GET TO KNOW ... SIMONE NG
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