When it comes to pearls, the brand name Mikimoto is no stranger to anyone. Japanese pearl jeweller Mikimoto, founded in 1899, is famous for its high-quality cultured pearls and recently opened its flagship boutique atThe Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. I was invited to the boutique opening event and it was graced by VIP guest, Linda Chung – Hong Kong actress and singer.
Who??? Now I had no idea who she is, never seen anything she’s acted in before, never heard her singing before either. But I have a good friend, fellow Fayenatic (this is what we refer to ourselves as devoted Faye Wong fans), who lives in Canada and is a huge* fan of Linda Chung (*almost an understatement, heh!) so when she found out that I would be in close proximity to Linda Chung, my friend asked me to pass a fan letter to the popular actress. I went to the event with a mission! But first… let’s ogle at the pearl jewelry first.
Linda Chung made her appearance at the event wearing this jaw-droppingly beautiful necklace named White Bouquet which retails for S$2.2 million. Uh huh, S$2.2M. Thought you’d like to know. The White Bouquet features a dynamic combination made of diamonds set on 19k white gold necklace and a multi-strand pearl necklace made of South Sea and Akoya pearls. The petal’s realistic silhouettes are formed by irregular stone settings and lend a lavish and exquisite touch to the White Bouquet, creating a bold and gorgeous design.
My oh my, now that’s what I call jewelry! I was spell-bound.
I was also captivated by this tiara crown based on the theme Tales of Flowers, which is inspired from the story of unique and exclusive seasonal flowers in Japan – “Sakura”, “Hydrangea”, “Cosmos” and “Daffodils”. The seasonal flower petals are meticulously crafted and set with diamonds, perfectly matching the central shining pearls. This beautifully-designed crown carries an immaculate elegance and extraordinary beauty that will impress the wearer and admirers. In my mind, my inner royalty is already floating gracefully from light-headedness imagining this tiara crown sitting on my little head. Incidentally, Mikimoto has been the jewelry creator and designer for the Japanese Royal family since Meiji and Taisho era.
*fanning self* All these expensive jewelry is causing my heart rate to rise and my inner royalty is frothing from the decadence. I love pearls for their soft milky glow, and they stand for timeless elegance, sophistication and feminine beauty. In fact, one of my prized possessions has gotta be a pair of pearl studs which I received for my birthday one year (they came in a light-blue turquoise box). I love wearing them because they dress up any outfit easily without screaming as loudly as solitaires do.
Although when it comes to the White Bouquet necklace that I wrote above, I’m thinking… who really needs clothes when you’re already decked out in a S$2.2M jewelry?!?
Anyhoo I quickly got down to bizniz, caught a private moment with Linda Chung away from all the journalists and photographers, got her autographs for my Fayenatic friend in Canada and passed the fan letter, took a quick photo together and I was outta there.
Somewhere in Alberta, Canada there’s an ultra ecstatic fan girl doing backflips. Now she owes me a huge favor which leaves her no choice but to reciprocate by handing my panties to Jam Hsiao (on my behalf) if/when he ever appears in Alberta, Canada one day. I’ve got that pair of panties prepared for that glorious day. Bwahahaha, I kid, I kid. But gawddd that young Taiwanese singer with the hawt voice is really so darn yummy.
The next day I “ran into” Linda Chung again in The New Paper as my interview article was printed side by side to hers. I was on TNP sharing my thoughts and commentaries about being a judge for The New Paper’s New Face Contest this year – I’ll elaborate on that in a separate post. Heh, from not knowing who Linda Chung is to being next to her two days in a row.
Info above on choosing the right length on pearl strands and info below on pearl jewelry care, for my own reference (via Mikimoto’s website).
Pearl Daily Care
Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity. To preserve your pearls’ radiance, avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hairspray, or perfume. Always put on your jewelry as a final touch, after applying make-up and styling hair. The pearl’s luster can also be harmed by perspiration. To prevent this, before returning your pearls to the jewelry box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.
Pearls are exceptionally cohesive and shock-resistant, but may be scratched by contact with sharp objects or other gemstones. To prevent tangles and scratches, fasten clasps and pins, then lay each item out separately in a compartmentalized jewelry box. When carrying jewelry, use a protective jewelry pouch. Leaving pearl jewelry in a security box for long periods may cause pearls to dehydrate, so enjoy them frequently. There is a saying that “pearls want to be worn,” and it is true!
Who’s a fan of pearl jewelry here? If you are, be sure to check out the Mikimoto flagship boutique at Bay Level, L1-21, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. For more information, go to www.mikimoto.com/en/index.html and follow the brand on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MIKIMOTO.