Who started it? When interior designer Amanda Lack Clark and lawyer David Halperin discovered a common interest in Asian antiques and art, they thought they would put it to good use and, in 1982, the Altfield Group was born. More than just art dealers, the pair also help people incorporate pieces into their homes. So, alongside their carefully selected artwork, they have complementary collections of high-end fabrics, wall-coverings, lighting and furniture. During her many scouting trips, Clark developed a love for simple, handmade Indian tribal and dowry jewellery, inspiring her to design her own line, which is sold under the Altfield umbrella.
Why we love it: a combination of semi-precious stones such as aquamarine, moonstone, amethyst and tourmaline and hand-worked 18- and 22-carat gold, the jewellery is affordable while appearing lavish. The pieces are warm and contemporary yet embedded with a sense of antiquity, the handiwork of Indian, Thai and Indonesian artisans. The first collection was rooted in traditional Indian jewellery and combined ancient Thai and Indonesian techniques to produce bold pieces in vivid colours. The second collection, inspired by Song and Ming dynasty jewellery, is softer, with paler coloured stones and designs that evoke Chinese symbols of femininity and strength.
What we'd pick: we love the chunky gold cuff with square-cut red and blue tourmaline (above right; HK$28,000) and the rings featuring moonstone and pink or green tourmaline with diamonds (top; HK$9,800 to HK$10,800 each). Other standouts include the Ming Cloud brooch, with rose quartz (above centre; HK$10,500) and gold drop earrings with South Sea pearls (left; HK$7,500).
Where can you get it? Altfield Gallery is in Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2537 6370.