All three completely one-of-a-kind jewels by Ming Lampson come from her latest collection, “Secrets”, in which Ming explores the idea of secrets hidden inside or behind objects, curtains, parcels, presents, windows; secrets that entice and lure us, beckoning, inviting us to look further, deeper, to discover.
“I love the idea of imagining what is inside an old chest, behind a stained-glass window or a bead curtain,” she explains.
This ring, presented and available here for the first time, conjures images of Oriental lacquer chests that were traditionally Ming and Qing dynasty wedding cabinets.
Ming says, “I grew up with one of these red lacquer chests in my house, brought with us from Hong Kong to England, and I loved to imagine the secret treasures that it had stored inside it, through the years.”
She liked the idea too that the wedding chest contained the start of a life-journey, for two people, together. The kite-shape of the diamond reminded Ming of the lid of a Chinese chest and she designed an enamel structure in an evocative shade of red, to hold and protect this innermost treasure.
British • 1975
Ming Lampson was born in Sydney, grew up in Hong Kong, and settled in London. Some 20 years ago, her love of gemstones led her to Jaipur, where she apprenticed with a goldsmith and worked with gem dealers, learning about coloured gems. Returning to London, she studied jewellery-making, diamond-grading, and coloured stones and pearls with the GIA. Since then, Ming has worked as a private jeweller, creating one-of-a-kind bespoke jewels for a select clientèle. Her early years in Hong Kong gave her both her Chinese name and an enduring fascination with the East. So that when, more recently, she created two themed collections, Oriental Garden and Reverence for Nature, both were Orientalist in inspiration. Her designs are imaginative, her craftsmanship traditional and meticulous and all her jewellery is hand-made in her own workshops in London.