online on her website.
Jewelry designer and owner of Metal Studio Jewelry in Chiang Mai is Sirilak Samanasak, or Boom Chappell. Her passion for making jewelry is fueled by the world around her, in which she finds no shortage of inspiration for her incredible pieces of work. For over 15 years, she has been creating beautiful pieces of jewelry, and each one of her stones is hand-selected, ensuring that each piece is unique and made with care. Although her background is in painting, she has found that she is easily able to transfer her skills as a painter into her jewelry-making business with ease. Those visitors of the Land of Smiles who do not have time to head all the way up to Chiang Mai will be pleased to hear that almost all of her pieces can be custom ordered on Etsy.