Myanmar is arguably a resource-rich country. In an effort to introduce the country’s abundant hidden treasures to the international audience, Zin Thae Naing launched Art & J Myanmar at the Novotel Yangon Max on May 23.
She started Julia’s Collections Gems & Jewellery about seven years ago and has been wowing people with her aesthetic jewellery pieces since. Now, she launched the new line, Art & J Myanmar, profoundly with her years of experience.
Accompanied by her husband who is a famous actor, Paing Zay Ye Htun, the event — Art & J Myanmar Exclusive Launch & Private Sales unveiled 14 sets of jewellery to the invited friends, business people and celebrities.
In her own words, Art & J stands for Art and her beloved daughter Julia, plus also the word Jewellery. Ever since from the start, her first own brand called Julia’s Collections Gems & Jewellery had been a namesake of her daughter. A true entrepreneur as well as a proud mother of three children indeed.
“I would like to present my collections of jewellery as works of art. The price tags are in USD as we’re striving to become an international brand but if someone wants to purchase in Myanmar currency, we will offer them at an exchange rate of 1500MMK per dollar,” said Zin Thae Naing.
Art & J Myanmar uses precious stones straight from the mines in Mogok, the country’s gem land. All the pieces bear Myanmar traditional influences, and interestingly enough, were displayed alongside the everyday items of the past. Harp-shaped earrings are hung on an old charcoal iron. A brooch in the shape of a woman with a Pathein umbrella is attached on a piece of velvet on a typewriter.
Such juxtaposition makes whoever walks in feel like they are in the middle of an art exhibition. The watercolour painting of two women wearing long earrings in the shape of Pathein umbrellas is especially amazing. At present, Art & J Myanmar is focusing on women but Zin Thae Naing say they are also focusing on collections for men in the future.