By now (or after you’re done reading our interview with the jewellery designer herself), you’ll know Yilin’s passion for two things: story telling and jade. To quote ourselves on this one (ahem), Yilin “weaves the sentiment into beautiful pieces of wearable art”.
The Singaporan brand’s newest capsule collection is christened ‘Vintage Honeymoon’. Inspired by old world glamour, Choo Yilin has roped in the likes of The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Eastern & Oriental (E&O) Express. These collaborative partners serve as the inspiration for the designs and in distinct ways too when you appreciate the colonial facade and interiors of the hotel, particularly the ambiance surrounding the English afternoon tea experience and cigar lounge at the Majestic Wing. On board the E&O is a strong reminiscence of early European opulence from the use of Jim Thompson’s Thai Silk to fine dining with menus incorporating familiar flavours like lemongrass, ginger, pomelo and pineapple.
Yilin references two popular styles of accessorising from the 1930s; sautoir necklaces and seed pearl halos. Bringing that signature style to the pieces that the brand does so well, the pieces are fused with elements of Southeast Asian ornaments. The Sautoir Necklaces which typically saw pearls in the old era have been reimagined with Choo Yilin’s signature gemstone, custom-cut Type A jadeite. With the seed pearl halos, the brand nods toward the lavishness identified with pearls at the turn of the 19th century, when pearls held higher regard than diamonds because cultured pearls had yet to be fully discovered.
Picture this: timeless devotion recognised on a honeymoon, combining two worlds of classic beauty and a modern day Southeast Asian love story. There you have it, the very essence of Choo Yilin’s Vintage Honeymoon collection.