Silver-white palladium looks
like platinum but it's much lighter and so can be fashioned into many more
designs. It recently entered the Chinese market and a promotion is underway at
Westgate Mall, writes Michelle Zhang.
Fashion and arts are always closely connected. It is natural for designers to
draw inspiration from arts and vice versa.
At Shanghai Westgate Mall, a special installation arts exhibition, "Palladium
- a Journey of Versatility," is underway to promote silver-white palladium
jewelry from the platinum group.
It looks like platinum and has many of the same characteristics, but
palladium is lighter, so it can be fashioned into many more designs. It is also
less expensive. Only recently has palladium entered the China market as a unique
jewelry element, not an addition to other metals.
At the exhibition, four pieces of installation art, including three fixed
pieces and a video documentary, have been created by renowned female artist Ye
Hongxing from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. They highlight the features of
the new palladium jewelry collection and the versatile characteristics of the
The "Words of the Heart - Versatility" is composed of two acrylic paintings
featuring two women's faces covered by flowers of different colors.
In the painting of warm colors such as orange, pink and red, the woman's eyes
and mouth are slightly opened as if she is longing for something. In another
painting of blues, purples and greens, the woman's eyes and mouth are tightly
closed to convey a feeling of chill and distance.
Through two contrasting images, the work resembles the versatile nature of
The "I Love Me - Mark of the Heart" uses hard durable materials such as
stainless steel to create a ring sculpture. Colorful pieces of glass are placed
seemingly at random on the top of the piece.
According to the artist, it represents the "dream of eternity" - how women of
the day seek eternal confidence and self-worth from deep in their hearts.
The "Dance - Movement of the Heart" is created from crystal-like pieces of
plastic that are bent and curled together to reflect light from different
angles, delivering a mysterious aura of fantasy.
Another piece is the video titled "A Woman's 24 Hours," recording a day in
the lives of two trendy working women in a big city.
Palladium was initially used as an added element in platinum jewelry. Only
recently was it introduced as the main element to produce jewelry. It is similar
in appearance and characteristics to platinum but it is lower in density - much
lighter - and it's lower in price.
"We're glad to see that Chinese customers have gradually learned about,
accepted and fallen in love with palladium jewelry in a short time," said Duke
Lee, chief representative of Palladium Alliance International (PAI) in China.
"We will continue to launch a series of strategic promotional activities as well
as provide up-to-date information and technologies to assist manufacturers and
retailers in the country."
PAI officially announced its entry to the China market in September.
At Monday's launch party for the exhibition, models in long black evening
gowns and gloves displayed 39 shining palladium pieces by Italian jewelry
designer Cosimo Vinci. A counter selling the new collections has been set up at
Date: through January 14, 10am-10pm
Address: 1/F, Westgate Mall, 1038
Nanjing Road W.