Sunday, September 27, 2009

a veritable party in bangkok

I don't really have many events in Bangkok because I'm usually so inundated with designing and overseeing the craftsmen's work. This Saturday though, on 3 Oct 09, I'm collaborating with a fashion designer friend of mine, Carla Rivera of Soledad Designs, for a whole-day event at a 5-star restaurant in Bangkok. It'll be highly interactive where Carla and I will be giving workshops on understanding fine jewellery and fabrics and also letting guests browse through gemstones and textiles in order to pick out bespoke pieces. I have to say that I'm pretty chuffed about the food too.
A big thank you to Midas PR and Bonjour restaurant for hosting both of us for this event.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pitted texture

A pitted sort of texture. I quite like it - it conveys the antique look pretty well I think and the tiny sapphires surrounding the royal amethyst conjures images of little pillboxes.

royal amethyst with blue-green sapphires.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A twist to the classic wedding bands

Here's one of the private commissions that I've been really excited by.

J told me she wanted her wedding bands to convey a strong sense of artisanal craftsmanship while maintaing the label's organic aesthetic. We spent a long time discussing how we could fuse those requirements with the feminity and glamour that we both liked in wedding bands. In the end, we decided to work with a 3/4 eternity band in the label's signature asymmetrical shank - tiny diamonds (G colour, VS1 clarity) that were pave-set and embellished with milgrain bordering - while hammering the base of the shank, eschewing the traditional high-polish, shiny look that defines 99.9% of traditional wedding jewellery.

Separately, for the groom, we decided to go for 50% reclaimed sterling silver 925 instead of 18KT white gold. We hammered the outside of the shank liberally and had the metal gilded a sandblasted black. This was in stark contrast to the high-shine on the inside, which was embellished with a 0.03 ct white diamond.

Personally, I was just very happy to be able to do a pair of wedding bands that was so much in line with the label's aesthetic. J trusted me implicitly and for that I am very grateful for - the highest compliment one can give a designer is to allow her free reign to "just do what you think works best". Also, I especially liked that the rings attempted to convey a certain sense of authenticity and organic quality that I feel is very much lacking in today's weddings; too often, we work ourselves in a frenzy trying to get everything perfectly symmetrical forgetting that life isn't like that. It is beautiful no doubt, but wholly imperfect.

Monday, September 14, 2009

A different sort of artisan

Texture, for the label, is incredibly important. As such, almost nothing is uniformly highly polished. We usually try to create texture through hammering and scratching of the metals and it conveys the label's organic aesthetic very well.

Lately though, we've been experimenting with something a little different. We've been trying to convey texture by fusing two (or more) different coloured metals in one piece. It's extremely labour intensive no doubt, but we think the end result is lovely. :)

Organic kunzite wrapped in 18KT rose gold vermeil and black rhodium.

Sandblasted, matte black rhodium with 18KT rose gold dewdrops and bezels.

Sandblasted, matte grey rhodium with 18KT yellow bezels.