By The Nation
The brand was founded in 2004 by Dennis Chan, a talented jewellery designer from Hong Kong who’s fascinated by China’s art and culture and its magnificent history, and who draws on the stories of good luck charms in Chinese legends as the main concept for his designs. Qeelin is one of the brands under the Paris-based Kering Group, which also owns Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Boucheron and more.
The first collection “Xi Xi” features the Chinese lion and symbolises joy, glory and wealth. Inspired by the Tang Dynasty and Qianlong Emperor, it boasts a Rose Gold body embellished with diamond, pink sapphires, and onyx. The second collection is “Bo Bo” featuring the panda, a symbol of peace and friendship, and makes the perfect gift during special festivals. Its white gold body is embellished with shimmering diamonds and precious gems.
The “Yu Yi” collection has a minimal yet elegant design, inspired by the ancient Chinese accessory of the cloud-shaped lock representing longevity peace and, love. Also available is Qeelin’s sought after “Wu Lu” collection, designed in a form of bottle gourd that looks similar to number 8 , the Chinese lucky number that brings luck and fortune. Two designs are available: Couture Wu Lu, a pair of single fine-cut diamond earrings with a white gold body and Solid Wulu, a 38-inch long necklace embellished with diamonds in the bottle gourd shape, and red agate in a zigzag pattern on a rose gold body.
The brand has been brought to Thailand by Dr Thitiporn Sanguanpiyapan of Sette Peccati and is available only at the Sette Peccati boutique at Siam Paragon.
“Qeelin means kylin, a dragon-headed unicorn which is a creature of luck in Chinese mythology. I personally like jewellery and accessories that are deemed to bring luck. When I had an opportunity to see the craftsmanship of the brand, I felt it would be perfect for Thai ladies who like to wearing jewellery with symbolic meaning,” Thitiporn explained.