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jewelleryDon’t forget our collectable jewellery event is still on.

Newly arrived pieces with will be featured in the posts of the next following days.
These pieces of jewellery are carefully put together with the art of  Chinese knots with the strings all handwoven for the design.

Stay tune!

To see all our jewellery collection, click HERE!



Continuing with the Something Old Something New theme, we are bringing you a new collection of old and new jewellery.

Necklace, bracelet, ring, earring, hairpin, brooch, etc.
Ensembles of agate, amber, amethyst, bone, coral, glass, ivory, jade, malachite, mother of pearl, shell, silver, Tibetan beads, turquoise, etc.

2 weeks to X’mas, if you still havent bought your Xmas present, now is the best time to get something unique for your love ones!

The collection will begin this thur – 13th December.
Please come and have a look!


DIA65mm, India

The word “bangle” comes from the Hindu word “bangri”, meaning a cylindrical ornament which adorns the arm.  Bangle has the same symbolic meaning for Hindu as wedding ring has for the West.  Married Hindu girls would have bangles round both of their wrists.  On the wedding day, the bride will try to wear a many choodi (bangles) as possible as it is believe that the honeymoon will end when the last bangle breaks.  Maybe it is because the new bride is pampered and spared of the kitchen duty at the time when she is wearing the wedding choodi.  The bride is expected to wear the wedding choodi for a year, a blessing for her in the new home.  Choodi are made of different materials; gold, silver, glass, ferrous metal, conch shells and ivory.

This is a pair of Shakha, a special sacred choodi worn by Bengali brides (also by Assames Hindus, Bodos and Santhals).  These choodi are called shakha paula.  Shakha, a white choodi made of ivory or conch shell and paula, a red choodi made our of red coral.  On the wedding day the choodi would be dipped in turmeric water and put on the bride’s arm by 7 female (a symbol of goodness).  The bride would wear these shakha paula signifying that she is married and belong to her husband, the choodi would only be taken off at the unfortunate time when she becomes a widow.

Thank you for QuirkyMatter for inputting on the blog, please see her blog for more details regarding Shakhas and Hindu marriage.  Also thanks for Bengali Hindu for the correction and the additional information (please see comments), much appreciated!  :)

Now how can I miss out the opportunity to play a Bollywood clip.

W15xH20mm, China

This is the head carving of one of the 18 Arhats (Shi Ba Luo Han).  The 18 Arhats were the original followers of the Buddha who have attained nirvana and are here on earth to protect the Buddhist faith until the arrival of the Maritreya.  These ivory beads are made for the 18 beads mala.

L330xH20mm, Mongolia

In Mongolia Shamanism the Blue Mighty Eternal Heaven (Mongke Tengri) is worshipped, in its legend 6 treasures was given by the Blue Sky to the Mongolian, 3 big treasures and 3 small ones.  The 3 big treasures are, yurts, grassland, cattle and sheep, the 3 small treasures are, Mongolian knife, matouqin and dairy products.  Hence, the Mongolian knife is treated also as a sign of blessing on top of it function.  In the nomadic days, a mongolian man who wear it by the waist together with the snuff bottle and the Mongolian flink.  The sheath has 2 holes for keeping a pair of chopsticks, isnt this the perfect eating kit for nomadic life.

W420xD250xH700mm, China

These decoration screens were originally designed in the Song dynasty as a stationary item use for shielding the ink well from wind.  The Chinese ink from the old days do not come in a bottle but only as ink bars which require laborious grinding to solve.  The screen would protect the ink from evaporation cause by wind (I wonder why they dont just make a lid for the ink well …).  As time goes by these functional screen became more and more decorative and take their own places on the table just as a decoration.  The center piece of this Cha Ping is decorated with ivory and wood while the frame and base is made of mahogany.