Leaving legacies: Passion and pressure drive 2nd-generation jeweller

Despite not being Peranakan, jeweller Thomis Kwan runs the business with his Peranakan wife Caroline Tay.
Despite not being Peranakan, jeweller Thomis Kwan runs the business with his Peranakan wife Caroline Tay.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

SINGAPORE - Jeweller Thomis Kwan, 67, keeps his entire life in five plastic drawers.

Inside, packed to the brim, are thousands of unfinished, handcrafted Peranakan jewellery made over the course of 20 years. Some are polished to a shine and just missing diamonds; others are skeletal designs yet to be plated with gold.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month
  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.