A NEW DAWN
PORTFOLIO Magazine|August 2020
A NEW DAWN
B.P. de Silva Jewellers Creative Director Ms. Shanya Amarasuriya is steering the 148-year-old Singaporean luxury brand towards a new normal.
ANTON D. JAVIER

B.P. de Silva Jewellers has the distinction of being one of Singapore’s first luxury labels, possessing a rich heritage that dates back to the 19th century. Founded by Sri Lankan immigrant Balage Porolis de Silva, the brand dazzled with its gemstones and jewelry, catching the attention

of nobility and the upper class. Their who’s who of clients include the son of Queen Victoria, the Duke of Connaught, King George the fifth, King Rama V of Siam, the royal prince and princesses of Cambodia, and the Sultan of Johore, as well as admirals of the United States Navy, colonial politicians, and tycoons.

Currently, B.P. de Silva has gone beyond jewelry, with businesses and subsidiaries in timepieces, investments, production and logistics, tea, and even beauty. However, it’s only natural that the luxury brand remains the glittering jewel in the crown.

Today, fifth-generation jeweller Ms. Shanya Amarasuriya is at the heart of the jewelry brand as Creative Director. Armed with a diploma in business studies, a degree in Gemology and Fine Jewellery Design from the Fashion Institue of Technology in New York, and an inherent love and keen eye for gems, she is perhaps the key to bringing B.P. de Silva Jewellers into the future.

“In my early twenties, my father Mr. Sunil Amarasuriya, who is the Chairman of the Group, sat my brothers and I down and asked if any of us felt passionate about leading the fine jewelry side of our business,” the 28-year-old reveals. “I’ve always been interested in the world of couturiers, and I’d thought one day my career would be there. But after I spent years learning about our businesses, even interning in some of our subsidiaries, I discovered how I have an innate connection with gemstones and design.”

Journey of Evolution

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