Behind the Design - Tet Folklore Collection

Behind the Design - Tet Folklore Collection

A collection born from the nostalgic memories of Tet, I invite you to my family's Vietnamese New Year dinner table and celebrations. Inspired by the legends and folklore that are told to us as children, I hope this collection brings you a bit of new year magic as it has for thousands of years for Vietnamese people.

 

BANH CHUNG LOCKET PENDANT NECKLACE

Inspired by the traditional sticky rice cake commonly in Tet (lunar) celebrations in the North. The legend of the sticky rice cake depicts the layers of the cake to represent Vietnam's commodities, with the shape of the sticky rice cake representing the land (square - representing the North) and the sky (round - representing the south).

 

NANG TIEN OC PENDANT NECKLACE

Young kids in Vietnam are commonly given ugly nicknames to ward away evil. Founder Chi's nickname was the humble snail, coming from a very old tale of the Snail Fairy who transformed every day into human form to help her old poor foster parents. The aquamarine represents the water urn that she transforms from, with homage to Vietnam's rich village roots.

 

CHI HAI AQUAMARINE RING

Made to be paired with Nang Tien Oc, the beautiful aquamarine represents the sky and sea, with the twisted border representing the shell of the snail. The name endearingly means 'big sister', a role Founder Chi is all too familiar with.

 

STARFRUIT PHOENIX PENDANT NECKLACE 

Inspired by the Golden Starfruit legend, the story is a reminder of the importance of staying humble and treasuring the things you have. It's a very popular story told to young children to help them understand the consequences of greed.

The pendant depicts the phoenix in the legend carrying a golden starfruit into the dark night sky. Each phoenix is hand painted in enamel, making each pendant completely unique.

 

HOI AN LANTERN CONSTELLATION NECKLACE

An homage to the colourful lanterns of Hoi An that has been a craft for over 400 years, the necklace is a playful symbol of light, reminding us to look to brighter days ahead.

 

PEACH BLOSSOM OSCILLATING NECKLACE

Based on the legend of the Hoan Kiem Lake, where the magical Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) is rumoured to still reside until this day. Legend has it that Kim Qui offered the magic sword (Heaven's Will) to Emperor Le Loi to fight against Chinese oppressors in the 1400's. The sword on the bracelet can be taken out of its scabbard, making it an heirloom piece with a deep hidden meaning.

 

PEACH BLOSSOM RING

Inspired by the blossoms of Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year), the Peach Blossom Ring signifies new beginnings, the art of starting over in the new year.

 

KHE STARFRUIT CHAIN STUD

Inspired by the Golden Starfruit Legend, the Khe (meaning starfruit) pays homage to Founder Chi's childhood home, and stories of her grandpa giving her piggy back rides under the family home's starfruit tree.

 

HOAN KIEM SWORD HOOPS

Inspired by the legend of the Hoan Kiem Lake, the swords are a symbol of strength to Vietnamese people. May it bring strength and protection to you.

HOAN KIEM MOVEABLE SWORD BRACELET

Based on the legend of the Hoan Kiem Lake, where the magical Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) is rumoured to still reside until this day. Legend has it that Kim Qui offered the magic sword (Heaven's Will) to Emperor Le Loi to fight against Chinese oppressors in the 1400's. The sword on the bracelet is fully removeable, making it an heirloom piece with a deep hidden meaning.

 

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