The fine jewelry can blind in Hong Kong. Local chains Chow Tai Fook and Larry are everywhere, and you’ll see familiar international brands like Tiffany & Co. and Cartier, too. But for something a little more special, try one of these boutiques:
Edward Chiu creates showstopping pieces in jade — black, white, red, lavender and green — trimmed with diamonds and rubies and pearls (oh my!). You’ll find his shop in Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.
For more than 50 years, K.S. Sze & Sons has served a demanding and loyal local clientele in shops around town, including The Peninsula Hong Kong and the IFC Mall. The boutique displays a fine collection of diamonds, gemstones and jade. Custom design and refurbishment services are also available.
Qeelin’s designs incorporate traditional Chinese elements, but the results are utterly contemporary and opulent. A lion’s head becomes a swinging pendant draped with diamonds; a longevity lock is rimmed with rubies.
Ronald Abram is known for colored gemstones, but his diamonds are stunners, too. He also sells a collection of vintage art deco pieces. Two small boutiques (in the Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula hotels) offer discreet service.