Curated Contemporary Jewellery
If you’re looking for a change from the offerings at Hong Kong’s ubiquitous jewellers Chow Sang Sang and Chow Tai Fook, step off the beaten path and out of the retail spotlight for literal neighbourhood jewel Hammer Gallery, an oasis for contemporary fine jewellery and the first port of call for the city’s most gem-savvy shoppers.
Opened in 2009 by husband-and-wife duo Andreas Aigner and Sirkka Hammer, and recently relocated to hip retail and lifestyle enclave Sheung Wan, the multipurpose shop ticks boxes for gallery, boutique, and workshop, though it is first and foremost a haven for upcoming and established jewellery designers.
In the polished, wood-floored gallery, a unique range of jewellery from 13 Hong Kong-based and 16 European designers is meticulously displayed in glass cabinets and around the necks of mannequins, while a black feature wall is adorned with of-the-moment exhibitions and special pieces.
There are geometric gemstones from Atelier Munsteiner, ornamental baroque brooches from Tamara Grüner, architectural rings from local designer Cicy Ching, and if there are upcoming nuptials to plan for, a selection of one-of-a-kind diamond wedding bands from Ruth Tomlinson too. Currently in store is a limited edition collection of German artist Irene Wolf’s ‘Sparkling Tube’ series, featuring a shoppable selection from her debut exhibition in Hong Kong.