Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Jewels -

DID YOU KNOW? The prices of di­a­monds have in­creased about 2.5 per­cent, com­pared to Paraiba tour­ma­lines, which have dou­bled in price this year. The creative di­rec­tor of Simone Jewels is a jew­ellery mav­er­ick, turn­ing gems and di­a­monds into tales of whimsy. BAZAAR catches up with the de­signer dur­ing the launch of her lat­est Ro­mance du Art Nou­veau col­lec­tion. What in­spired you to be­come a jew­ellery de­signer? I was in­flu­enced by my mother to be a great artist. I spent a lot of time draw­ing; I was do­ing a lot of de­signs for my­self and my hus­band ad­vised me to start a busi­ness. How does a typ­i­cal de­sign process be­gin? I can be in­spired by a gem, or some­thing else like his­tory. It works both ways. Most chal­leng­ing as­pect? Com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the crafts­men and de­vel­op­ing it layer by layer. It’s sim­i­lar to build­ing a house. The least chal­leng­ing part would be find­ing the gem­stones. Your pieces are ver­sa­tile and can be worn in five to 10 ways. How would you wear yours? I have a pair of ear­rings which I change po­si­tions ac­cord­ing to oc­ca­sion. The piece also has a hook at­tached, which means I could hang dif­fer­ent charms to achieve dif­fer­ent looks. Favourite gem­stone? Coloured stones over di­a­monds, as they are much rarer.

Simone Jewels was one of the first in our re­gion to in­tro­duce rare Paraiba tour­ma­lines in jew­ellery pieces

Fan­tasy and art goes hand-in­hand for most of Simone’s jew­ellery, in­clud­ing the Char­iot of Trea­sures ring

Simone Ng

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