Hong Kong Tatler - - Gem Icons -

Only the sec­ond Asian jew­eller to present her work at the Bi­en­nale des An­ti­quaires in Paris, main­land-born Diana Zhang is de­but­ing a highly an­tic­i­pated col­lec­tion this year, in­spired by Chi­nese flow­ers. A self-taught de­signer, her pas­sion for beauty tran­scends bound­aries and some­times, com­mer­cial sense. She once re­fused to sell a piece be­cause she couldn’t bear to part with it. Com­pleted pieces can take any­where from 10 months to two years to pro­duce, with each stone se­lected by Zhang. What do you love about your job? I don’t see it as a job. It is more of a phi­los­o­phy in life, my pas­sion, and I con­sider my­self very lucky to be able to in­dulge in what I love and work on th­ese mar­velous pieces. I get so happy when I see ladies wear­ing my cre­ations and re­ally en­joy­ing them. Who would play you in a movie? Au­drey Hep­burn, for her ethe­real beauty and warm heart. Her el­e­gance is time­less. Cur­rently read­ing... Christie’s jew­ellery cat­a­logues and books on fa­mous jew­ellers fill my shelves. If you were an ice cream flavour... Straw­berry, be­cause of its colour, taste and look.

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