EASTERN EX­PRES­SIONS

Five de­sign­ers cham­pion Asian mo­tifs and

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Asian mo­tifs and sym­bol­isms in fine jew­ellery

SINCE THE EARLY CIVIL­I­SA­TIONS, sym­bols have al­ways found a place in jew­ellery — mostly in the form of amulets for pro­tec­tion and well­ness. With vast dif­fer­ences in cul­tural traits, coun­tries in the Far East have var­i­ous sym­bol­isms Tai­wanese jeweller Anna Hu wants her cre­ations to make and the con­tem­po­rary art pieces that are steeped in cul­tural ref­er­ences, to have that deep rel­e­vance and res­o­nance in both the East and the West.”

of jew­ellery artists and con­nois­seurs. It is one of the most com­mon mo­tifs used in

“The but­ter­fly has meant a lot to me through­out my life. When I was a young boy, but­ter­flies were fly­ing colours, for I didn’t know their name then. And then they were the But­ter­fly Lovers — a tragedy, a love story, a sym­bol of eter­nal love. As I grew older but­ter­flies be­came the em­bod­i­ment of Lao Tzu’s great phi­los­o­phy — life is but a dream, only that we need to de­cide whether we want it to be the dream of a man, or the dream of a but­ter­fly. I want to cap­ture the life and spirit of the but­ter­fly in the light of gem­stones, through a wear­able work of art.” – WALLACE CHAN

DRAGON­FLY

into many a pre­cious piece of jew­ellery. The artist, as each one has their own in­ter­pre­ta­tion

LO­TUS

Its abil­ity to bloom in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions makes it a sym­bol of pu­rity, per­fec­tion, and per­se­ver­ance. Com­monly seen in var­i­ous Chi­nese art and ar­chi­tec­ture, the lo­tus is also one of the most com­mon mo­tifs used in fine jew­ellery, be it in form of a sil­hou­ette “As a proud Chi­nese, it’s hard for me to pick only one Chi­nese sym­bol as my favourite. But­ter­flies, koi fish, lo­tus flow­ers, and or­chids are all clas­sic Chi­nese sym­bols that I’ve been us­ing in my cre­ations. These mo­tifs all bear very lucky and pos­i­tive mean­ings in Chi­nese cul­ture, be­lieved to bring bless­ings to the wear­ers. That’s why I like to use them in my jew­ellery.” – ANNA HU

JADE

yin and yang Feng Shui,

“Chi­nese art is all about in­tri­cacy and amaz­ing at­ten­tion to de­tail, and that‘s some­thing philo­soph­i­cal mean­ing that goes much deeper than the ob­ject’s sur­face qual­i­ties and its func­tion­al­ity. – FEI LIU

FISH

Chi­nese art and, sub­se­quently, jew­ellery. Associated with wealth “I al­ways use jadeite, a widely ac­cepted ma­te­rial among the Chi­nese and now very wel­comed by the Western world. With the ad­van­tage of easy sourc­ing of jadeite in Hong Kong, I ask my jadeite cut­ter to cut col­lec­tion.” – ANITA SO

OP­PO­SITE PAGESea of Joy jew­ellery/ sculp­ture, WALLACE CHAN

Wallace Chan THIS PAGE A Moon Voy­agebrooch, WALLACE CHANWallace Chan, jew­ellery artist

Ce­les­tial Lo­tus ear­rings, ANNA HU

JEW­ELLERY FROM TOP The Art Jewel Sap­phire Dragon­fly brooch, CINDY CHAO

ANNA HU

Cindy Chao

Leap­ing Koi brooch in rubel­lite, ANNA HU

JEW­ELLERY FROM TOP Jadeite Cloud & Wind ear­rings in 18ct gold and di­a­monds, FEI LIUThe Bird’s Se­cret Gar­den spec­ta­cles, ANITA SO

Fei Liu

Anita So

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