Balinese Silver Lining


Two women spread out their jewelry designs on the table. They convey their wishes replete with design-specific jar-
gons (“engrave?”, “coating”, “brazing”) to bet- ter their jewelry line, to which the silver expert listens attentively whilst inspecting diligently every nook and crannies of the necklaces and the rings laid out in front of him.

The silversmith’s swift observations and ideas seem to please the two women. Bali possess- es many charms, which includes the appeal of sterling silver jewelry that has been attracting tourists and aspiring jewelry designers alike. The popular Celuk Village in Gianyar is home to talented artisan silversmiths and goldsmith that dates back to almost a century ago. Intri- cate and souvenir-worthy accessories are on full display in their showroom, and you can even witness firsthand the artisans in action, or perhaps you like to learn the craft yourself? Their workshop will cater to your interest.

There are other spots that will bring out your inner silversmith in Bali, such as Studio Perak and Chez Monique in Ubud, renown John Har- dy Workshop in Mambal, and House of Alaya in Batu Bolong, Canggu.

So what’s the appeal of local silver-based jewelry? “For one, our designs are way varied compared to other countries, which makes it a very collectible item,” says Henry Sanny, own- er of Harajuku Silversmith in Kerobokan—and designer of his own men’s silver jewelry brand called Koi Koi—who has been in the craft for the past 15 years, supplying his 925-export standard (meaning it’s purely 92,5% silver by weight) line to around 200 – 300 stores across Europe. “And unlike, say, China where you have to buy in bulk, here you don’t have to make it in such large quantity.” Yup, every cloud has a silver lining indeed!■

Bali Pocket Magazine