Eleven years ago, jeweller KC Sukamto found herself at a crossroad—stay in Los Angeles to pursue film studies or embark on a fashion design course in London. She eventually chose to go into the world of fashion and, upon graduation, got a job as a fashion stylist in New York. Since then, the Central Saint Martins graduate has turned her attention to fine jewellery design, with her eponymous label in Los Angeles, where she is currently based.
A strong believer in creating classic jewellery pieces, her work involves designing engagement rings or repurposing older creations that have been passed down the family for generations. “I love breathing new life into jewellery,” she enthused during this interview when she was back in Singapore to visit her family. “In the world of fast fashion where there’s always something new all the time, people can’t keep up. I want to try to fight that.”
This is why KC finds herself returning back to basics when it comes to jewellery design. Simplicity to her is a heightened focus on the quality of the stones, instead of the gold casting that holds them in place. A good point of reference would be her signature engagement rings, which feature clean lines and exquisite gemstones. This pursuit of simplicity translates into her dressing as well—KC looks to brands such as Céline for a cleaner, neater aesthetic. “I believe in minimalist dressing, and I think your statement should always be made with jewellery. Everything just looks better with diamonds.”