When was the last time you visited Singapore?
I left Singapore when I was five years old but later returned to finish high school. Since my university daus, I return once or twice a year to visit my family. I was last here in August 2014.
You’re effectively a New Yorker. How has the city influenced your aesthetic and creative approach as a jeweller?
I definitely feel like a New Yorker but will always be Singaporean at heart. New York City is electric, and its energy and impact is an endless source of inspiration. But I think my survival in New York should be attributed to the Singaporean in me – especially my work ethic.
What makes a piece of jewellery distinctly Lynn Ban?
A piece of Lynn Ban jewellery is a bold statement. My signature black diamond and rhodium pieces (like these pyramid-shaped ear studs) exemplify a dark, mysterious allure coupled with a sleek and chic design aesthetic.
What can we expect from the exclusive collection you’re presenting at Club 21?
The seven exclusive designs for Club 21 ($1,200-$7,200, available only on August 20 at #01-01/02 Four Seasons Hotel) are signature Lynn Ban with their edgy style and spirit. They’re an exploration of a modern-day Medusa, like the black ring which is the only men’s piece ($2,400 each) and appears to be made up of writhing, wriggling snakes. The serpent-shaped earrings represent the duality of good and evil.
Everyone knows you as the jeweller of choice among edgy stars like Rihanna and Madonna. Are the pieces in this collection inspired by them in any way?
I am so fortunate to have a long-standing collaboration with Rihanna and Madonna. I am a huge fan of these strong, fierce icons and love that they have embraced my designs. All the incredible artists I work with – including Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj – serve as my muses.