Who started it? Isaac Manevitz founded Ben-Amun more than 30 years ago in New York, in the United States, the brand quickly becoming a pioneer for the 1980s' "wearable art" jewellery trend and worn by everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Kate Moss. But it was only a few years ago that Manevitz took his brand onto the global stage, with his hand-crafted pieces now available in stores around much of Asia.
Why we love it: the idea of wearable art is a sadly pretentious and dated one but Ben-Amun stood out from the crowd long ago, crafting both formal and casual pieces that use a variety of unusual materials, such as lucite and pewter. Fashion designers such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein regularly have their models wear Manevitz's jewellery for their catwalk shows.
What we'd recommend: his latest Glitz and Glam collection is true to its name: brighter than most of Manevitz's other lines and slightly gaudier. Despite this, a few pieces stand out, including the pastel statement earrings (left; HK$4,400), with colourful Swarovski crystals, which would pair well with a subtle evening gown. We also like the matching pastel crystal necklace (left; HK$8,800), similarly made of gold and Swarovski crystals, but slightly more regal in shape and design.
Where can you get it? Ben-Amun is available at Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, Central, tel: 3695 3388.