Memory in a Pearl

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© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

 —– Đọc bài tiếng Việt —–

We live in an era where discoveries and inventions are everyday happenings and we take them for granted, maybe, especially in the high tech industry. When was the last time you held the latest version of a tablet or a smart phone in your hands and was touched by the remarkable efforts put into it? I meant really touched in your heart it made you want to cry to look at the object! Think about the last time your heart felt tinkled at receiving a gift of any kind! When was it? I wonder whether the normalcy of frequent appearance of new toys and tools made available by high tech that makes life too preoccupied or predictable in some way for us to appreciate its many gifts any more.

I live in Bloomington, Indiana, in the mid-west, in the middle of nowhere to many people, where life is simple, relaxing, musically stimulated and pleasant. Of the numerous recent technological inventions, I don’t find myself pulled toward any. I have no desire and no need for GPS, a tablet or a smart phone. I guess in many ways I have taken many new inventions for granted as well. But it is time to change, because when it comes to Chi Huynh’s works, it is different.

A poet, painter, humanitarian, creator and jewelry designer, most of Chi Huynh’s creations of late break some boundary. He created carved pearls, miraculously cut gem stones to reveal a wide range of colorful light reflection, and cultured gem stone beads inside the pearls, just to mention some.

The first time I looked at Chi Huynh’s jewelry, myself not being a collector, I changed my mind and wanted to start a small collection of jewelry, just because his is a work of art that you want to preserve for generations. In Chi Huynh’s creations I see art works by a person with a vision, and most importantly I sense inspiration—something I personally value deeply. It is inspiration that makes me think that life is beautiful and worth living. In other words, inspiration makes me change the way I think about the world around me a little. But this ‘little’ goes a long way. Whenever I think about these visionary or revolutionary works, I could feel goose bumps on my arms and this sensation makes me feel alive. To be fair, I still consider inventions such as electricity, the telephone, the computer, or the internet the fascinating ones that have dramatically changed our life.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

Chi Huynh recently released his new creation that he called the Momento Pearl Collection. It features Tahitian and fresh-water pearls that contain a chip inside that can store a variety of digital content including images, messages and videos. When the pearl is tapped against a compatible mobile device the voice message or video can be played. Chi Huynh called this, “Taking smart jewelry to a completely new, emotional level.” If you cannot imagine how it works. Take a look at the videos. Here are video one and video two.

The chip deep inside the pearl is like a tiny computer that runs without a battery by induction energy. When the Galatea app is downloaded, the user records a message or uploads an audio file. By tapping the pearl against the mobile device, the audio is played and other digital material displayed. “From words of love and encouragement to wedding vows and Biblical passages,” Chi Huynh disclosed, “the emotional connections the Momento Pearl can make are truly endless.” With this creation, Chi believes that “A person can ‘live’ in this pearl forever, as it holds the voice and memories of a loved one.”

Chi Huynh revealed that what he loves most about the Momento Pearl Collection is the way the pearl can become a device—a symbol, actually—to store and generate positive messages, a force to counter negative energy that created events such as the recent terrorist attack in Paris. Chi Huynh is confident that the messages that people store in the pearl are normally beautiful moments that they want to relive or be relived by loved ones, thus germinating positive energy in life. Of course we could store pictures and video clips and music in the computer and then rarely open to review them. With Momento Pearl, precious moments in our lives can be stored quickly and conveniently for us to display. We look at the pear everyday as a symbol of love, and its message is just a tap away. Tap when you are happy. Tap when you are sad and angry, it can bring in a change in your emotion as the love message plays. It is this change to make life better that keeps Chi Huynh going with his creations.

The Momento Pearl Collection has a very attractive looking. Chi Huynh envisioned the hand-carved Momento Pearl to sparkle like little stars in the galaxy, thus the mystical presentation. Every of the carved pearl from Chi Huynh’s collections from the Galatea to the Momento is hand-sculptured by the Vietnamese artisans based in Sóc Trăng. That is where he established a factory to carve pearls and make jewelry to distribute to retail shops all over the world.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

I appreciate and love people with a vision. And Chi Huynh is one. Talking about the way he creates his art/jewelry collection Chi Huynh said: “First, it must enter the eyes. Second, it must enter the mind. Third, it must touch the heart.” Every piece of jewelry Chi makes must possess all these three qualities. The Momento Pearl Collection is a perfect combination of beauty, technology, and emotion. A fascinating gift that people young and old can appreciate.

So if you are like me, look around you, when you see a source of inspiration, stick around it, be alive and pursue a more spirited life.

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According to the press release from Galatea, the company founded by Chi Huynh, the complete collection of Momento Pearl jewelry includes 29 pendants, 26 earrings and 8 rings in 14k gold with Tahitian and freshwater pearls. Manufacturer Suggested Retails begin at $350. The Momento Pearl Collection will be available at Galatea authorized retail jewelers in January 2015, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

For more information about this Momento Pearl Collection, visit here.

For more information about Chi Huynh and his work, visit here.

Buy Chi Huynh’s jewelry online here.

Or call: 800-609 6888 or 909-592 0877; or e-mail: b.moss@galateausa.com

Vietnamese people can call: Mr. Nghiep Pham (714-312-9974); or e-mail: nghiep@galateausa.com

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

© Galatea: Jewelry by Artist.

–> Read the Vietnamese version

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