Why we’re loving version 2.0 of Carrie K.’s Modern Heirloom collection
Star light, star bright
When the first stirrings of Carrie K. re-interpreting the traditional Chinese Si Dian Jin into a contemporary collection made the news, we admit we were sitting on the fence about whether it would be a hit. Fast forward one press preview and an exclusive sit-down with Carrie herself later, we were sold. Not only were the pieces a deconstructed take on the conventional wedding jewellery Chinese soon-to-be brides know (and dread), the Modern Heirloom made what was typically a gaudy parure stylish for everyday wear.
Now giving a shoutout to the Malay heritage of our multi-cultural country, Carrie K. is launching the second installment of the four-part collection (one series for each of Singapore's ethnic groups), which spotlights the Bintang Beralih, aka the Changing Star, at its core. Here's why there is plenty to love when it comes to version 2.0 of the Modern Heirloom:
It was inspired by the Malay Songket
The 11-piece collection riffs off the star motif found on the luxurious and prestigious traditional fabric, often donned at festivals and special occasions like weddings, with the cloth hand-woven in silk or cotton and intricately patterned using gold or silver threads. Additionally, the Malay values of 'Gotong Royong', which means 'cooperation in a community', are reflected in the jewellery design.
It features new gemstone colours
Unlike the stones in the Si Dian Jin lineup that came in shades of pastel brights, the new sub-collection veers towards the cool-toned spectrum with topazes, moonstones, peridots, smokey quartzes and grey pearls. Complemented by settings in silver or 9K gold decorated with filigree detailing, the aesthetic of the Changing Star is meant to recall the look of the metallic silver or gold threads intricately woven into the Songket's base fabric.
It's all about ingenious interchangeability
Tying into the first Modern Heirloom drop as a multi-part collection, the new series is designed to be stackable across all iterations. As part of the Carrie K. continuity, the pieces feature ear jackets and open rings that lets you mix and match the separate elements with gemstones and settings from both the Si Dian Jin and the Changing Star. A combination we're loving? Pairing the outer piece of the new Star fan ring from the latter with an inner solitaire band from the former.
The Modern Heirloom 2.0 collection will be available from 28 July at the Carrie K. Fine Jewellery Atelier at the National Design Centre, Level 02-02. For early VIP access on 10 July, click here.