I first met Marilyn Tan at Blueprint 2010 and was rather taken by her jewelry for their organic and unique design elements.
Over the weekend, she very kindly invited Wottoncool to a viewing of her Semi-precious and South China Sea Pearl Jewelry at her business partner’s home.
I really appreciate that Marilyn’s style is not constricted to one type of accessory, one type of material, one type of look. Instead, she changes things up over and over. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, brooches, chokers and everything in between could all be found in the living room turned makeshift viewing room for this exquisite (and expensive) range of jewelry.
Compared to the spread at Blueprint, the South China Sea Pearls were something completely new. Pretty as pearl are, they’ve never really been my thing.
That was until Marilyn introduced me to Keshi pearls.
According to Wiki, “keshi pearls formed as by-products of pearl cultivation”. Which, simply put, means that random grit that enters a mollusk and the shell coats this irregular-shaped dirt to produce an irregularly-shaped keshi pearl.
I think its an absolutely beautiful thing to celebrate. The sheer randomness and uniqueness of each keshi pearl.
And over and over, I felt that Marilyn did so beautifully by shaping the settings of each pearl to mold around each pearl in embracing unison.
The second series utilized semi-precious stones of various sorts, all combined in different ways that appeals to (I am assuming here) a very wide variety of clientele.
This statement necklace could be worn two ways, one with each clasp showing as an accent to the stones. Or with the clasps hidden from view, giving the illusion that the stones magically float around your neck.
That would be a statement for sure.
I apologize that the temperature of the photographs are off. I am still learning about the nuances of my new camera (aka baby)
Another smaller collection were of resin rings, earrings and bracelets. Some with more oomph! in the form of swarovski crystals. (:
I hope that we see more of Marilyn Tan’s work in editorials.
And I aspire to one day be able to guiltlessly afford one (or two) of her pieces in the future.
For now, taking pictures is all I can afford. (:
And you can see more of Marilyn Tan’s work here.