Sandra Chang on Heirloom Jewellery and Eternal Love
Tatler Weddings peers into Sandra Chang’s jewellery boxes for a close look at her most treasured wedding jewels and discovers why her gems will never lose their lustre whether they’ve been in the family for 10 years or a hundred.
Some people believe that heirloom jewellery should be preserved even if it means they are kept in a safe deposit box, while others feel the gifts of love can be updated to make them wearable. Sandra Chang is guided by a simple rule of thumb: “If the jewellery has a particular style of an era that is timeless, resetting is unnecessary and would take away the very beauty that defines it. But above all, the sentimental value is always in the recipient’s heart.”
For her daughter’s wedding, she presented her with Cartier jewellery she had received from her husband Julian. “It symbolised great happiness and love for me, and I wanted to pass this feeling to Tara who wore the set for her tea ceremony,” she says.
A collector of art deco jewellery who appreciates the inimitable designs from the 1930s, she also gave Tara an art deco set comprising earrings, a bracelet and ring. “My daughter loves jade and there was no better opportunity to share with her this unique collection that is representative of an era when jewellery was exquisitely handmade,” she says.
“I bought the pieces from leading maisons and, like the Cartier set, I had worn them on many important occasions. They are so timeless in their beauty, with an original style and workmanship that simply cannot be replicated. They do not lend themselves well to being reset at all,” she says.
That’s not to say that she’d never alter jewellery that’s given to her, however. She proudly displays a set which she had reset from pearls received from her mother. “Jewellery presented during weddings signify eternal love. These heirlooms should be cherished and constantly worn.”
Photography: Lionel Lai/Acepix
Make-up and hair: Sha Shamsi