The silver teapot with jadeite inlay represents the collaborative work between contemporary designer and metalsmith Yve Chan and traditional gem-setting craftsman Jimmy Hui. Made from sterling silver, the design of the teapot blends the aesthetics of the East and the West. Sterling silver, also known as 925 silver, contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper, which incorporates hardness with purity and is often used in European silverware.
Utilizing traditional raising and sinking techniques, Yve Chan shaped the flat silver sheet into hollow and three-dimensional forms by repeated hammering and then welding the pieces together. Eighteen karat gold rings were designed to connect to the double handle, reducing heat transfer when touched. The lid is the centerpiece of the teapot; Yve used chasing and repoussé techniques to emboss the unique motif. After repeated hammering, a three-dimensional form of mid-relief, also known as half-relief or mezzo-rilievo, is created by combining the technique of making it “concave” (Chasing) and “convex” (Repoussé).
An icy jadeite from Myanmar is then inlaid on the top of the teapot lid by Master Jimmy Hui