How she developed an interest in jewellery
While working as a flight attendant, I was drawn to the various jewellery stores and museums all over the world that were so different from the usual stores in Singapore. I decided to take a course in gemmology at GIA in Thailand, received my gemologist diploma, and later interviewed with Christie’s. I was lucky they were looking for someone bilingual who could be based out of New York. I moved to New York City and signed on as a trainee jewellery specialist in 1997.
Why she launched Revival Vintage Jewels
After 15 years, I left Christie’s in 2012 and started Revival Vintage Jewels in 2013. I needed a change – I was disappointed with the jewellery being offered in Asia, and very much wanted to share my love for vintage jewellery with collectors here.
On specialising in vintage jewellery
As a jewellery specialist at Christie’s New York, looking at some of the very best antique, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and retro jewels was like looking at artwork. It made me want to learn more about its history, the person who designed and made it, and the stories behind it. I never stop learning and am fascinated by what I find.
A misconception about vintage jewellery
Some people think that it may bring you bad luck that the previous owner may have had. I’ve owned and handled quite a large quantity of vintage jewellery in my lifetime, and my luck has been pretty good!