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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Symbol of Infinity

Yumi Chen Launches Snowflake Heaven Jewelry and Accessories at Columbus Circle Holiday Market, NYC

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Yumi Chen Designs presents the Snowflake Heaven collection of handmade jewelry and accessories at Columbus Circle Holiday Market in New York City, just in time for your holiday shopping!


The exquisite Snowflake Heaven collection showcases Yumi Chen Designs’ trademark use of joyful sparkle and color, as featured in timeless handmade, silver snowflake necklaces made with periwinkle and clear Swarovski crystals. The collection also includes a range of pastel Swarovski crystal snowflakes on 14kt gold-filled chains.

The Snowflake Heaven collection also features cozy, warm scarves adorned with a crystal snowflake pin in eight gorgeous colors. Scarves come in rich hues of plum, red, teal green, on-trend shades of taupe, grey, brown, and grey, and classic black. All scarves come with a Yumi Chen Crystal Snowflake Pin to add sparkle and holiday cheer! The hypo-allergenic scarves are just perfect for everyone on your gift list, too.

Shop Yumi Chen at New York City’s annual Columbus Circle Holiday Market, located at West 60th Street and Central Park West, open now through December 24, 2010, everyday from 10am to 8pm.

About Yumi Chen (NYC):
Handmade jewelry featuring colorful Venetian glass, Swarovski crystals, natural Jade, and Japanese Kimono Cloth beads. The iridescent sparkle, shimmer and glow of Yumi’s jewelry enlivens the spirit, promotes beauty in your soul, enhances your wardrobe and simply makes you smile!
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Lucky Jade Rose Ring

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

If you have any Irish blood in you, or even a fondness for the folklore, you recognize a Claddagh ring when you see one. Or you probably wear one. The ring first started showing up on fingers in Ireland in the 17th century, but the design dates back to who knows when. The Irish Potato Famine brought the symbolic ring over to America, where it has become as much a trend as a tradition.

If you happen to be out of the loop on Irish symbolism, I will enlighten you: this ring is, more or less, a symbol of one’s relationship status. If the heart is facing outwards, it symbolizes that the wearer’s heart is free and they are looking for love. If, conversely, the heart is facing inwards on the finger, it symbolizes that the heart is taken and they are in a relationship.

I do not have a drop of Irish blood in me, but I am as enchanted by the ideology as anyone. However, the 17th century was quite a long time ago, and maybe it’s time for a new symbol. Not to replace the tradition, but to build off of it. Maybe even to infuse it with a little Chinese tradition and lore, since that, on the other hand, is in my blood.

So I have created a symbolic ring to rival the Claddagh. Made of Burmese jade, it is the shape of a rose. When you look at the symbolism of those two features, this design becomes a piece of jewelry for girls whose hearts are free and looking for love. The design is new, but the ideas are practically as old as they come. Burmese jade is a symbol for luck; and roses, of course, are symbols of love. So it is a ring to bring good luck and love, or hopefully, good luck in finding love. Though I’m not making any promises… except that it will look great!