Sharing the beauty of jewelleries to inspire elegance and simplicity in everyday accessories, Gemme The Label is created to make people feel confident and beautiful.
Damia Manan had always wanted to venture into a business by making her own brand which was how the business came about.
Gemme The label is a brand that is built around a simple foundation that emphasises the beauty in elegance and simplicity in every woman.
The everyday woman is the inspiration behind the brand which is why their jewelleries are mostly simple and trendy gold and silver jewellery which could easily go with a range of styles and aesthetics whilst also being affordable.
“My aim was to target women who wanted to feel confident and beautiful without having to over-accessorize by implementing just a few of our timeless pieces into their everyday outfits,” said the entrepreneur.
A year after the release of their Women’s collection, the brand has been getting various responses and requests to include a Men’s jewellery collection which is something that the entrepreneur is looking to consider and include in the upcoming year.
As an avid jewellery collector and lover herself, the 25-year-old initially found it difficult to find good quality jewellery in the country without having to order them from abroad, which takes away the fun of exploring and picking out the jewelleries first-hand.
With this, she thought that it would be a good idea to try and create her own jewellery brand in the country as she realises that there is definitely a market for it in Brunei.
The business was launched August 2020 and the name itself was inspired by the french word “Gemme” which translates to ‘Gem’ and the founder thought that it would be fun to include a name relating to some of their silver collections as they are made of gemstones.
“Honestly, I have had trouble with people pronouncing the brand correctly, which has become a recurring joke between my friends and me. I think just as long as it’s memorable, I’m happy with it!” said the founder.
The products are currently split into two collections and they are the Gold Jewellery and Silver Jewellery.
From the Silver Collection, there are the classic and timeless pieces which are mostly made of sterling silver 925 or Zirconia Stone diamonds and these pieces are their most expensive items ranging from $30 to $60.
As for their Gold Collection, the designer tends to experiment according to the current trends to keep it fresh and interesting for their consumers, so the items usually do not get restocked and they are price ranges from $5 to $30 according to the materials they are made of.
“I wanted Gemme to provide a range of options our customers would go for at any event, be it Hari Raya, weddings or just a casual day out or work,” she added.
The entrepreneur knew that the jewellery pieces were of good quality and for a good price, she knew that there would be a good market for them in the country for people who wish to look their best without having to splurge so much on some jewels.
Gemme The Label is not the first local jewellery in Brunei but they are one with the most affordable collection pieces.
“I would like to think Gemme The Label stands out in terms of its brand design, simplicity and its overall aesthetic, I rarely see anything similar in other jewelry businesses in Brunei,” said the 25-year-old.
The business is currently a home-based business but customers looking to book a fitting for their jewellery are invited to try them at the founder’s home in Gadong.
As the business grows and with many more customers to come, the label is looking into opening up a physical store one day.
The initial target for the brand is mostly from ages 18 years old to 30 years old and more specifically to women, which is why most of their collections are one the feminine side.
“Although, during 2021 I had gotten many requests to bring in more uni-sex items as a lot of my male customers expressed some interest. I started to slowly bring in rings and necklaces that could also be used by men, and fortunately have received good sales,” said the entrepreneur.
On another note, their Silver Collection has also received the attention of young individuals as they either buy for themselves or for special occasions such as birthdays, valentines day and there are quite a number of people who buy the jewelleries as gifts for their partners.
The accessories can be found sold on their Instagram @gemmethelabel where customers can reach them via the direct messages or through their official website, gemmethelabel.com where items are showcased along with the prices.
The brand has been in business for two years now. The founder is able to analyse the needs and wants of her customers and the products that show little to no movement. With that in mind, the entrepreneur is planning to bring in a more similar style of jewellery with a twist of new designs.
Gemme The Label is always intending to expand their line of Jewellery and also consistently keep it within the brand’s identity and aesthetic.
Have a look at the designs that have been created by Damia Manan and find out more on their jewelleries by visiting their Instagram @gemmethelabel.
This article was first published on 29 January 2022 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 178 | More stories here
THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN