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Blending local iconography and heritage with contemporary design, Forbidden Hill’s Singapore-inspired jewellery and homeware creations are gifts of distinctive beauty. Whether it’s for friends leaving Singapore, visitors and family from overseas, or a keepsake for yourself, these exquisite creations will be treasured for years to come.
Stroll down Katong or Joo Chiat and you'll come across the many colourful Peranakan shophouses that have become an unmistakable part of Singapore's culture and heritage.
The Nonya Blossom Medallion is inspired by the ornate floral patterns on the Peranakan tiles adorning these shophouses. These customisable cuffs also come with interchangeable silks of vivid colours to match any outfit.
The lattice design of the Ban Zu jewellery is emblematic of motifs found on the fine Chinese wares traded in the eponymous Ban Zu, a thriving port settlement in ancient Singapore. The Chinese voyager, Wang Dayuan wrote about Ban Zu during his visit to the island in the 14th century and his journals formed one of the few records documenting the early history of Singapore.
Named after Iskandar Shah, last of the Maharajas ruling the Kingdom of Singapura back in the 14th century, the Iskandar Bangle is reminiscent of the hypnotically intricate geometric designs and patterns found in architecture across the Malay Archipelago. The bangles feature interchangeable silk slides with a choice of more than 20 striking colours.
Featuring a majestic lion, the Utama Collection is a nod to Sang Nila Utama, whom as legend has it, saw a mighty lion when he arrived in Singapore and named the island “Singapura”, or “Lion City”. The meticulous line-work illustration depicts a lion framed between the clouds and the sea, and wearing the crown of Sang Nila Utama, which was symbolically thrown overboard to secure the safe passage to the island for Singapore’s first Ruler.
A gift for good fortune and happiness, the Harmony Koi collection features an illustration of the Koi fish, a symbol in Chinese fengshui synonymous with abundance, prosperity and harmony. Koi are not only kept in fishponds all over Singapore for good luck but also depicted in many artworks for their auspicious symbolism.
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