Image: © Alexandre Hekkers
Whether you choose gemstones or diamonds, when picking out an engagement or wedding ring you not only want the design to suit you, but it should also be original. These nine up-and-coming Belgian jewelers create rings – custom or otherwise – that are sure to get you noticed. For a necklace, bracelet or earrings to wear on your wedding day, you’ve also come to the right place with the professionals below.
Since 2013, Laurence Delvallez launches three jewelry collections per season. In her atelier in Waregem, she designs statement jewelry with a focus on color, texture and with extra attention to wearing comfort.
Her jewelry is extra lightweight, anti-allergic and nickel-free. Each piece is made of 925 sterling silver with an 18K gold coating. Delvallez first released a bridal collection of earrings last year, inspired by the wedding dresses of designer Delphine Manivet. Ideal for the bride who is not afraid to make a statement on her wedding day.
Price range: between € 50 and € 200
Celine Daoust from Brussels set up her label back in 2009, but it seems that she is only now really breaking through with her colorful creations. Several times a year, she travels to Jaipur to select gemstones which she then works into her jewels, each one handmade. Her favorite stone to work with is the tourmaline where green and pink tones come together in one stone.
Price range: between € 175 and € 9.000
Anne Wauters did an internship with the Antwerp goldsmith Pascale Masselis and focuses mainly on wedding and engagement rings and other occasion jewelry that she makes to measure. In addition to the custom work, a small timeless collection has emerged which you can discover in her webshop. Everything is made in her own workshop, which ensures a personal approach with her customers.
Price range: between € 75 and € 500
Manon Barelli decided shortly after her studies in interior architecture to change course and go full steam ahead for her passion – jewelry. The Neerpelt-based designer is known for her abstract and minimalist designs that you can discover in her webshop, but also her custom jewelry are all gems.
Price range: between € 50 and € 200
Elliot & Ostrich
Don’t get caught out by this label’s international-sounding name. Elliot & Ostrich is Belgian through and through. Jennifer Elliot only founded her jewelry line in November 2018. The “Ostrich” in the name is a reference to her African roots. Here you will find both ready-made jewelry and custom-made, but each time in 18 carats and beautifully set with diamonds and/or gemstones.
Price range: between € 650 and € 5,500
Melanie Van Dooren
Melanie Van Dooren offers custom-made jewellery from scratch, but this jeweller from Ossel is just as happy to work with heirloom pieces and give them a modern update. She says she prefers to stay away from trends and hypes and values a personal approach.
Prices: between € 250 and € 1,700
Elke Van Herck
Elke Van Herck has been working as a goldsmith since 2012, but only opened her beautiful store in the heart of Herentals last year. What we love about Van Herck’s work is that she often chooses less obvious materials such as rose gold and gray diamonds that are also sometimes called ‘salt and pepper diamonds’.
Price range: between € 300 and € 5,000
Lien Hereijgers and Kaat De Groef studied jewelry design and silversmithing together at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In 2018, they joined forces and Kubini was born. The Antwerp-based design agency creates jewelry for various fashion houses, but also excels with its own collections.
Price range: between € 220 and € 5,800
After successfully completing his law studies and joining the Brussels Bar, Alexandre Hekkers quickly realized that the legal world was not for him. Hekkers retrained as a goldsmith-jewelry designer and won the 14th edition of the Jewelry Awards at the Antwerp Diamond Museum (DIVA) in 2018. A year later, his label was officially a reality. Alexandre Hekkers stands for redefining classics, such as the signet ring to the solitaire. Based in Antwerp, the Brussels native uses 18 karat gold and 925 silver and precious or semi-precious stones. Moreover, he prides himself on the fact that his creations are gender neutral.
Price range: between € 250 and € 450