Designs by Maria Grazia Baldan (above)
Asians have always believed that buying vintage anything was bad luck, but I tend to ignore that especially when it comes to jewellery. My love for vintage jewellery began during a trip to Paris when I stumbled upon Karry O in Saint Germain de Pres. I go there religiously everytime I am in the city, along with a few other boutiques in the Marais. There are also several fine jewellery vintage dealers down the road from Place Vendome including Dary’s which is my ultimate favourite (and apparently Sofia Coppola’s!)
While Hong Kong has never quite caught onto the trend, I was excited to hear that Lane Crawford will be hosting a vintage jewellery show starting this Friday. There are around 100 pieces from the world’s most prestigious jewellers, including Buccellati, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chaumet, Van Cleef & Arpels and Hermes to name a few.
Cartier piece (above)
Also of interest is a selection by designer and collector, Maria Grazia Baldan, who started designing in Sardinia, Italy over 30 years ago. Known for reworking vintage pieces into modern, contemporary designs, her collection is inspired by China and features 45 pieces including colourful necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings and brooches, made using vintage corals, imperial jades, ivory, pearls and coins collected from China, Tibet and India. Rather than being a fusion of East and West, her designs have a strong Oriental look which judging from the catwalks, is all the rage these days.
“Since my first visit to China in 1977 I was deeply fascinated by its history, art and philosophy and this feeling has never left me. When I find a piece that attracts me, I usually imagine who will buy it after I’ve finished it,” says Baldan of her style.
Vacheron Constantin earrings (left) and Fred necklace (right)
The Vintage Jewellery Show will be held from March 30 to April 26, 2012 at Lane Crawford (IFC Mall, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2118 3388). www.lanecrawford.com