YVONNE KUNG

Hong Kong Tatler - - Gem Icons -

The man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Julico Jewel, a fam­ily-run business es­tab­lished more than 40 years ago, Yvonne com­bined her ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in bank­ing and re­cruit­ment with her love of semi-pre­cious gems to take over run­ning the business.

Yvonne has ex­tended Julico Jewel’s range to of­fer more imag­i­na­tive and quirky de­signs along­side cus­tomised pieces for high-pro­file clients such as Grace Jones and for­mer US pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton.

“We have a strong Euro­pean back­ground from my mother’s side, par­tic­u­larly from Rus­sia, and so that in­spired me to in­cor­po­rate my ideas in a va­ri­ety of in­no­va­tive styles as part of Julico Jewel’s over­all de­sign con­cept,” she says.

Yvonne’s de­signs are a whim­si­cal yet el­e­gant take on every­day ob­jects: a del­i­cate fil­i­gree bracelet or a neck­lace re­sem­bling a tas­sel, geo­met­ric ear­rings fea­tur­ing coloured gem­stones or a di­a­mond-stud­ded brooch in the shape of a bee.

“I am lucky enough to be fairly well trav­elled and take a very keen in­ter­est in my sur­round­ings,” she says. “I closely ob­serve how sen­sory as­pects, both nat­u­ral and con­structed, can be fash­ioned ar­tis­ti­cally into de­light­ful pieces of jew­ellery fea­tur­ing gem­stones.”

As a jew­eller who started out in a dif­fer­ent field al­to­gether, Yvonne feels Hong Kong has many op­por­tu­ni­ties for as­pir­ing en­trepreneurs. “There are many ex­cel­lent jew­ellery de­sign cour­ses that help foster cre­ativ­ity and of­fer ex­per­tise in the pro­duc­tion process,” she says. “The Trade De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil, in par­tic­u­lar, ini­ti­ates an an­nual de­sign com­pe­ti­tion that al­lows young de­sign­ers to showcase their col­lec­tions and gar­ner a wider au­di­ence for their skills.”

RE­FINED TASTE Gold and di­a­mond pin from Julico Jewel

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