Straits Chinese & High Karat Gold. Intimate Jewels from South East Asia.
About Gem Gardener
Our Service PledgeWe take care of every item we sell for life.
For international customers, if you are willing to ship a piece back to us, we are willing to help. We refrain from charging a fee for this service, unless the job is complex.
If you live in Singapore, bring the damaged item back to the store, and we will take care of it.
We offer this "for life" service hardly to make money. We offer this service because of the nature of work that we do.
Many pieces of antique jewellery are not serviced properly in modern jewellery stores (unless you have a personal relationship with the store).
Ring sizing is always complimentary, unless the resize is more than two sizes up (as solid gold cost is involved).
About UsOur specialty is in jade and diamonds, with a Straits Chinese distinction. We sell only Type A Jadeite Jade, without exception.
Specifically, natural green jadeite jade and rose cut diamond jewellery, but you will also find Old European Cut diamond and high karat gold jewellery, mostly gathered from this region.
We come to jewellery through our eye as an artist.
We relate to jewellery, piece by piece, and more significantly, as part of a whole. In this sense, we encourage our customers to buy pieces with the intention of building a bigger set. Jewellery kept as sets will always weave a story whole.
While we are interested in translucence, we do not strive to look for imperfections, or perfection, in jade or gemstone. Translucence is ephemeral, so is Taste. The balance is what keeps us grounded.
In our line of work, a principle of solidarity helps us to make our choices everyday. To develop our own aesthetic, against trends, and instead, to provide difference (and surprise) on our road of deliberate, soul-satisfying work.
Most of the jewellery are from the 1900s, with mid-century and retro pieces dating to the postwar era (latest 1970s), while the earliest date to around 1890s.
We also have a selection of estate jewellery acquired from collectors, old time craftsmen, and old or big jewellery stores. Our estate jewellery can be grouped into two: decades old, and mint. In both groups, many are handcrafted, either by themselves, or with the use of extravagant technique and/or materials. The latter means it is hard to reproduce or custom make without spending a lot.
We are bench jewellers so we also put some of our creative endeavours for sale here. These pieces are one-of-a-kind and we rarely make two of the same designs. For our artisan pieces, you will observe a historical vein runs through our designs.
From the two of us, thank you for supporting small businesses. You are supporting dreams.
Hwee Yee & Bridget.