KUALA LUMPUR: Precious stone collector Benedict Choo prefers jade as it is very special and priceless.
“A good piece of jade has been likened to a gentleman because while it has a strong, solid form, it is clear, shows great depth and has many aspects that define its character.
“Apart from its physical beauty, a jade is also believed to have a calming effect on the wearer,” said the 44-year-old country manager for a direct-selling company when met while admiring a “double pea” jade piece at the Malaysian International Jewellery Fair 2012.
Choo said attending the fair was an annual affair and he usually bought a precious stone, usually a jade piece, for his wife.
Jeweller Steven Siow, who was exhibiting at the fair said it was difficult to set a market price for jade because each piece was so different from the others.
The fair, held from July 19 to 22, was officiated by Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah.
Shopping for jewellery to go with her outfit for the coming Raya celebrations, Datin Siti Ruhaini, 60, said that although she liked diamonds, her accessory of choice this year was a piece of jewellery with various colourful gems.
She said she had her sights set on a gold pendant inlaid with amethysts, emeralds and other brightly coloured precious stones.
“I love jewellery fairs and attend as many as I can,” she said.
Carmen Liew, 25, said she went to the fair to pick a platinum ring to fit a piece of diamond her husband gave her.
The housewife, who was at the fair with her 56-year-old mother-in-law June Yung, said the 1.5 carat diamond held a significant meaning for her because it was a wedding present from her husband when they got married last year.
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