Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Choo Yilin's first Flash Sale of 2012!

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We're popping up for 2012's first Flash Sale! Gentlemen, here's a chance to redeem yourselves with the missus if you've forgotten about Valentines' Day. We promise we won't tell you got the pieces at a steal. ;)

We're also celebrating with the February birthstone amethyst with discounts on all our full-priced amethyst pieces -- for one day only.

Date:
25th February, Saturday

Time:
1100hrs to 1700hrs

Venue:
The Metz
83 Devonshire Road
#05-01
Singapore 239864

RSVP:
gloria(at!)chooyilin.com
(+65) 9112 8117
or
The Facebook Event Page

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Working on kerosang for our Peranakan collection

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S came to us not just to do a jade Si Dian Jin set, but to commission us to do a set of Peranakan brooches, called kerosang, to wear with a gorgeous Peranakan kebaya on her wedding day.

We were thrilled with the challenge; kerosangs usually keep with the heavily ornate Peranakan aesthetic, so we had to create something that was at the same time keeping with that cultural sense, yet modern enough with that all important element of versatility.

Here's a rare shot of our work behind-the-scenes, where our craftman's wax carving matches K's sketch exactly. Stay tuned to see the final piece!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

ELLE, Singapore. February, 2012

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Many thanks to D for featuring us in the ELLE's Valentine's Day special, cheers!

Gentlemen, you can never go wrong with jewellery, so if you're still thinking about what to get for your special loved one this month, we can't give any better suggestion!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Project Sapphire Peranakan


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We're always very excited when a client requests for something new, especially when it has something to do with culture. C came to us and told us that he wanted a ring that was inspired by the Peranakan culture because his beloved, B, a Peranakan, was very passionate about the culture and aesthetic. Yet, at the same time, he wanted a piece that weaved in the elements of modernity.


We had long conversations with C because he was insistent that the ring, apart from it being aesthetically pleasing, had to convey the essence of B as authentically as possible. He even employed the help of B's best friend to sneakily take pictures of her favourite jewellery pieces and share more of B's personality.

This was one of the most difficult pieces we had worked on, because we were working on three main sapphires instead of just one. Finding flanking side sapphires that matched each other in size, colour and luster was a detailed, mammoth task (unexpected, actually). Finding matching side sapphires to match the main sapphire picked out presented an additional headache.

We finally succeeded in a trio that we were happy with though, and as a special bonus, the main sapphire was a colour-change one, that shifted from a pale rose-blush to a silvery-grey depending on the light. The colour chosen was not random: it was one of B's favourite, ascertained through careful sleuthing. The side gemstones were an unconventional grey-green, that gave the piece slightly more colour than the usual engagement piece.

So this was our nod to Peranakan culture whilst keeping to our usual themes or femininity, glamour and organic asymmetry. Congratulations B and C, and thank you for allowing us to stretch our design muscle with this one!