Malaya: Bhutanese Jewelry Line Inspired By The Spirits And Tradition Of The Himalayas


The brand started in 2016 and the two partners have been regularly releasing new items ever since.

(Source: Zuki Juno, PemC & Andrzej)


By Staff Reporter | Yeewong Magazine

Malaya Jewelry, made in Bhutan, is focused on the design and crafting of jewelry with a deep connection to the spiritual traditions of the Himalayas.

Andrzej Rybszleger – a Bhutan-based designer, Tibetan translator and Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner from Poland, along with a Thimphu-based entrepreneur and patron of the monastic tradition – Dechen Choden Yoezer, partnered up to create a jewelry brand that proudly represents the rich tradition of the Dharma and Bhutan in particular.


Photo: Zuki Juno, PemC & Andrzej


“We decided that sacred traditions need appropriate representation in the world of jewelry -  helping others find inspiration, healing, protection and awakening,” said the partners.

“We work with a team of artists, craftsmen and visionaries from all over Europe and South East Asia, including France, Israel, Bhutan, Thailand, England and other countries,” said Andrzej who is married to a Bhutanese and has lived in Bhutan for many years.

“Each of the pieces comes into existence with a single spark of insight, and many hours are necessary to perfect it – including tasks such as wax carving, calligraphy, drawing, 3D design, metal casting, filing, polishing and stone setting, etc.”


Photo: Zuki Juno, PemC & Andrzej


“The jewelry pieces are meant to remind the wearer of their innate perfection and pure nature – to symbolise the transformation of any negativity into light, wisdom and strength.”

Some of the items in their collections include: unisex jewelry that can be worn by anyone, as well as items specifically designed for women and men.

Silver, gold, rhodium, platinum, diamonds and other precious materials are used in the duo's creations. 

The brand started in 2016 and the two partners have been regularly releasing new items ever since. Malaya is set to open their first showroom in Thimphu some time in November of 2019.


This article first appeared in Yeewong Magazine and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.


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