SHINY as New

New­comer Ching’s Di­a­mond Col­lec­tion turns a spot­light on qual­ity crafts­man­ship and artis­tic ex­pres­sion

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tater Focus - more in­for­ma­tion on Ching's Di­a­mond Col­lec­tion can be found at chings­di­a­mond.com

Ev­ery great artist has some­thing in com­mon: the nat­u­ral abil­ity to tell a mov­ing story, to trans­late hu­man emo­tion onto a can­vas, into a song or onto a stage. Ching Ng, jew­ellery de­signer and founder of Ching’s Di­a­mond Col­lec­tion, cer­tainly fits the mould.

The pas­sion­ate en­tre­pre­neur man­ages to cap­ture ev­ery­day beauty and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences in her de­signs, each of which seems to tell its own cap­ti­vat­ing story. “When I’m de­sign­ing jew­ellery, I feel free, like a duck in wa­ter. I can put my thoughts or el­e­ments into one piece, or into the col­lec­tion, and it feels really good,” says Ching.

Grow­ing up in a mu­si­cal fam­ily and hav­ing stud­ied clas­si­cal mu­sic for two decades, Ching is no stranger to artis­tic ex­pres­sion. She has the rare abil­ity to trans­fer hu­man emo­tion into her un­con­ven­tional jew­ellery de­signs, which have been made to feel more like an ex­ten­sion of the body rather than a mere ac­ces­sory.

Ching’s com­mit­ment to cre­ativ­ity and tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship en­sures that each be­spoke Ching’s Di­a­mond Col­lec­tion piece be­gins with a per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence. “When my friends come to me and want some­thing one-of-a-kind, they need to share their sto­ries and mem­o­ries with me—this is my favourite part,” she ex­plains. “I lis­ten to the sto­ries and come up with ideas. When the pieces come out, the feel­ing for them, and for me, is so warm and won­der­ful.”

This love of sto­ry­telling is not the only in­spi­ra­tion be­hind her pieces. If you look closely, you can see the sub­tle in­flu­ences from all sides of Ching’s life: an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for an­cient Chi­nese cul­ture, her ex­pe­ri­ences abroad in the United States, a pen­chant for con­tem­po­rary art and her deep knowl­edge of clas­si­cal mu­sic.

Ching has a per­sonal motto, “Be­lieve in Art,” which she has clev­erly en­graved into all her pieces. “Art is my life; I think life is art,” she says. And art is really the only word you can use to de­scribe her in­tri­cate, imag­i­na­tive jew­ellery de­signs, which use top-qual­ity di­a­monds and pre­cious stones.

The col­lec­tion’s four ma­jor themes are in­spired by tra­di­tional Chi­nese mu­sic: Fly Wing to Wing chan­nels the sounds of a Chi­nese drama, while Chas­ing the Moon cap­tures the essence of a tra­di­tional Chi­nese mu­sic com­po­si­tion. Just like a mother cradling a baby, Ching gen­tly lifts each of her works of art, telling ev­ery story with great pride.

“I made this phoenix brooch for my mum,” she says, point­ing to a draw­ing of a pow­er­ful bird. “She’s like a queen. And when peo­ple think of queens, they think of some­one strong and in the high­est po­si­tion. The phoenix has her head down and eyes closed, rep­re­sented by blue sap­phires. It’s like a danc­ing phoenix that means hap­pi­ness and love—just what I think of my mum.”

Be­liev­ing that jew­ellery should be treated with as much care and de­tail as fine art, Ching has cre­ated a col­lec­tion that’s meant to last a life­time, es­chew­ing trends in favour of time­less pieces, at­ten­tion to de­tail and ar­ti­san crafts­man­ship. “I hope that when peo­ple see my jew­ellery, the first thing that they think of is my motto—to be­lieve in art,” she says.

Labour of Love The col­lec­tion is di­vided into four themes in­spired by tra­di­tional Chi­nese mu­sic

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