Stale & Co. Group is a Singapore based collective specializing in creating ready-to-wear artisanal accessories using only traditional metalsmith techniques. Founded in early 2014, Stale & Co is one of the rare few in Singapore trained with the skills to design and handcraft each piece of accessory from scratch – all in their humble studio.
Under the collective is homegrown label “Stelliyah Jewelry” which features seasonal jewelry series which is handcrafted to translate the intricacies of different cultures into contemporary wearable pieces of art.
Stella & Daryl
Behind the scene is Stella + Daryl who has combined years of experience in the disciplines of design, metalsmith, fashion photography, and the art of somehow staying together to create a
Few Singaporeans are trained in metalsmith craft
Daryl share with us…
Going way back, Stella has always been interested in making things ever since she could remember (she said 6 years old…). And it was until sometime probably about 4-5 years ago that she started making jewelry more consistently right out of her bedroom. Before she knew it, she went ahead to sign up for a basic metalsmith course and it was there onwards it kind of evolved into a career.
Along the way she went to different places to acquire new and advanced jewelry techniques, even to as far as New York City where she stayed there for 4 months to learn in the famed Jewelry Arts Institute. So I would have to say that the brand Stelliyah started more than 10 over years ago, just not formally!
It was around a little more than a year ago when she taught me the skills she acquired, and we started another label called Stale & Co. Accessories which catered mostly to male customers. After which I quit my full-time employment and we started the collective Stale & Co Group which managed both labels – and I’m proud to say that till today we still make every piece of accessory on our own!
Very Rare Few In Singapore
I guess the main difference that sets our brands apart from others is simply due to the fact that we insist on crafting every piece of accessory on our own. We know that factories can produce jewelry by the mass, but it is this insistence of craft that allows us to create quality pieces that we can be proud to pass on to our customers.
When customers wear a piece of Stelliyah, we want them to feel through the piece that it is not only a piece of jewelry that is made in some factory just like the other thousands, but one individual piece that has been invested time, knowledge, patience and passion in.
Inspiration & Perseverance
For Stelliyah, the main inspiration has always been culture and the meaning behind jewelry in different cultures. For example, in most tribes, jewelry is worn not only for its ornamental purpose, but for symbolic purposes such as status, position, and identity. We want to make our jewelry not only to be just one of the many jewelry that a person owns, but symbolic pieces that has a special unspoken connection between the wearer and the piece.
If you’re talking about challenges when it comes to our inspiration, I would have to say that it is the access (or rather the lack of) towards some cultures in the world. Many times we have to do extensive research into one particular tribe or culture, and that research period alone can take up to many months or even a year before we can understand better the subject. Because it is only after we achieved an understanding of the subject, then can we sit down and translate it into jewelry forms.
Within The Group
There are 2 main labels parked under the group namely Stale & Co Accessories and Stellyiah Jewelry.
Both labels differ only in the direction of design and style, yet retaining the core artisanal belief of the metalsmith craft.