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blues run the game

At night I fly over the housetops,
And stand on the bright moony beams;
Gold are all heaven’s rivers,
And silver her streams.

Stevie Smith

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The Road Of Others

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Love In The Time Of

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Reminders

I only realised the Bee Gees were brothers days ago. While listening to Alone, HY commented, and that made the images in the video even more fascinating to me.

I have watched it several times, too many times, and each time I am very moved.

There is an eternity in the relationship of some. Perhaps in making memories for others the words eternity be-come. I read today virtue is a currency for our spiritual world, and in our present world order I am ashamed to say I only live under a leaf.

Not a day goes by I peak out from under.

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This is brief, for I am, however briefly reminded,

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The Bitter Beetle

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Perspective.

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Here savage.

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They can walk on fabric but not glass. On glass they will turn on their backs (even if they are not in the mood).

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Old people. We settle for so little.

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Old people Picasso.

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Shadow of self.

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Fernando.

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Wendy.

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Me.

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And that concludes our pleochroism.

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Following Life

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All the above are Chinese jewellery from the early 20th century right up to the ’70s.

Can you believe how much allure they have?

 

First life,

Then spaces,

Then buildings –

The other way around never works.

 

It is possible today many artists are makers of an art that needs to find its way back to life again.

Did Fernando Pessoa not say that literature is proof that life is not enough?

Jewellery, like literature, or art, is that confession.

And that’s the complexity.

 

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Four Bits of Gold, Chinese Jewellery Singapore

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Chinese and lovin it.

 

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Birds trapped in phoenix forms.

 

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Ethnicity in every city is high karat gold.

 

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The thing or its shadow?

 

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Rendering 3D in 2D.

 

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Hand cut diamonds versus machine cut diamonds.

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A Peranakan style after the war is clearly seen here. More retro perhaps.

 

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Our heaviest necklace for now, all in the absence of birds or insects.

 

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5 fold parts; 4 hinges. Grand.

 

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Peranakan ‘filigree’ set, with hand cut diamonds.

 

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Wildflower fried rice…?

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Hup Seng, diamonds, and Jacobs.

 

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Mixing hand cut and old European cut diamonds, for birdy’s sake.

 

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Peranakan ‘diamond’ set, with full cut or old European cut diamonds.

 

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Never unsurprising.

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Yo would make a handsome groom.

 

Details of Peranakan jewellery.

 

We had a request recently to put together a Peranakan ‘Si Dian Jin’ set. What do you think?

The traditional set was to put hand cut diamonds in one set, and for another set to have only full cut diamonds. We followed this gesture and realized how hard it would be to select just ONE set. I suppose it’ll be even worse for the bride!

If more thought was put into Si Dian Jin sets, no more will these be ‘just a gesture’.

After all, “it is also believed that jewels would give women a buffer against misfortune should their husbands and sons prove unreliable providers.”

Heheheh.

Call me small woman, but what’s so bad in the tradition that a woman would be the principal display of her husband’s wealth? Frown upon, yes, but love expresses itself in myriad ways.

Jewellery is almost inseparable from intention. It crystallizes some big ideas into a pinhole – doubt the motive, not the jewel.

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Slow Dive

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A stone of conquest, the emerald. If you love it you must know why.

 

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In light…

 

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… in dark, jade’s colour reflects your ‘eye’. Not what you see, but what you can see.

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Jade’s translucence.

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Gond art, close to the earth and yet never bound by it.

 

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The snake means earth to tribals. What the Western world thinks and the Eastern world feels cannot be abridged. I doubt it is knowledge we fear. It is difference.

 

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Peranakan flowers are like no other flowers. Try finding a similar thing?

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18th century. What were they thinking?

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19th century.

 

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Generations of amethysts.

 

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Gatsby. So Stylish. Where are we now???

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A ring we restored. There was a chip on the aquamarine, so we built a bezel around it. Beside is moonstone that looks as blue as an aquamarine!

 

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The mystery of opaque stones. Look, look, look some more.

 

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AD 160 – 180, Rome, Italy. How do I persuade these stones to know their setting?

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My second favourite book of the books I read this year.

 

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Timewaste x Rebirth

 

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Energy transfer.

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Time overtakes everything.

A few days ago I had the luck of catching Yosef peering at himself in the Snoopy mirror. Most mirrored surfaces are way above him, so this looks like his first time! By the time I got to the camera, he’s had enough. It was a strange and wonderful feeling seeing him think.

 
So I have words stuck in this body of water. We are two-thirds water. I have had these words on my body for a while now:

Some of us keep memories in containers. Some of us keep memories in water.

HY has some stories to share about my tattoo sessions. Stay tuned.

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