Let’s face it. As far as jewellery is concerned, jade tends to get quite the dowdy, unglamorous rep. It’s often associated with one’s grandmother or the stereotypical mahjong-playing mother-in-law, thanks to that one staple accessory favoured by the older demographic: The plain green jade bangle. Other usual suspects in the jade jewellery category include the equally ubiquitous jade necklace — where a circular, ring-like piece of the stone hangs suspended from a chain.
But recent years have seen jade undergo a makeover, thanks to a number of brands that have incorporated it into trendy, modern designs. Some have also veered away from the traditional green option and experimented with other types of jadeite in hues of white, black and pink. Even Hollywood is warming to jade jewellery, with a number of celebrities using the stone to complement their outfits.
If you’re thinking of giving the much-misunderstood jade a shot, here are 5 jewellers to go to. And don’t worry, you won’t end up looking old-fashioned.
Known for its stunning and colourful jewels, Verdura has been crafting lavish baubles since the 1930s for Hollywood screen icons such as Greta Garbo and Katherine Hepburn. While it doesn’t focus specifically on jade alone, it does have a lust-worthy repertoire of lustrous black jadeite pieces. Noteworthy examples include statement cuffs studded with gemstones, and visually-arresting woven bracelets.
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This homegrown brand specialises in exquisite jewels fashioned in Type A Burmese jadeite and festooned with sparkling gemstones. Its creations — which span earrings, necklaces, rings and bangles — draw inspiration from Asian culture and heritage, with recurring motifs such as bamboo, Peranakan-style flowers and sakura blooms. The jeweller recently launched Jade by Choo Yilin, a diffusion line that focuses on minimalist designs, and is only available online.
Choo Yilin, #02-23, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897, +65 6733 1131
This UK jeweller recently rolled out its elegant Flamenco collection, which highlights a gorgeous pair of jade earrings. The jewels comprise delicate rays of green jade interspersed with baguette diamonds, and are crafted to produce fan-like shapes. If that’s not opulent enough, the earrings are fringed with 3.84 carats of brown diamonds, which are set in 18k white gold and black rhodium. The collection also features a jade pendant in a similar style.
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Apart from being a go-to for extravagant engagement rings, New York-based designer Lorraine Schwartz also produces stunning bespoke jewels bedecked with glittering precious stones and coloured jade. Her star-studded clientele includes the likes of Blake Lively, Heidi Klum and Beyoncé. We’re particularly enamoured with the latter’s statement drop earrings, which are mounted with carved ruby and jade, and studded with grey diamonds and 70 carats of rubies.
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Based in New York, Fred Leighton is known for its dazzling vintage and estate jewellery adorned with diamonds, precious stones and, of course, jade. Its striking jade designs have been worn on the red carpet by celebrities the likes of Lady Gaga, Jessica Chastain and Karlie Kloss. Pictured is a pair of intricate carved jadeite earrings, which was spotted on Chastain at the 2015 premiere of Interstellar, which she starred in.
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