Human stories behind dazzling Peranakan heirlooms

Mr Norman Cho's book, The Bejewelled Lives Of The Peranakans, details his collection of Peranakan jewellery.
Mr Norman Cho's book, The Bejewelled Lives Of The Peranakans, details his collection of Peranakan jewellery.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

SINGAPORE - Mr Norman Cho vividly remembers his grandmother laying out her Peranakan jewellery on the bed before attending family functions and asking her grandson to pick out pieces to go with her outfit.

There were glitzy pieces of kerosang rantay (Malay for brooches strung to a chain), loket (pendants), chinchin wajek (diamond-shaped rings) and an assortment of gold and silver belts with ornate, detachable buckles.

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.