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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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The Wind in July

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Greeeen…

 

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and with some action in the right light…

 

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it’s purple!

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Alexandrite, natural, a color hard to photograph, and harder to describe.

 

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A diamond with lines is firm. There are no facets to distract.

 

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Pared down to perfection. Mid century stillness.

 

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Plastic trees remind you of feelings. Everyone notices them at the store.

 

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The ficus tree outside our store is shedding. We used its bare sticks for these.

 

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Alexandrite, the princess, carried on a sedan, on her way to be crowned queen.

 

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Nature and nature.

 

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If it’s good enough to…

 

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Things made with soul look a way you can and cannot predict. Like the wind.

 

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A ring we are currently working on…

 

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… what if we use a dark stone, and platinum?

 

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Late 17th century. Raw and rough, a bare loveliness.

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Light begins life.

 

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The minimal instruments that HY cooks with. I looked at it one day and could not formulate an equation to my happiness.

 

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Our stove, and my delusion love cooks itself.

 

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The green thing is the newest addition. It makes soup without letting water evaporate! F&#k yeah science! Chinese cooking is never the same again.

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Two for my party.

 

Left to my own devices I would.

 

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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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Lessons from the longest study on happiness

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‘Les Enfants Terribles’ , one half of two rings. Inspired by 17th century half hoop rings.

 

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Nature’s teeth mold set in gold.

 

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We constructed ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ to live outside the rules of society, to escape into the world of the game. The stones are set closed-back, but look at their colours. Nothing is random; each colour contests the other. We threw the colour chart out.

 

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The other half. While there are many multi gemstone rings, there’s nothing like stones whose colours you cannot quite remember.

 

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Even a better teeth mold than the earlier.

 

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The Original. Ways of designing, ways of making, ways of wearing. Some nuts just get it.

 

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Jade on jade. Cabochon rings need not bore.

 

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The sides are ‘revealed’ only by profile.

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Crowning the jade, with diamonds of course.

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Woah. A delicate fire in the form. Nice. As a transformer or alone.

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Marilyn Kitty’s.

 

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Situations of life…

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… so you try to make it work for you. Hold still, lemme take a photo of your tangled lives!

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The constituents to building a ring box. It’s complicated.

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The Importance of Being Cherry Stalk.

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Imperial Jade is like Kryptonite.

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A small dose please.

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March is a very exciting month for us.

I usually like to keep this space as far away from the real world as possible, but I would like to share this with readers, you. Do you know what keeps you happy and healthy (if you are planning to live out this life)?

In trying to know what makes us happy, there are very few studies that go on long enough to follow the lifetimes of those they study. Here are the results of a 75 year-old study, lessons from the longest study on happiness.

We’ve all been happy before, but happy for a long time? I’ll rob you.

 

 

Rings we made.

 

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Life Imagined

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Life aplenty in Sri Dewa.

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An old-fashioned window display I’d love to have. It appeals to the imagination.

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The art of René Magritte.

 

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Perks of Singapore.

 

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All the tools you need for life, quietly waiting

 

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Life imagined in La Pona.


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January, O you hard month.

January was also a month of books and more books. Some I took photos of, some my mind couldn’t forget.

One of my favourite thing to so is to walk around old shopping malls after hours. I cannot tell if it is nostalgia that urges me or the anxieties of urban excess.

In my trance-like state I figure art in trail-end businesses and apocalypse suddenness.

What imbeciles!

Art heals.

And it goes on.

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Wild is the Wind

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Diamonds, like relationships… intensity is not all that matters.

 

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‘Taxonomy’ in our case, is a very different thing.

 


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A ‘reasonable’ combination for the modern eye.

 

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The Art Nouveau without enamel is so ‘snobbish’, so meant for a certain ‘type’.

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There is a patent date ‘June 28.80’ and possibly an earlier date of creation ‘Oct 25.76’. 1880 and 1876, for clarity purposes… Patents take forever, it appears, even back then.

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Do many choices/chores make you forget the journey?

What a piece of white paper couldn’t do.

We are going to make gemstone rings as how they look in the 18th century, closed back and with no modern idea of color ‘charting’. This is challenging for our modern eyes and mind, so used to thinking of colors as either cold or warm, stones as ‘gemstones’, and light above surprise. By the latter, I mean the story ends as long as as a stone is ‘sparkly’.

Good for magpies.

But even beauty can get boring. Which explains why we look towards breaking what current jewellers esteem, to go in the direction of beauty forgotten. Beauty that considers imperfection alongside perfection.

Hurry, hurry, onwards to the destination.

NOT!

 

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The only star I gazed over in my room.

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Goodbye, forever, if I knew what forever entails.

 

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Values, Valour

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Hello December, Hello January!

Our favourite Indian fish curry store will be closing. Uncle Rajah will be moving to Perth, and together with his wife enjoy the last of his hard but good life. There is a good language about working hard all your life, but that language has no syntax. Only you know its value and valour and it knows only you. This article from someone who brought a pot of his black sotong curry to Burning Man.

Like him, I have so much to say about Uncle Rajah, but perhaps another day. In that secret language that burns. For we are Alone Together.

 

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