Singaporean jeweller Choo Yilin collaborates with YTL Hotels for its latest collection of wedding-worthy rings, earrings and necklaces
A Vintage Honeymoon
A jewellery designer walks into The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur one day. And the next, she steps onboard the Eastern & Oriental (E&O) Express bound for Bangkok. Both trips, steeped in old-world charm, later provided the inspiration for Choo Yilin's latest capsule collection, poetically named "A Vintage Honeymoon".
While designers draw inspiration from their travels often enough, it isn't every day that you see a hotel chain and a fine jewellery label collaborate so passionately. Unusual though it may be, Choo Yilin's partnership with YTL Hotels was not in the least intrusive. Each celebrated the other's specialty –– in jewellery design and luxury hospitality.
The result is a collection of four beautiful jewellery pieces that reflect the rich heritage and the Art Deco sensibilities of The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur and the E&O Express. Two necklaces in the collection –– one featuring traditional freshwater pearls with a 9K rose gold chain and the other crafted with 9K white gold with 19 Type A Jadeite beads –– are designed to be worn as sautoirs, a style popularised in the early 20th century.
The historical references and Art Deco aesthetics go further. On the ring and the convertible earrings (our favourite in the collection, which comes with detachable pearl drops), halos of diamonds and freshwater seed pearls surround icy-jade cabochons –– a tribute to how seed pearls were used to halo gemstones during the turn of the 19th century. Both pieces are cast in 9K rose gold. Look closely, and you'll find Choo Yilin's logo imprinted on these beautiful vintage-inspired jewellery.
Owning a piece (or the entire set) of the 'Vintage Honeymoon' is great, but experiencing what inspired Choo Yilin at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is sweeter. After all, the storied hotel is one of KL's most iconic colonial landmarks. In its post-WWI heydays, famous guests this hotel had received include author Graham Greene and actor David Niven. By the '80s, however, it ceased operations and became the National Art Gallery –– but not for too long. YTL Hotels, together with architect Zaidan Tahir, took over the property, restored and reopened its doors with a new wing in December 2012.
The Majestic Wing, which still very much exudes a colonial dignity, is where you'll find the suites with butler service, The Colonial Cafe, The Bar, the Tea Lounge and the beautiful Orchid Conservatory. The 15-storey Tower Wing, where the meeting rooms, ballroom, the Contango restaurant, gym, pool and most of the rooms are found, is decidedly more modern, but no less opulent. Think butterscotch interiors, marbled surfaces, dark-wood furnishings, and chrome accents.
Need a little nudge to book a romantic weekend getaway? In celebration of the collection, YTL Hotels is offering a special rendezvous package, The Majestic Romance, available on their website. Priced from RM1,399++ per night, the package includes overnight accommodation in a charming Colonial Suite at The Majestic Wing, a bottle of wine in your suite upon arrival, in-room butler-served breakfast, afternoon tea for two, and a fifty-minute spa treatment.