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Carnet by Michelle Ong

Vivienne Becker


A lavish survey of over twenty-five years of beautiful gems from Carnet, Michelle Ong's Hong Kong-based boutique jewelry house

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Michelle Ong’s multi-hued jewels crystallize natural forms with invisible mastery. The hovering translucency of dragonfly wings, the succulence of ripe fruits, the whisper-light touch of a feather, the seductive fragility of black lace, meticulously hand-wrought from silver, the velvet petals of an anemone, a voluptuously curled seashell, the evanescence of a floating cloud evoked in a scroll of diamonds: each jewel is a miniature sculptural work of art.

Michelle Ong established Carnet, her Hong Kong-based boutique jewelry house, over twenty-five years ago, and her unique one-off creations draw on Chinese motifs and her love of European culture and craftsmanship. Jade, China’s imperial gemstone, is reworked into an Art Deco-style cocktail ring. Her Chinese dragon, a fiercely benign creature, writhes in blackened gold and pavé-set emeralds, breathing a stream of fiery rubies.

Michelle Ong is now acknowledged among the greatest names in high jewelry, renowned for her sublime designs, idiosyncratic colour combinations and deft craftsmanship. This volume will be required reading by serious collectors and aficionados, and a source of deep delight for all those seeking inspiration from the finest of contemporary jewelry creators.

Joel Arthur Rosenthal, the master jeweler-artist better known by his initials, JAR, has written a foreword that pays homage to a kindred spirit.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 32.0 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 263

Publication date: 11 April 2019

ISBN: 9780500021637

Contents List

Foreword by Joel Rosenthal • Introduction by Vivienne Becker • Earth, Sky, Sea • Flora • Nature • Patterns

About the Author

Vivienne Becker has written for newspapers and magazines around the globe, and is recognized today as a world-leading authority on Art Nouveau Jewelry.