The earth’s natural minerals not only benefit humans but are ornamental too. History shos that interest in precious metals and stones date back to ancient days.
In recent times however, the love for precious stones has been promoted and sustained by fashion and marketing. Diamonds are supposed to be a girl’s best friend, while bling bling is a hip hop term that signals that jewelry still appeals to the younger generation.
These rocks may be coveted these days mostly for their rarity and therefore, their high value. Who would lie to wear a garnet or citrine bracelet if they could have a diamond or sapphire?
Stella Chow would. She is one of those people who like these ornamental rocks for their own unique attributes and healing properties, rather than their value.
This Hong Kong-born designer has always been fascinated by rocks crystals, but three years ago her interest grew enough for her to start designing her own line of accessories using them.
The difference is that she likes semi precious stones, stones that probably many of us are not familiar with. Quite apart from their beauty and rarity, she also extols the healing and luck bringing properties of these stones.
She uses garnet, tourmaline, aquamarine and citrine as well as the more obscure kunzite, sugilith, ice crystal and chalcedony, the last of which is now popular and used by luxury jewel houses like Bvlgari, Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels.
“I mix and match my stones a lot. This is not just for aesthetic purposes but also because each rock has different healing properties and combining them enhances their power,” she says.
She has her own company in Hong Kong that produces bracelets and necklaces made of semi precious stones. The wonderful thing about her designs is that it does not conform to strict symmetry. Each bracelet has its own character and makes for a bold, exciting creation.
Some rocks are cut and polished, while others are raw, but the sheer range of rocks and the colour possibilities ensure that none of her creations are boring.
Chow has a list of celebrity clients and Datuk Michelle Yeoh is one of them.
Her range of quality items with beautiful designs are what attracts her customers. In some cases she uses only tourmaline to make an item.
In another, she uses citrine and intersperses each with different coloured quartz or an aquamarine. There are beautifully polished strings of baby blue chalcedony on display that would make anyone who appreciates beauty simply drool, but that was the exception.
There is a gypsy chic quality to these bracelets and necklaces that is very much in fashion now. In Malaysia, her products can be found at Carried Away, a boutique located in Istara Condominium in Petaling Jaya (note, the phone number provided 603-74910270- not sure if it is still valid now)
The original article was published in The Star paper on Tuesday, 20 July 2004 written by K.Anuradha. I’ve tried locate the article online so that I could link to it but I could not find it. As I’ve kept the newspaper cutting for a few years and now I want to declutter my stuff, I’ve decided to manually take the picture and typed out the entire article and repost it here.