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As the 5,000 year-old Chinese civilisation meets the 21st century, Qeelin draws upon its cultural legacy, imbues it with a contemporary design aesthetic and carries the legacy forward. Its jewellery exudes a certain power, an invitation to smile, to be surprised, to feel blessed.

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Dennis says “Maggie Cheung is a good friend and muse, and she is Qeelin’s very first brand ambassador who shared my dream of creating an international Chinese brand to share the treasures of China to the world. She will always be part of the Qeelin family”
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ORIGIN AND INNOVATION
Through fine jewellery, Qeelin redefines Chinese traditional symbolism through a contemporary lens, and showcases the beauty of Chinese culture with a modern aesthetic that withstands the test of time.
Qeelin’s origin is inextricably linked to the ancient city of Dunhuang.
In 1997, Founder and Creative Director of Qeelin Dennis Chan visited the city of Dunhuang in China’s Gansu Province. There, he found himself contemplating Dunhuang’s past as a pivotal meeting point between East and West on the ancient Silk Road. He was awestruck at the ancient artwork filling the city’s Mogao Caves and inspired by the beauty of the jewels depicted in its thousand-year old scenes.

From the third to the eighth century, the artistic creations at the Dunhuang Mogao Caves would bring the city into its golden age. At the dawn of the twentieth century, the rediscovery of the caves and their exquisite oriental art would leave the world in awe once more.

Within Dennis, they later inspired a sense of cultural mission: why was there no jewellery brand that could showcase China’s fascinating cultural heritage to the world?

Qeelin would become his answer.
Cultural heritage is ever evolving and gains new meaning when it is celebrated through different generations.
“Passing jewellery down from generation to generation is quintessentially Chinese” explains Chan. “We have always wanted to pass on our traditions, our heritage, and our wealth. In the same way, I hope to leave a legacy that will inspire both Chinese people and the world at large.”

As the 5,000 year-old Chinese civilisation meets the 21st century, Qeelin draws upon its cultural legacy, imbues it with a contemporary design aesthetic and carries the legacy forward. Its jewellery exudes a certain power, an invitation to smile, to be surprised, to feel blessed.

Qeelin was named after “qilin”, an auspicious mystical creature in Chinese culture. “Qi” refers to the male animal, and “lin” the female. Legend has it that qilins are tame and kind, and they are often described as “benevolent beasts”. Thus, Qeelin’s name is the embodiment of the brand’s philosophy of balance and harmony, while its collections celebrate the brand’s roots through a contemporary lens.
The launch of Qeelin on the world stage
Qeelin was revealed to the world on the red carpet of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival when world-renowned film actress Maggie Cheung wore a single Wulu earring, representing a vision of modern Chinese beauty and talent, to receive her Best Actress award. Qeelin was also proud to share the limelight which gave momentum to the brand officially opening its first point of sale at the Parisian Hotel de Crillon on May 2004.

Dennis says “Maggie Cheung is a good friend and muse, and she is Qeelin’s very first brand ambassador who shared my dream of creating an international Chinese brand to share the treasures of China to the world. She will always be part of the Qeelin family”
About Dennis Chan, Founder And Creative Director Of Qeelin
Dennis Chan, Founder of Qeelin, is an accomplished interdisciplinary creator whose remarkable works cover the fields of sculpture, design and photography. As one of the world’s leading Chinese jewellery designers, Dennis’ accolades include honours from The Chartered Society of Designers, Japan G Mark, Singapore Design Awards and Maison & Objet Paris. His designs have been exhibited at the Louvre in Paris and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1997, Chan was named “Artist of the Year” in Hong Kong. Later in 1998, he was also named “Entrepreneur of the Year”.

While historical legacies have been reinterpreted by many time-honoured western brands, Dennis realised that no brand fully captured the beauty and wisdom bursting from thousands of years of Chinese heritage.

Hence, he has chosen jewellery as the platform to fulfil his mission. In his quest “to redefine Chinese traditional symbolism through a contemporary lens and to let Chinese culture shine in the world of luxury once more”, he saw jewellery as the most natural art form.

Thus, Qeelin was born.
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