PAN­DAS IN PARIS

Qeelin cre­ates lim­ited edi­tion pen­dants to mark launch of new Parisian bou­tique

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panda and jew­ellery fans! Twenty-eight new be­jew­elled Bo Bo pan­das have ar­rived but you may need to jet to the City of Light to catch a glimpse of them.

Bo Bo (which means “pre­cious” in Chi­nese) is the play­ful panda charm and iconic mas­cot of high-end Chi­nese jew­ellery brand Qeelin. To cel­e­brate the open­ing of its new bou­tique at Ga­leries Lafayette on Boule­vard Hauss­mann in Paris, Qeelin’s award-win­ning cre­ative direc­tor Den­nis Chan has cre­ated a lim­ited edi­tion of 28 large Paris Bo Bo pen­dants. The store, which opened on 18 Septem­ber, is the sec­ond Qeelin bou­tique to open in Paris. The first is sit­u­ated in Jardin du Palais-Royal.

Avail­able only in France, Paris Bo Bo is crafted in 18K white gold and em­bla­zoned with pre­cious stones. As a trib­ute to the French tri­colour flag, Paris Bo Bo’s right limbs are stud­ded with blue sap­phires, left limbs with red ru­bies, and body with di­a­monds. It also has fully func­tion­able joints, mean­ing that his head and limbs are mov­able, a Qeelin sig­na­ture.

Chan, who has al­ways been fas­ci­nated by ob­jects that could sym­bol­ise cul­ture, art, ar­chi­tec­ture or so­ci­ety, says his Paris Bo Bo per­fectly cap­tures the clas­sic East meets

West spirit for which the brand is fa­mous. His first Bo Bo was a sin­gle monochromatic piece adorned with black and white di­a­monds. It was so pop­u­lar that Chan started a whole col­lec­tion of Bo Bos, which then grew into an ex­tended fam­ily to in­clude the Western teddy bear, all fash­ioned with myr­iad colour­ful gem­stones.

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