Michelle Ong Jewellery
To view jewellery collection of high quality and craftsmanship is like going to a museum or art gallery: even if you can’t afford to buy it, you come out full of impressions, inspiration, and with the feeling that you touched “the beautiful”. Chinese jeweler Michelle Ong lives and works in Hong Kong. Her brand Carnet is known for the production of custom-made unique jewelry, sold at international auctions. Jewelry by Michelle is distinguished by stunning complexity of the smallest details. She carefully considers combination of colors and materials and the use of non-trivial style solutions.
Perfectionist by nature, Ong categorically refuses to release new creations on sale as long as they do not seem ideal to her. Some of her jewels can take months or even years to make. ‘Beautiful jewellery must always be a fantasy. I don’t call myself demanding but I know what I want and I get it.’ This insistence is more than justified, because the name of Michelle Ong has become well known to all jewelry lovers for her 25 year career. What started as a hobby, turned into a thriving jewellery brand with so high reputation that the creators of the film “The Da Vinci Code” asked her to make the jewelry items that were needed for the script.
‘‘One of the first pieces I created was a large palm tree brooch with rose-cut white and fancy brown color diamonds,’’ Ms. Ong said. ‘‘I wanted to capture palm leaves that had dimension and yet a graceful light-filled sensibility, as though they could really swap in the breeze, supported by the gold-bound and diamond trunk and base.
The designer, a long time collector of Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry, started Carnet in 1990 to link high jewelry with her own female perspective on aesthetics. ‘‘I started using rose-cut diamonds over 15 years ago. Almost no one was using them at that time any more,’’ she said, surrounded by the jewel box-style boutique that Carnet operates in Hong Kong’s Central district. ‘‘Rose-cut diamonds we reused in absolutely wonderful old pieces, and I immediately wanted to use them in my own way for Carnet”.
A self-taught designer, Michelle Ong works with Avi Nagar, a diamond dealer who moved to Hong Kong 32 years ago from Tel Aviv.