Our week of virtual introductions continues, as we invite you to get to know a few of our Jaq Jaq Bird friends from around the world and share their experiences as they shelter-in-place.
Today, we would like you to meet Caroline Liang
— one of our most fascinating Jaq Jaq Bird friends.
1. TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
I was born in Taiwan and at the age of 10, our family immigrated to Argentina where we lived for 3 years before crossing the globe again to Toronto, Canada. Growing up, I have always had a great interest in art and a love for beautiful things. Upon receiving my BFA, I pursued my fascination with gemstones, which formed during my second year in college, and proceeded to GIA in Carlsbad, California to become a gemologist. I am now living and working at Christie's in Shanghai, China
as a jewelry specialist and am also an auctioneer. I love working with my colleagues globally and enjoy
traveling to different cities worldwide for our annual sale sites such as New York, Geneva and Hong Kong. At the sales, I get to advise my clients on which pieces to collect based on their interests and share my passion for jewelries with them.
2. HOW HAS YOUR JOB TRANSITIONED DURING SHELTER-IN-PLACE?
Due to shelter in place, I now have the time and chance to study period jewelry designers, with one of them being Paul Flato, an American jeweler in New York City from the 1920s to the early 1940s. Considered the first celebrity jeweler, he was well known for important jewelry and as an early proponent of whimsical pieces. I finally have the time to do research on him, study about him and have put together a lecture where I am excited to share with our jewelry collectors in China on my next jewelry knowledge sharing lecture. While I am very familiar with the Cartier brand professionally, I’ve always been intrigued by their founding stories. Because of that, I am very excited to read The Cartiers, written by Francesca Cartier Brickell, a direct descendant of the Cartier family. Learning the untold stories of the family jewelry empire from within the walls is the kind of adventure that I enjoy embarking on.
3. HOW HAVE YOU USED YOUR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS CREATIVELY OUTSIDE OF WORK?
As an auctioneer, I have put together several fundraisers for a charity that is close to my heart. It is a non-profit organization that helps rescue trafficked women and trains them to work in the marketplace. Through the process, I brought awareness on human trafficking to my circle of influence and encouraged them to donate items for the auction. From the auction, I was then able to expand that awareness through word-of-mouth invitations to raise funds. I mobilized my colleagues to volunteer alongside me, and we sold about 95% of the listed items. It was fun and meaningful for us to come together and utilize our skills, gifts and means to help trafficked women through this organization.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE INSIDE YOUR HOME AND WHY?
I have a few favorite spots in my home and one of them is my living room. I designed and picked out the color scheme of the room from the decors to the fabric of the couch which is custom-made. I spend most of my time in the living room to do workouts, catch up on the news and read. My couch is so comfortable. I use it to take power naps on the weekends when I am not traveling around the globe for work.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE UNPLUGGED ACTIVITY?
I enjoy good food, and I like to explore all types of cuisines. I especially love to spend quality time together with friends, engrossed in a conversation while savoring over a mouth-watering dish.
I also have different unplugged loves depending on the city that I am in. Such as in Geneva, I go for long walks by the lake and take in deep breaths of the clean, fresh air. I wish I could bottle its air up and take it home with me.
6. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU HAVE DISCOVERED ABOUT YOURSELF WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE?
I find myself really enjoying this time by myself. I am catching up on my readings, pondering over things and have also reorganized my closet and spaces, which has been a fun treasure hunt for me. I value this extra time to myself, because I get to experience slow living and enjoy rest. I’ve reconnected with people that I don’t normally have the time for during usual workdays. This time has been rejuvenating for my soul.
Thank you, Caroline, and we hope to see you soon!
Continue to learn more and follow along with Caroline's jewelry adventures by following her on Instagram.