JEWEL TALK WITH SANDRA CHANG
On her love for art deco and vintage jewellery
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.