Symbolic meaning has always been synonymous with traditional culture. Khoon Hooi’s inspiration for his new jewellery collection with Zcova highlights this very idea.

According to the celebrated Malaysian designer, his creations represent something positive to look forward to – or rather, to bring into existence. He says that they are perfect to wear.

“Not just for the coming new year, but for any occasion to invite happiness, love and joy in your life,” Khoon Hooi points out. This happens to be his debut jewellery collection.

The first design inspiration is the resilient bamboo. An oriental emblem of rectitude and longevity, it is artfully represented in the collection, with gold earrings and a slim gold bracelet that are subtle yet elegant.

Khoon Hooi

Fan pendant.

Another auspicious symbol of humility is the joyful energy of the chrysanthemum. Representing the sun, the unfolding of the petals is intricately presented as a showstopper, in the form of a large ring and a pair of earrings.

The jewellery collection also illustrates the virtues of love and romance through the use of floral emblems such as plum blossoms that signify perseverance in the face of adversity and the promise of a future filled with hope.

Plum blossoms often bloom most vibrantly amid the harsh winter snow, hence the motif is elaborately enameled onto the earrings, ring and bracelet design of the collection.

One of the most significant oriental floral emblems is the peony. Regarded as the king of flowers, the deliciously sensual peony embodies the qualities of romance and prosperity.

The petals of the peony come to life as an ornate ring and a pair of earrings. They are regarded as an omen of good fortune and happy marriage, which make them the perfect pieces to gift loved ones.

For the ultimate token of eternal union, this collection features a modern take on the Chinese knot and fan motif. Choose either a bracelet or earrings, or even both, as a devoted gesture of affection.

The Zcova x Khoon Hooi collection is available for pre-order. Each piece can be customised further with yellow, white or rose gold, including a wide selection of coloured stones.

Zcova is a Malaysian diamond trading company established in 2015. Through it, customers can order their diamonds based on their own specifications, as well as get personalised consultation services on jewellery design.