Thursday, January 23, 2014

Michelle Ong for Carnet

Post by Christine Webb

I am completely and utterly in awe of Michelle Ong, the jewelry designer for Carnet.  I have always admired her work, but after receiving the incredible book, 21st-Century Jewellery Designers an Inspired Style by Juliet Weir-De La RochefoucauldI am now certifiably obsessed.  The book features many of my favorite designers, but Michelle Ong has now reached the top of my list. Ong is focused on details.  She creates small differences to repetitive themes to change the total effect of a piece. Intensely feminine with an exquisite sense of style, her jewelry is graceful.  Ong uses strong tones when combining color providing wonderful contrasts.  She is also focused on the fluidity and movement of her pieces.

Spellbound Sapphire Earrings: Blue sapphire and white diamond drop earrings
set in 18k white gold
Christine's Gem to Remember
There are so many reasons why I'm in love with these earrings.  The flowing ribbons of diamonds in scrolls framing the sapphires, the mixing of different cuts as seen in the flat diamond rondelles, and of course the beautiful blue hue of the octagonal sapphires. Truly stand alone earrings - no necklace required!

Carnet is the culmination of a 20 year partnership. Michelle Ong is the artist creating the fabulous jewels, and her partner, Avi Nagar makes this possible by dealing with the business aspects of Carnet. They opened an atelier in Hong Kong in 2003 to showcase their one-of-a-kind jewelry. From the looks of it, I'd say it is a perfect partnership. When do we visit Hong Kong?!

Note how the blue color of the titanium enhances both the diamonds as well as the rubies and pink sapphires in these earrings - brilliant!

Pretty Passion: Diamond, amethyst, ruby and pink sapphire drop earrings
 set in 18k white gold and titanium