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Norman Cho: The collector and author of The Bejewelled Lives of the Peranakans gives us a history lesson

Dazzling luxury connoisseurs is a new coffee table book by Peranakan jewellery collector Norman Cho. Yanni Tan receives a valuable lesson from him, and his book, on our unique yet little-known bejewelled heritage. “More is more,” says Norman Cho with a chuckle, when I asked him about the colourful and bold aesthetics of the Straits Chinese. I am at his apartment to view his collection of vintage jewels when he shows me around to introduce, for a deeper understanding of the culture, other aspects of Peranakan art to me – furniture, porcelain, fashion, and even ornamental and worship objects. Like...

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