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  • Exhibited

    “Exquisite Jewels: The Art of Carnet by Michelle Ong”, The Burrell Collection, Pollock Country Park, Glasgow Scotland, UK 27th of October - 10th of December 2006, no. 77
    he Nature of Diamonds, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas, May 8 - September 7, 2009

Only an artful designer can imitate the suppleness of fabric when creating a piece of jewelry. Michelle Ong is one of a rare few to achieve this capriciousness. She has transformed the bib necklace, a traditional style from the turn of the twentieth century, into a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship that simulates lace. In place of thread on this necklace, diamondseplatinum sections are “woven” into a latticework pattern with the crossing highlighted by a diamond. Teardrop and cushionshapedrose-cut pendant diamonds provide contrast to the design with each gemstone decreasing in size to the clasp. This subtle but clever arrangement draws the eye, demanding to be noticed. When worn, this necklace drapes around the neck and feels like the fabric it is imitating. When a woman such as Michelle Ong designs jewelry, she understands the medium in a different way than a man. She knows how a piece should be worn, how it should feel to the touch and, most importantly, that it should not be too heavy; otherwise, it will be uncomfortable to wear. This necklace fulfills all of the above.Michelle Ong works out of Hong Kong. In 1985, she and her partner, Avi Nagar, started as importers and wholesalers of fine diamonds under the name of Dorera but the firm soon developed a reputation for its custom designed jewelry. In 1999, thefirm’s name became Carnet and it was at this time that their design focus became more western with piece made to an exacting standard.

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A Unique Diamond ‘Organdie’ Necklace MICHELLE ONG for CARNET

2001
Designed as a subtle and luxuriant bib, the fabric flexible, composed of graduating circular and rose-cut diamonds, delicately woven into a latticework girandole bib, suspending two sections of teardrop and cushion-shaped rose-cut pendants, mounted in platinum, length 18 inches
Total diamond weight is approximately 110.69 carats

Estimate
$250,000 - 350,000 

JEWELS

8 December 2010  2pm
New York