3 jewellery pieces you'll love from Carrie K.'s Modern Heirloom Collection

3 jewellery pieces you'll love from Carrie K.'s Modern Heirloom Collection

Start your own tradition

Text: Celine Yap

Expect a mix of fine and semi-precious gems set into culturally thoughtful designs

Carrie K.'s first fine jewellery line features narratives from across the different cultural and ethnic groups in Singapore. The Modern Heirloom Collection encourages you to create your own style and story by mixing and matching the pieces, many of which can be worn in a variety of ways.

The first series delves into the Chinese ideals of the multi-generation family. Founder Carolyn Kan informs Buro24/7 that she had spent two and a half years on the collection, designing it as an expandable line suited for the modern woman. Featuring for the first time fine gems like rubies, emeralds, blue sapphires and diamonds, the pieces tell the complete story behind si dian jin which is a jewellery parure traditionally given to marrying women by their mothers-in-law.

Kan had discovered that si dian jin, which we translate rather less eloquently to four golden items, symbolises an ideal family unit of four generations. Thus, the set is a gift welcoming a woman into the household, and a promise to treat her like family.

The Modern Heirloom Collection draws inspiration from beautiful Peranakan ceramic tiles found in many of Singapore's old neighbourhoods from Chinatown to Little India to Geylang Serai. Another factoid Kan stumbled upon in her research was that these tiles imbue auspicious significance to the family whose house it adorns.

Made in either solid silver or 9K gold, the colourful Modern Heirloom Collection is perfect for Chinese New Year. Our favourite pieces are the Heritage Ring which consists of an outer and an inner piece (sold separately), the Heritage Ear Jacket, and the Heritage Pearl Clasp which is worn on a customisable pearl sautoir necklace (sold separately).

The collection also includes the Heritage Ear Drops which can be worn as studs or with a drop piece (sold separately) and the Heritage Long Necklace with either freshwater pearls or jade beads.

Shop the Modern Heirloom Collection at the new Carrie K. Fine Jewellery Atelier located at #02-02 National Design Centre.