Jadeite Jewellery and Arts: Integration of Nature, Creation and Affection
|Speakers:||Mr Stanley Chu, Managing Director, On Tung Jewellery|
|Date:||5 October 2019 (Saturday)|
|Time:||1 – 1:30pm (Lecture), 1:30 – 2:00pm (In-booth Tour)|
|Venue:||Lecture Hall, Fine Art Asia|
Is Jadeite jewellery made purely for wearing and looking beautiful on people? Or can it also be considered as a meaningful piece of cultural art? The speaker will discuss jadeite jewelry from its history through to its design and its value as a collecting category today.
Stanley Chu, Managing Director of On Tung Jewellery, comes from a well-known jadeite family. His legendary father, Mr Chu Che Keung has been in the trade for over 50 years and his huge collection of fine jadeite is second to none. Stanley studied in the USA from the age of 13 and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in International Business at the University of San Francisco. In his early career, he worked in commercial banking in the USA. At the age of 27, Stanley relocated to Beijing and with his business partner, established an outdoor media company that was later listed in the USA.
In 2009, Stanley returned to his birthplace, Hong Kong, to help his family’s jadeite business. Having been exposed to fine jadeite since he was a child, he quickly mastered the essentials of jadeite appreciation. Stanley devoted much of his time to the purchasing of jade roughs, stone cutting, jewellery design and production. Although jadeite culture is centuries old in China, it was never widely recognised in other countries. Only a small number of foreigners truly appreciate the beauty of jadeite and understand its value. In recent years, Stanley’s mission has been to change the misconception of jadeite as “outdated” and “for Chinese people only”. He has been working on various projects to promote jadeite to the world by co-operating with young Asian and European designers in developing modern jadeite jewellery, and supplying jadeite materials to top international jewellery brands. In addition, Stanley has contributed to several books on jadeite and provided professional advice to Western authors. Stanley is considered one of the most active and important revolutionary leaders in the modernisation of jadeite.