Thursday, August 1, 2013


18K Gold Vermeil Rings with
Sculpted Fauna in Agate, Carnelian,
Turquoise and Baltic Amber
Myanmar is renowned for its ancient architecture of temples and pagodas.  However, the city of Meiktila offers an awe-inspiring scene from nature known as Lake Meiktila or the Royal Lake.

Divided into two portions, Lake Meiktila provides water to the city’s crops as well as drinking water to all of the city’s residents.  

Myanmar is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong.

Statement jewelry is all about bold visuals.  For this style of jewelry beauty is not in symmetry or uniformity but in the balance of seemingly opposing forms, textures and colors.  

Ong’s substantial high-end collection of gemstone necklaces, dangle earrings, cuff bracelets and cocktail rings are unflinching in their potent, unearthed type details.

Semi-precious gemstones that include rose quartz, Brazilian tourmaline, lemon citrine, and fire opal are focal points complemented by molten 18-karat gold vermeil.  These dazzling components climax into raw, organic creations.

Ong’s eye for color and distinctive arrangement is informed by the authentic beauty of landscapes and woodland creatures.  Frogs, snails, butterflies and spiders are regular accents on many of the jeweler’s stunning cuff bracelets.

The jeweler’s no-holds-barred manner of expression is her calling card.  Her passionate need for individuality drives her to create designs that step broadly beyond current trends revealing that for her creativity is a place of freedom.
18K Gold Vermeil Sculpted Cuff Bracelet with
Gray and Black Pearls, Brazilian Citrine and Lemon Quartz
“I consider myself a lifelong learner.  When I started designing jewelry twelve years ago I had a degree in business management.  

I started designing jewelry because I could not find anything I wanted to wear.  I refuse to make mass-produced pieces in a single design,” says the Philippines-based mother of two. 

“I have no interest in creating two pieces that are exactly the same.  Each piece is designed with specific stones in mind.  They are crafted entirely by hand by a team of craftsmen using a variety of techniques from forging to hammering to chasing and reticulation. 

For my entire life, I have been drawn to the different; the unique and the quirky.  I also have an enduring interest in studying sustainability of resources and using recycled or recyclable materials,” she explains. 

“The stones I choose vary from the known to the rare and obscure.  Their single common bond is their personality and the possible stories they tell.  

The gems drive the designs.  I believe that the number of days, weeks even, put into designing and crafting a single piece makes the difference between a common commodity and a piece of art.”

Coral Earrings with Citrine Drops
2013 Jewelry Trend Alert:   Though Ong is not driven by trend cycles her use of agate stones including fire agate, is on trend.  

In addition, her chock full statement pieces that include bold cuffs, and her use of sustainable materials round out the sampling of what is hot this year.
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