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Our History

H. Sena was founded by craftsman Henry Senanayake, known to his friends as ‘Sena’. Henry opened our first jewellery shop in Bangkok in 1919, a humble beginning on Oriental Avenue, within the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

In the 1930’s, on a stopover at Raffles Hotel in Singapore, Henry saw the perfect location for a new store at the hotel’s exclusive shopping arcade. Commitments in Bangkok called Henry away, and he asked his brothers to run the business while he remained overseas. Thus began the company’s tradition of a family-run business, which continues to this day. Henry later opened two additional stores in Malaysia, both owned and run by Sena family members.

Henry Sena retired in 1962, passing onto his family a legacy of fine jewellery craftsmanship and inherited knowledge of precious metals, diamonds and coloured gemstones. His stores in Singapore were entrusted to his youngest son, Dharma Sena.

Dharma brought H. Sena’s wedding band, engagement ring and earring designs into the world of Asia’s elite. With full creative and commercial control over the company, he turned H. Sena into one of Singapore’s leading stockists for coloured stones, imposing a stringent criteria of superior colour and lasting brilliance.

Dharma managed the H. Sena flagship store until 2011, when he handed it on to the third generation of the Sena family.

A snapshot

  • 1919

    H Sena’s founder, Henry Senanayake opened the first two H Sena stores on Oriental Avenue and within the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

  • 1930

    Opened the first H Sena store in Singapore, run by his brothers. Henry took care of the existing stores in Bangkok.

  • 1961

    Henry retires, handing over the stores in Singapore to his yougest son, Dharma Sena.

  • 2011

    Dharma Sena retires, passing it to the third generation of the Sena family.

The difference between H Sena Jewellers and other Singapore jewellery makers can be summed up in a single word:

Family

We’ve kept our jewellery knowledge and skill in the Sena family for generations, passing down the secrets of fine craftsmanship and the 4 Cs of gemstone selection from father and mother to son and daughter.

Our Service

We know that when you’ve found the perfect piece of jewellery, you’ll want to show it off to the people you love and care about. Our personal and friendly approach will make a trip to our shop feel like a family visit – you’ll enjoy a warm welcome and genuine care that large chains just can’t offer.

The majority of our pieces are crafted from scratch, by hand, with 18-Karat precious metals and gemstones that we’ve picked out personally. Our unique method of selecting the best diamonds starts with us looking at the stone before going through the certification process. This way we can ensure the stone has good brilliance, fire and scintillation. This information is not stated on the certificate but only be seen when you look at the stone closely. If you choose a necklace, earrings, wedding band or engagement ring from our main jewellery or bridal ranges, we’ll adjust it to fit as if it was made for you. One-of-a-kind pieces can also be made to your exact requirements through our custom design service.

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