Inspired by the past and created for the future, this collection blossoms with timeless beauty. Each design is handmade by Beijing-based master jewellers using traditional techniques that date back as far as the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618 – 907).
This was a period of great cultural exchange by way of trade and religion along the Silk Road. The Chinese empire drew artistic inspiration from sources both inside and outside its borders, meaning they show influences from Persian, Indian, Arabic and Turkish craftsmen.
The contemporary craftsmen and women of Imperial Artisan Silver interpret these classic designs using skilled techniques. Auspicious symbolism and meanings are also an important characteristic in the jewellery designs, with graphic patterns and symbols taken from the natural world representing happiness, peace, longevity, good health, harmony and advancement.
The carefully worked silver is then set with natural precious stones, cultured pearls, all selected for their brilliance and lustre, as well as other fine works of art.
Here is a little sneak peek at the master artisans at work –
They are using many traditional techniques including:
Repousse – like embossing where a pattern on the front of the piece of silver is created by hammering or punching in from the back.
17th century example (left) and a modern example (right)
An 8th century example (left) and a modern example (right)
An early 20th century example (left) and a modern example (right)
Join us tonight (Saturday 26th May) at 8pm to see guest Yim Tom talk about this wonderful new range.
See the full Imperial Artisan Silver range
Visit our jewellery department