“Treasure In A Vase”
We’ve long been fans of the French-Chinese fine jewelry house Qeelin, which has, since 2004, positioned itself as one of China’s most promising high-end brands. Recently, Qeelin unveiled its latest collection of pendants and necklaces, “Bao Ping,” inspired by ancient Chinese vases, one that we consider a “Jing pick.” An evocative symbol seen throughout the history of ancient Chinese art, the distinctive silhouettes of Bao Ping are a common sight on centuries-old traditional paintings, sculptures and screens. As a nod to this symbology, the collection’s name, “Bǎo Píng” (宝瓶) can be literally translated to “treasures in the vase.”
The Bao Ping jewelry collection features three classic designs: Qing and Tang designs are inspired by the iconic porcelain creations from the dynasties of the same name, while the Chun Qiu (春秋) designs recall bronze wares from the earliest days of Chinese history. Pieces from the Bao Ping collection are cast in white gold and encrusted with diamonds and rubies. With only 88 pieces available worldwide, the limited edition Chun Qiu Bao Ping necklace comes in 18K white gold set with diamonds on an adjustable ruby-studded clasp necklace.
To accompany the launch of the Bao Ping collection, Qeelin co-founder and creative director Dennis Chan collaborated with French photographer Sandra Fourqui and Hong Kong Tatler fashion editor Arne Eggers to shoot a campaign in the 17th century Parisian Chateau Vaus-le-Vicomte.
Unlike other Chinese jewelers, which release collections multiple times per year, Qeelin has built its reputation on releasing individual, annual collections in a measured, deliberate way. Bucking the trend of massive expansion we see from nearly every other brand operating in the Chinese luxury market, the jewelry house currently has only nine boutiques worldwide, enhancing an enviable image of exclusivity. As Jiang Qiong’er, CEO and artistic director of Shang Xia, told Jing Daily in September, this image will likely continue to be key to Qeelin’s success:
[Qeelin has] stayed small but create really great interpretations of Chinese elements. They only have 10 stores after seven years, and just release one collection per year. They’ve taken their time.