Past meets present in Qeelin's 'treasure vases' jewellery collection

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 October, 2011, 12:00am


Dennis Chan, creative director of jewellery brand Qeelin, often gets inspiration from his childhood mementos. But for the new collection Bao Ping ('vase of treasures'), he has focused on balancing East and West aesthetics.

'Chinese traditional decorations always have meanings,' he said. 'The treasure vases, for example, the pronunciation of bao ping is similar to blessings of peace and safety.'

The jewellery brand threw a preview luncheon of its latest diamond-studded creations last Wednesday at Agn?s b cafe in Causeway Bay.

Guests peered closely at intricate pendants, set with multicoloured precious stones - the 'treasures in a vase', according to Chan.

The new line's Western touch came from co-founder Guillaume Brochard, who like Chan drew inspiration from his youth.

Brochard's favourite childhood playground, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, a castle south of Paris, became the setting for the jewellery line's campaign shoot.

'It's a great location for the shoot because there were many exquisite Chinese paintings and porcelain [works of art] in the French castle,' he said.