/ Fu Lap Jewellery Co.
Timeline: Since 1946
Business Type: Jewellery
Address: G/F, 9 Cheung Fat Street, Kowloon
The owner of Fu Lap Jewellery Co., Mr. Chung has never trained as a jewellery designer. Though, he designs and makes his products all by himself. He envisages different products from his imagination. Every piece is unique. According to Mr. Chung, every jewellery piece takes time to create. Nothing can be finished in one day! In the past, the old masters in the shop could manage most of the production process except insetting, polishing and plating, etc which belong to another process, they would pass them to other masters to handle.
In the heyday, there were 4 or 5 in-house masters. However, the industry started to decline in recent 7 to 10 years. Since business is not good, some masters left for larger companies. Traditionally, jewellery shops were concentrated in crowded districts like Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. Until the early 1980s, some family-run jewellery workshops opened in Hung Hom. In the late 1980s, basically the entire jewellery industry has set up business in the Hung Hom area. However, there was a sharp decrease in the number of apprentices since the 1990s and the decade that followed. Now, everything is computerized. Although every data can be clearly computerized, Mr. Chung still thinks that previous hand drawing method is actually more flexible. If customers have any request, he can immediately change it on paper. Though, we are now in the computerized age. The use of computer drawing is popular, the demand for specific skills in masters drop gradually.
Usually those old-fashioned jewellery shops have their own workshop for production.