On her love for art deco and vin­tage jew­ellery

Solitaire (Singapore) - - Style - By Maripet Ledesma Poso

Two things come to mind upon meet­ing San­dra Chang for the first time: calm and grace. The di­rec­tor of Raf­fles Yacht and am­bas­sador of the In­ter­na­tional Sea­keep­ers So­ci­ety in Asia cred­its her serene com­po­sure to over 20 years of yoga, and her in­nate sense of style to her life­long love af­fair with fash­ion and jew­ellery.

Although she re­fuses to call her­self a jew­ellery col­lec­tor — “I’m just some­one who is pas­sion­ate about jew­ellery,” she says — Chang’s ‘pas­sion’ has come a long way. “It all started with a sim­ple di­a­mond pen­dant, a gift from my par­ents when I was 18,” she shares. “Mar­vel­lously enough, as I went on with my col­lec­tion, ev­ery­thing seemed to fall into place. They all formed a pat­tern. They turned out well.”

Par­tial to art deco and vin­tage jew­ellery from Cartier, Chang mixes them up with con­tem­po­rary pieces from Graff, de Griso­gono and her lat­est favourite, Pasquale Bruni, among oth­ers, and makes the look her own.

No mat­ter how busy she gets, es­pe­cially with her role in the Sea­keep­ers So­ci­ety — a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­mot­ing re­search, ed­u­ca­tion, restora­tion, and pro­tec­tion of the world’s oceans — Chang makes sure she never misses out on im­por­tant pieces. “I go to auc­tion houses in Lon­don. I also have some­one there to help me look out for lim­ited-edi­tion art deco pieces.”

Iron­i­cally, for some­one who doesn’t have pierced ears, she specif­i­cally loves ear­rings.

Over tea, Chang lets us in on some per­sonal styling tips and ma­jor jew­ellery love.

Do you pre­fer di­a­monds or coloured gem­stones?

First and fore­most, I am a di­a­mond girl. Al­ways. I like sap­phires and ru­bies sec­ond.

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