Keeping Alive Penang’s Reputation as a Jewellery Design Centre

By William Tham

August 2020 FEATURE
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Three generations on duty.
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RETURNING CUSTOMERS ARE always welcome, even if they arrive to the little shop at the corner of the KOMTAR Gold and Jewellery Centre with a list of detailed specifications. This particular customer wants a custom-made ring – would the shop be able to deliver?The young proprietor and gemmologist, Teh De Jack of KOMTAR Gem and Jewellery Design, takes note of the customer’s demands; he wants a dual-tone ring composed of both 18 karat1 gold and white gold. He also wants...

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William Tham

first novel, Kings of Petaling Street, was shortlisted for the Penang Book Prize in 2017. His second novel, The Last Days, was published in 2020. He is the editor of Paper & Text, a collection of essays on Malaysian literature and the book trade.