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SIJS Art Deco Imperial Jade Diamond Earrings

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18k and platinum jadeite jade earrings set with 12.57ctw Burmese jade cabochons, and accented with 1.9ctw rubies, 1.9ctw sapphires and 1.63ctw diamonds.

The earrings are part of a three-piece jade cabochon set, a stunning instance of jade pursued by Burmese jade lovers. Quality like this is particularly coveted when the jadeite is cut at a high carat size.

Modern jade jewellery tend to lack imagination, with designs repeatedly recycled. Our objective was to design and hand forge a set of jade heirloom jewels, paying homage to historical period pieces, before jade jewellery became typically stereotyped.

The green jadeite is translucent, its colour approximating imperial green and manifested by its high dome. None of the photos were taken under direct light (to hopefully represent its green here), but if you shine white light you’ll be stunned by its ‘kryptonite’ green.

All three jadeite cabochons are set tall, for its dome beauty should not be compromised.

This design was partly inspired by a prewar Cartier Art Deco piece, except we desired for the green to host a company of colours, with rubies and sapphires, and with emeralds in the matched ring. These colours are selected very deliberately, for their ‘matte’ presence beholds the green jadeite many times more.

One earring is set with rubies while the other has sapphires. One each side 13 cabochons are lined between the jade and old mine cut diamonds. Paying a tribute to heritage jewellery means no brilliant diamonds here – the diamonds are meant only to gently offset the yellow gold.

The earrings are more oval than round (the ring is rounder). On the earlobes, only the jadeite is apparent from the front while the rubies, sapphires and diamonds are visible by profile, somewhat peek-a-boo. If the hair is worn up, the diamond floral backings have a visible allure.

The element of surprise is always intended in this set. While there is a choice for dangle or drop earrings using jade, in both antique and fine jewelry, it is mad trying to look for a pair of uniquely designed jade ear studs. Try!

Of course there is a sentiment of Mughal jewellery, as well as a sprinkling of Art Deco halcyon fashion. Yet it’s hardly a convenience of mishmash. We merely revived the practice of East-West imaginings in the art of jewellery at a time when travel was limited (thus imagination had a distinct flavour!). Set in ‘true’ old glamour, we meant for these jade earrings to be treasured and passed on as an heirloom jewel.

With certification papers.

The stunning original painting is by 刘野 (Liu Ye), a Beijing-based contemporary Chinese painter born in 1964. The artwork has been desaturated to showcase our jade earrings. It is originally quite a bright blue painting.

Our story of its making: Sitting tall on elephants and other halcyon dreams.

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