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The wave of anti-Asian violence that has recently swept the country is truly horrifying, and there are certain steps we all need to take to fight racism and show our support for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community every day, especially during APIA Heritage Month. One of the simplest ways to lend a hand? Directing your spending toward Asian-owned small businesses.
As an Asian American, discovering Asian-owned brands is more than a hobby of mine — it's a passion. And if there's anything that the past year has taught me, it's that being intentional about the brands we support is absolutely necessary. Not to mention, living in T-shirts and sweats has only crystallized that accessorizing with jewelry is a surefire way to feel something again. In fact, I made a resolution to keep brands helmed by Asians at the forefront of my purchases (if that isn't the definition of guilt-free shopping, then I don't know what is).
With that in mind, I've compiled a list of Asian-owned jewelry brands for you to shop, whatever your sartorial persona is, be it minimalist, maximalist, or quirky cool. If you're just starting to build your jewelry collection, I suggest investing in a few solid 14k or 18k options in classic silhouettes that will last you a lifetime, and possibly even achieve heirloom status. In the market for trendy, playful pieces? Opt for fun (and affordable) demifine options.
Whether you want to don pieces for the outside world or bedazzle your Zoom look, keep scrolling to shop 15 amazing Asian-owned jewelry brands that deserve all of your support this month and beyond.