Carnet by Michelle Ong


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


ISBN: 9780500021637 Category:

Vivienne Becker


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. Her 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. 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 pavĂ©-set emeralds, breathing a stream of fiery rubies. Ong’s work 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.

Additional information

Weight 2198 g
Dimensions 25.8 x 32.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 June 2019
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.8 x 32.6 cm
Weight 2198 g


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