Friday, October 29, 2010

Media love on our "alternative to coral" collection

More to come in the next few weeks. Here's some of the preliminary shout-outs. Big, big thanks to the wonderful journalists and editors who are so incredibly supportive of our work.

Style November 2010

Urban, The Straits Times, 29 Oct 10
If you'd like to read the words, please click to enlarge the files. 

For those who would like to view the pieces and hear our work with Too Precious To Wear in person, do swing by our event this Sunday, 31 Oct 10.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A special aquamarine ring project

J had been wanting an aquamarine ring, the gemstone being her birthstone, for a long time but could not seem to get one to her specifications. The solution? To design one.

First, we needed to hunt for the perfect aquamarine gemstone. Aquas come in a huge variety of colours -- from the cornflower blues to mysterious grey and blue undertones, the selection is virtually limitless. Thank goodness that J had specified that she wanted something that was rectangular-- this narrowed our choices by quite a lot and helped in streamlining the process. 

J trusted me with the selection of the colour and we chose something that had a hint of green in it (I'm not partial to the purely blue ones, even though they're traditionally the most highly prized). J had initially wanted a step-cut but we couldn't find one that would do the design we had in mind justice. Hence, the gem that we chose was a checkerboard one. 

For the design, I had told J that I had been itching to work on an organic leafy-vine design for a long time and asked if she was amenable to me showing her some sketches that had been brewing in my head for awhile. Happily, she said yes, and thus, we came up with milgrained-leaves with diamonds embedded in them for two out of the four prongs. In place of a traditional bezel, we had one that resembled a mish-mash of twigs with tiny diamonds embedded in the intertwined leaves. For the shank, we deliberately set out to create the woody texture of the bark and had small diamonds embedded in them for a luxe effect. 

Lastly, J has wanted to set the aquamarine in 18KT white gold as it's traditionally regarded as a very safe, cool colour to match with blue. Truth is though, I find it boring, and think that sometimes the cool colour doesn't really do justice to the tones of the aqua. Thus, I asked if she would be amenable to do it in 18KT rose gold instead and to pre-empt the "too pink" effect, we had the leaves and bezels, embedded with diamonds, in 18KT yellow gold. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

the story behind our alternative to coral collection

some of you might have caught glimpses of coral-like pieces of jewellery in the last couple of months. the international media's written a bit about it because we were exhibiting our pieces at the london and nyc shows. we've also won first prize in an international competition for our coral rings. now, after what seems like months, we're launching our coral pieces to the public in singapore; needless to say, we're supremely excited. not only because it's a "birth" of another baby, but also because it represents an important collaboration with an award-winning non-profit campaign, too precious to wear (TPTW). 

we've been continuously thinking of ways to deepen our commitment to sustainability, and one eureka moment came when we realised that art had been historically used as a vehicle to communicate important cultural, social and political messages. i thought that it seemed only natural to use jewellery design, a bona fide art form albeit a little unorthodox, to convey similar messages. and thus, our next ready-to-wear collection was born. 

coral forms were a natural choice because of they captured the immense beauty of organic asymmetry. shortly after, almost serendipitously, we found out about TPTW and told them about what we were doing. their campaign is awesome: quite simply, it's a fashion-forward campaign to let people know that they can do their part in protecting their environment by being aware of the consequences of using coral, be it in jewellery or otherwise. moreover, it is important to stop using coral in fine jewellery unless you can determine that it was sustainably sourced. 

as with all our other pieces, the jewellery comprised of 99.9% recycled sterling silver in our continuation to help minimise environmental damage. the metal was textured in line with the label's design theme of organic asymmetry and the gemstones were dotted in the midst of the metal, contributing to colour. we hope that through this collection, you will start to believe that while coral is beautiful, it is unnecessary to wear it in order to appreciate it. 

Please visit our facebook page for more shots of our alternative to coral collection. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

31 Oct 10: Our long awaited Coral Launch

Please click to enlarge and see details.

It's been a long time coming. The story behind it to come soon.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A diamond rehabilitation project

...and we're back! Loads of things have been happening internally which is why we've been silent for over two weeks. I've been having withdrawal symptoms from not being able to write and thus, am very very happy as I pen these words.

We'll start the return from our hiatus with our diamond rehab project. Awhile ago, E passed me her mother's not-unimpressive 2.86 carat diamond ring and told me to make it modern and fun.

We tore it apart: the diamond was assessed to be of L-colour and thus, looked faintly yellow when set in its 18KT white gold setting.

I suggested that we work with 18KT yellow gold instead, and jazz it up with coloured diamonds to play up the yellowish tinge of the 2.86ct gem instead of trying to "disguise" it.

In the label's signature organic theme, we had the metal textured while putting the solitaire in a rather unorthodox bezel-like setting, framed with smaller milgrained bezels of tiny coloured diamonds. The overall look is that of a very fun, luxe cocktail ring. I love it. :)