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Bling-bling: 24K-gold-plated apricot, peach blossoms add bit of razzle dazzle to Tet season

Sunday, January 28, 2024, 01:09 GMT+7
Bling-bling: 24K-gold-plated apricot, peach blossoms add bit of razzle dazzle to Tet season
A close-up of the gold-plated apricot blossoms produced by Mai Vang Rong Viet in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

A Vietnamese company has decided to add a little bit of bling to this year’s Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) holiday by creating 24K-gold-plated decorative apricot and peach blossom trees.

Mai Vang Rong Viet, based in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, is captivating customers with the presence of two impressive apricot blossom trees, each standing at three meters tall and valued at VND6 billion and VND5.5 billion, respectively, located in its lobby.(US$1 = 24,607)

Two huge gold-plated apricot blossom trees on display at the Mai Vang Rong Viet headquarters at 45 Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Two huge gold-plated apricot blossom trees on display at the Mai Vang Rong Viet headquarters at 45 Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

One of these trees boasts roots meticulously crafted to resemble a dragon's head weighing 288kg, while its limbs are adorned with 1,715 gold-plated blossoms.

In addition to the apricot blossom trees, the company has also designed a 3.6-meter-high gold-plated Buddha statue placed under a Bodhi tree, which the company claims is worth $1 million, as well as a two-meter-tall peach blossom tree which it plans to sell for VND1.3 billion.

This gold-plated Buddha statue sitting under the Bodhi tree produced by Mai Vang Rong Viet measures 3.6-meters tall and is valued at US$1 million. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

This gold-plated Buddha statue sitting under the Bodhi tree produced by Mai Vang Rong Viet measures 3.6 meters tall and is valued at $1 million. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Every intricately crafted product produced by Mai Vang Rong Viet undergoes a meticulous 12-step manufacturing process.

This comprehensive phase includes ideation, sample creation, molding, high-end nano coating, and intricate detailing.

Around 70 percent of the workload is done manually by artisans and engineers. The remaining 30 relies on technology, machinery, and processing equipment. 

According to Do Xuan Ngoc, chairman of the company, all of Mai Vang Rong Viet’s products are made of solid bronze, plated with 24K gold, and coated with a nano layer to keep the gold from fading or collecting fingerprints.  

Do Xuan Ngoc, chairman of the company’s board of directors, presents the apricot blossom trees displayed at his company’s lobby. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Do Xuan Ngoc, chairman of Mai Vang Rong Viet, presents the apricot blossom trees displayed in his company’s lobby. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

“With these trees, we aim to preserve the culture and identity of Tet, as well as uphold and promote the traditional craft of bronze casting for interior decorations,” Ngoc said. 

The gold-plated trees produced by the company are expected to be on display at the My Dinh Flower Fair in Hanoi and on Nguyen Hue Flower Street in Ho Chi Minh City during the Tet holiday, due early next month.

An apricot blossom tree on sale for VND68 million (US$2,763). Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

An apricot blossom tree on sale for VND68 million ($2,763). Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

A dragon fetches VND19 million (US$772.03). Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

A dragon fetches VND19 million ($772.03). Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Peach blossoms coated in pink gold. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Peach blossoms coated in pink gold. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

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