Friday, May 29, 2009

Bespoke party with the designers

In celebration of Yu’s spanking new showroom, we are throwing a party where you create through luxury textiles and gemstones, all the while nibbling on canap├ęs and drinking tea.There will be bolts of gorgeous silks and tons of design inspirations to browse through. You may choose to bring in your own designs or work with Ee-Lyn’s personalized sketches.

Sustainable luxury jewellery designer Choo Yilin will be joining Yu for the event where she’ll be bringing in luminous loose gemstones for you to pick from. Play with sapphires, tanzanites, tourmalines, black and grey diamonds and ideas for you to custom-make your very own stackable cocktail rings and other beautiful pieces in your own choice of eco-friendly precious metal.
We haven’t forgotten Father’s Day and other beloved men in our lives - there will be cuff-links in reclaimed sterling silver. In line with the bespoke theme of the party, you’ll be able to engrave messages of your choice. Still, if the bespoke theme doesn’t rock your boat, we will have ready-to-wear pieces from Yu and Choo Yilin at very special prices.

Date: 13 & 14 Jun 09

Time: a) 1130-1330;
b) 1400-1600;
c) 1630-1830
Each session is limited to 10-15 people so seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Price: 50 SGD.
Canapes and tea;
A gift bag valued over 100 SGD;
Consultation on fabrics, gemstones, metals, colours and designs; and
A 50 SGD voucher that is fully reclaimable on the day for all bespoke and ready-to-wear items.

by 10 Jun 09
FACEBOOK event is here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A random bespoke order

I really miss doing the really raw, edgy stuff so I was super chuffed when S contacted me and told me her likes. Here's what we got done:

The aquamarines were hugely flawed - opaque, included chunks with drilled holes at the oddest of places. I filled them up with thick sterling silver strips and finished it with a ball on top. They were hand-set in silver claws and fused together with thick links. S liked the label's asymmetrical theme so she was game to include an oversized scratched fine silver ornament on the side. That ornament's a pretty special piece, because it was specially forged the hill tribe artisans on the label's request.

Milky blue-green aquamarine and silver choker


A large number of people I've met have never heard of spinel, let alone know how it looks like. It's a remarkable gemstone, and my colleagues in the jewellery industry often wonder why it's not more well-known or widely used. The reason for that seems to be that the occurence of spinel tend to be rare and come in small rough sizes, and by default can't be used all that much or in many designs. It's a little bit of a pity because they often come in such deep, complex colours - steely blues or dusky mauves that look like they are layered with a dozen other shades - that you almost never see in any other stone. Here are some spinel brilliant rounds that I was sorting out for the bespoke cocktail rings.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bespoke stackable rings

I spent the last few weeks sorting out loose gemstones - hundreds of carats of it - in order to prepare for an upcoming bespoke event that I'm planning for in Singapore come June. Part of it was to give clients the option of choosing their own gemstone combination for their stackable cocktail rings.

Here are some samples. The stones are gorgeous - check out the luster and the bling is even more intense in real life - and have such deep, complex colours that only the less common stones like spinels and tourmalines can convey.

Left to Right: Mauve spinel round, Pear-shape amethyst, Steel blue spinel round

Left to Right: Steel grey spinel, hot pink tourmaline, royal amethyst

For the shanks, they were designed in the label's asymmetrical style - full of ridges and organic waves - set in 18KT rose gold reclaimed, eco-friendly vermeil.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Default companion wedding rings

In lieu of a proper engagement ring, I sometimes wear my aquamarine checkboard gemstone set with reclaimed sterling silver with my wedding band. It clearly isn't traditional, but that's the fun of it isn't it?

I'm going to start posting a little bit more about wedding jewellery in the upcoming months as I'm doing a few pieces of wedding jewellery this year. Am uber chuffed, although I wish there's a bride unconventional enough to choose something different. Champagne diamonds with textured shanks or a large pink morganite with tiny coloured diamonds in lieu of brilliant-cut white diamond solitaire.

I'm one to talk though. Check out mine - 12 gorgeous eight-point diamonds (VVS1, E-F colour) in a traditional prong-set. To my credit though, I did hammer the 18KT white gold shank in homage the signature label's look. Heh.

Bejewelled autumn leaves

Fine silver hammered leaves with sapphires and rubies gilded with 18KT rose gold

Recently experimented with different textures of plating. I love the look of heavy sandblasting - the earrings remind me of magical falling autumn leaves, embedded with sapphires and rubies.

Fine silver pendants with amethysts and rubies gilded in 18KT yellow gold

Sunday, May 10, 2009

More stackable cocktail rings

Have to disclaim that this isn't my design; rather, a wholesale client contacted me and asked if I could actualise a seemingly simple stackable cocktail ring. It turned out to be a little trickier than expected because the gemstones had to be cut in a very different way - a combination of a faceted checkerboard top and a cabochon bottom. The lapidary artisans kept on breaking the stones and many more had to be re-cut as a result. (Don't worry, the broken stones were recycled and used to cut smaller stones).

I'm really pleased with the result, not least becasue the rings are eco-friendly, reclaimed sterling silver (and plated with 18KT rose gold).

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pastel candy-coloured sapphire cabochons

Not something you'd see everyday. Still deciding what I'm going to do with them.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Organic diamonds

Cocktail rings, hand-forged by the hilltribe artisans, embellished with tiny grey and black diamonds. I love the scratched texture and the 8 point diamonds placed asymmetrically does wonders to break up the monotony of the ring.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Life - Imperfect beauty

I've already written about Europe being one of my main design inspirations. The other is a little less concrete; rather, it has its roots in the belief that life isn't perfect and we shouldn't always put this overwhelming pressure on ourselves to strive for it.

Don't get me wrong - I think that life is heart-stoppingly beautiful. It is wholly imperfect though with its messes and chaos, further riddled with flaws and foul-ups. As such, sometimes I get that odd feeling that events, like weddings, that run without a single glitch feel somewhat artificial in its perfection.

I've tried to capture this abstract belief of embracing life in all its chaos and imperfections in my designs. There is a deliberate asymmetry in almost every single design and the precious metals are textured - scratched and hammered, a deliberate move away from the high-polish of the jewellery of the 90s. Even the stones aren't always perfect; black dendrites, inclusions, cracks - I love them all.