All three completely one-of-a-kind jewels by Ming Lampson come from her newest 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.
These meticulously hand-crafted hoop earrings, presented here for the first time, represent the changing play of light through a stained glass window.
“I have always been fascinated by the way in which stained glass windows change their appearance according to the quality of light, the time of day,” she says. “The radiating wheels of colour in windows such as those of Chartres Cathedral are captivating. Churches and temples are the ultimate keepers of secrets.”
Just as jewels are the ultimate storytellers, and guardians of secrets and surprises.
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.