Retrospective of east-meets-west jewels celebrates Hong Kong jeweller.
Asia House in London is set to host a retrospective exhibition of jewellery of Michelle Ong of Carnet fine jewellers, Hong Kong.
The Exquisite Jewellery of Michelle Ong exhibition will take place from the 15 to 24 September, at Asia House on New Cavendish Street in London.
The exhibition of some 180 jewels, many generously loaned for the event by collectors from around the world, tells the story of Carnet from its inception in 1985 to the present day.
Jewellery will be showcased individually or in thematic groups. Ong’s designs include floating clouds, Chinese dragons, magic hoops, jade carvings, rose-cut diamonds and chandelier earrings.
Ong was born in Hong Kong, where she lives today, but spent several years living and working in North America. She served an apprenticeship in the diamond industry and – with no formal training in design – began to create jewellery for herself because she could never find pieces she desired and wanted to wear.
Ong established Carnet in 1985 with precious gem-dealer Avi Nagar as her business partner. Carnet opened her first selling space in Hong Kong in 2003, and later a boutique in 2007 designed by American architect Edward Tuttle.