Michelle Ong Jewellery
Michelle Ong Jewellery
In my opinion, to view jewellery collection of high quality and craftsmanship is like visiting a museum. Indeed, even if you can’t afford to buy something, you come out full of impressions, inspiration, and with the feeling that you touched “the beautiful”.
Known for the production of custom-made unique jewelry, sold at international auctions, Chinese jeweler Michelle Ong lives and works in Hong Kong. Michelle Ong Jewellery distinguishes stunning complexity of the smallest details. And 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. Noteworthy, some of her jewels can take months or even years to make.
According to Ong, beautiful jewellery must always be a fantasy. “I don’t call myself demanding but know what I want and get it.” As a result, the name of Michelle Ong has become well known to all jewelry lovers for her 25 year career. In fact, what started as a hobby, turned into a thriving jewellery brand. Besides, Michelle Ong reputation is so high that the creators of the film “The Da Vinci Code” asked her to make the jewelry for them.
Ms. Ong said, that one of the first pieces she created was a large palm tree brooch with rose-cut white and fancy brown color diamonds. ‘‘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. And 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.