While Ho Ching Lin is a familiar face in the society circuit, she would have you know she is no lady of leisure.
Besides spending hectic days seeing patients, she serves as the Director of Strategic Development and Philanthropy of the Eye Academic Clinical Programme of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. As if her schedule is not already jam-packed, she is also the annual Eye Ball Chairman, and President of the Association of Women Doctors (Singapore). And yet, she spends time to practise yoga and hunt down fine jewellery.
“I started collecting about five years ago. I came across a Blue Book collection of Tiffany & Co. jewels and realised that almost every piece of jewellery I liked was designed by the legendary Jean Schlumberger!” she says. “I have already been awed by some of his creations before, but they are very hard to come by in Singapore.”
Ching Lin continues: “The exquisite designs, workmanship and timelessness of his pieces are what excite me. I like that he often depicts flora and fauna in his work. His jewels are often whimsical displays of Mother Nature, celebrating them in bold and beautiful colours. They are truly timeless and adaptable. I can match the pieces with a power suit, silk jumpsuit or gown, and they complement perfectly.”
My most favourite piece is a pink tourmaline Bird On A Rock brooch. This design was introduced in 1956 and remains of one of the most iconic designs of Schlumberger. It’s my first piece, and it started me on this collecting journey.
How to wear it
I have seen the Bird On A Rock brooch worn in the most number of ways imaginable. It is really a versatile piece of jewellery!
There are just so many collectible pieces, but as someone starting out a collection, I prefer to take my time to find pieces that resonate with me. I’d like to own a Dolphin or Jellyfish brooch, and an iconic necklace some day.
Ode to vintage
I think a beautiful oral amethyst and turquoise brooch might be the oldest, and likely made while he was still alive.
Purely for passion
I don’t really know their investment value. As I’ve never thought of selling them, I have not done any valuation on them.