To be honest, in the beginning I've always have a fear towards purchasing or appreciating jade because first of all, the quality of jade is actually quite tricky for me to decipher given my ample experience with gemstones. Secondly, it is almost impossible to really sort out the real jadeite from jade stones and nephrites, unless you actually carry a microscope with you when you go gem hunting… (Which is not uncommon from what I know actually...)
I guess I got pressured to source for jade & create some jade pieces when suddenly it's demand escalated before & during the Chinese New Year period. So I did some careful research as to where I could get reasonably priced fair quality jade. I then recently went to Bencoolen shopping center to check out some shops that are selling jade. I have to thank my colleague for the tip! The tricky part about navigating for jade stones and nephrites there is that there are countless distractions awaiting your attention from good bargains on second-hand watches to beautifully carved jadeites displays that falls on both sides of the corridor, but of course please ignore the Chinese facial-masseurs that lurks amongst the area that ever so relentlessly tries to convince you that you REALLY need an emergency facial treatment because of your shiny forehead… but I guess they do help to break your concentration and keep time once in awhile in case you got lost mesmerized by some beautiful jadeite carving.
Anyways to cut the story short, I stumbled on this very low-key and modest shop ran by a younger and an older shop assistant, which gave me good price on fair-quality jade. They’re obviously not locally born Singaporeans from their accents but nonetheless very much integrated, as they were lamenting on 4D mishaps and how she would’ve struck it rich if not for the miscalculated digit, which sounded ever so familiar back home. So I got brave and asked for more discounts and to my surprise they were ever willing to agree to my bargains and we chatted even more about jade and the local industry etc.
So these 2 new designs were born from 2 of the jade piece I bought from them. I tried to make them contemporary in style, still withholding the essense of the oriental and femininity. Both were sculpted in 14K goldfilled wire, with freshwater and Akoya pearls and raw-cut citrine stone for that complement of color.