Immediately after my last paper in my final year of college, I left for Europe as a little present to myself. Excited that I would have some of the world's most beautiful sights at my doorstep for an entire month, and content that I would come home to a dream job, it was possibly the happiest period of my life. I felt the invincibility that only youth can feel, and the world at my feet for me to conquer.
left to right: green onyx marquises, multi-coloured tourmaline briolettes, pink topaz briolettes
In 2007, I discovered a brand new world, where fine gemstones were drilled. These stones were mined from all over the world and shipped to Jaipur, one of the main cutting and drilling centers of the world. Like a child in a candy store, I experimented with these new stones, weaving them in precious metals of gold and fine silver. At the same time, I also started working with expert craftsmen who were trained in the revered methods of metal-smithing. The initial designs were mainly bespoke pieces which I thoroughly enjoyed creating, but separately, I wanted to find a way to exhibit my own style, and thus, Choo Yilin was born.