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It is gratitude, passion and perfectionism that run in the blood of Suparin Chavanaves. Taking advantage of her professional experiences in New York with high brands like Polo Ralph Lauren and Gucci, she has taken her four-generation family jewellery business of MIAN TECK to the next level. Capturing the house’s 100-year-old essence and expertise, the dazzling interpretation of CHAVANA (G/F, Central Embassy, 02-160-5738, www.chavanajewelry.com, IG: @chavana_official) sparkles couture jewellery that marries the elegance of the roaring twenties with the highest form of craftsmanship. 

WHY DID YOU LEAVE YOUR HIGH-PROFILE JOB IN THE BIG APPLE TO CONTINUE THE FAMILY BUSINESS?

I’m the oldest in my generation. After finishing my master’s in New York, I really enjoyed working there. My parents never forced me to carry on their business and even encouraged me to pursue my career in the States. It was, however, when I worked with a jewellery supplier in New York that I realised my love of jewellery. I learned more about Art Deco — the art, culture, architecture, fashion, design. Everything is interconnected. It gave me a new perspective on the 1920s movement as well as on jewellery. Running a jewellery business is not just about finishing a course at GIA. It’s about direct experience — about meeting the clients, about real-life exposure — that cannot be found in any textbooks. So once I came back, I went to international fairs to meet clients — those seasoned buyers from all over the world. They shared their knowledge and expertise. It totally expanded my horizons.

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