Category: In Focus

The moonstone occurrences

We keep hearing that fine moonstone is rare and becoming rarer. Of course we would like to know this more precisely. If from this wonderful stone with its bluish-white shimmer only the cut ones will soon be available any more, this would mean that our moonstone pieces are becoming more and more precious, as is always the case when a product is scarce.

In any case, moonstones are precious, one way or the other, because of its adularescence, which glides over the entire surface of the stone when you move it. That’s why they are attributed a special power: The moonstones in India e.g. are considered “dream stones” which bring beautiful dream images at night. In the Arab countries, they are a symbol of fertility, which is why women often carry moonstones hidden in their clothing. The iridescent glow is also the reason why moonstones are usually cut in an unfaceted cabochon shape. Their shine best displays on the smooth surface, where it is not broken by any facet.

Sri Lanka is still the main supplier of moonstones. These moonstones are usually almost completely transparent to milky white – with a delicate shine in the bluish. The moonstones of Indian provenance, on the other hand, tend to have a cloudier, orangeish nuance, which may be associated with cloud-like light and shadow and plays on a beige-brown, green, orange or brown background.

Conclusion of our research: we have found a hint that the deposits in Sri Lanka are “unfortunately no longer all too rich”. 

 

Auspicious symbols


There is, for example, the sign of “longevity” (壽 shòu) : This symbol of fortune is attributed to one of the five blessings (long life, prosperity, health, love of virtue and peaceful death) and is, as such revered. In this context, in China one speaks of “baishòu”. Baishòu means “One Hundred Times Long Life” and also refers to a cave of the same name, where the Chinese character for “Long Life” was carved into the cliff in a hundred variations.
The symbol of the “fish” (鱼 yú)  , is always present in every Chinese household. It is a symbol of abundance, wealth and prosperity and therefore omnipresent: on textiles, wood, ceramics, stone, silver, gold, jade, marble or as living fish in a well or in a bulbous water glass.

Because these symbols are so precious, they are also captured in silk. We have brought this “auspicious” silk to you and combined it with jersey fabric into a dressy shape …

 


The result is a very comfortable and extremely elegant blouse that fits and is decorative, a perfect Shufu-Silk.

    

Do come and try them on in our boutique:

Friedrichstr. 20, 53111 Bonn
Tu.-Fr.: 10:30-18:300. Sa.: 11:00-18:00.

 


Back from Shanghai

Shanghai has experienced an exceptionally cold winter this year, and the sun, which is much stronger in these southern latitudes, was a welcome treat for everyone. Being so soon after Chinese New Year, Shanghai – a megacity with an estimated 20-30 million inhabitants – was still pleasantly calm and relaxed, almost contemplative in mood. Many people had not yet returned from their annual vacation when they traditionally visit their families.

Luckily our dealers and suppliers were on hand, some at new, larger locations, others in their familiar surroundings:

Spin“, our supplier of young, modern, Japanese-style porcelains had moved out of the inner city of Shanghai, and now have a large area available for exhibiting their wares in an almost theatrical setting.

     

Platane“, our source for Chinese-inspired interior design, remained at their old address. As the name implies, “Platane” is situated beneath plane trees in a beautiful Artdeco corner building. The quiet streets of the historic district “French Concession” are shaded on both sides by the maple-shaped leaves. These “French trees” – as the Chinese call them – were all brought by ship from France to China. However there was one change in staff, Carrie, who had always looked after us, had passed the baton on to Annie.

                                        

An important port of call on every visit to Shanghai is the pearl lady, Kay. Kay comes from a family of pearl growers and has built up an independent business in jewellery production. She had just returned from Hong Kong’s major International Jewellery Fair and reported on the latest trends and fashions. We then sat down together and dove into a world of shimmering mother-of-pearl and lustre and were inspired by the shapes, colours and sizes of her pearls. In the end, as always, there is a new collection of decorative jewellery for the neck, ears and wrists.

       

Last but not least, a meeting with our tailor was on the agenda. This is becoming increasingly difficult to accomplish, as Tailor Peng is indeed a true professional with plenty of experience and a large customer base, but – like so many others – he can no longer afford the ever-increasing rents and sees himself forced to move further out of the city.
Tailor Peng is now working on our behalf on a new range of T-shirt blouses made of jersey and Chinese silk.

   

So once again we have gathered many beautiful things which we are very happy about.

Let yourself be surprised.