Who started it? Nicole Walger is a German jewellery designer working out of Stuttgart. She started her eponymous brand in 2002 after years working as a goldsmith and then as a freelance assistant to noted experimental French jewellery makers Francoise and Claude Chavent.
Why we love it: Walger's insistence on using 'ancient' techniques is a welcome change from the ubiquitous machine-produced pieces that lack soul. Her jewellery is concerned with the transformation of shapes - all her items start off as single pieces of metal. Walger is a master of punching, splitting and expanding precious metals to create simple, elemental pieces.
What we'd pick: the jewellery has more than a touch of Game of Thrones about it, but in a good way, and we love the stark silver bracelet (left; HK$6,700) that's been created out of a 15mm cube. There are also the funky rings fashioned out of a 10mm cube of iron (HK$3,230), silver (HK$3,610) and gold (all above; HK$21,420).
Where can you get it? Nicole Walger is available at Hammer Gallery, 8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan, tel: 3481 8213.