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Asian Window Pin - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Sterling silver, pearls and carnelian
Dimensions: 2.25" x 1.5" x 0.3"

Inspired by the classical Chinese windows and doors designs dated the Sui and Tang dynasties. In these earlier times, the Chinese viewed doors and windows as a curtain between Heaven and Man. This sterling silver framed containing the soft woven openings in the center with the precious pearl and carnelian accents echo the feel of the classic window frames that often feature delicate details in the center openings. This pin can also be use as a pendent.

Photo credit: Suzanne Goodwin

Chi Cheng Lee
Chi*s Creations
West Vancouver, BC. Canada

The philosophy of the collection is forging pieces of meaning with personality.
Drawing from my Asian heritage and Western up bring and my love of beautiful things.

Pieces are individually handcrafted from sterling silver and various karats and colors of gold, pearls, semi-precious, precious stones and diamonds are featured in the jewelry.

Classic materials and timeless techniques are married with a modern aesthetic.

My work currently explores the form, texture and color and relationships of lines and space. I often work with casted forms that I make out of wax or metal originals then cut and shape as if they were raw materials and transform them into new forms and functions.

My sense of place and coming of age were discovered when we moved the family to Vancouver, BC. Among the North Shore mountains, the open sea and the natural beauty has deeply informed my sensibilities and creativities. My intention is to create beautiful functional objects that are sustainable and fun.

Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.

Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.

The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.

The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands

Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.