Tatler Philippines

Small Talk


Storytelli­ng is an interest that this jeweller effortless­ly incorporat­es into her works. In this short catch up with Tatler, she relates how her bespoke pieces highlight sentimenta­lity

You are known for using precious stones and metals in creating pieces that are both art and accessory. Can you walk us through this process? When making our bespoke or custom-made pieces, our process usually begins with meeting the client, to learn about his or her style and preference­s and o know what specific piece he or she is looking for. After this, we begin with sketching the designs which we then present to the clients. Once finalised, this is then brought to production. For collection pieces, I usually begin with a certain theme that I study through research; then I create mood boards and playlists to get the feeling and understand the piece thoroughly.

How are you able to work on your two passions (jewellery designing and culinary) despite the limitation­s brought by Covid-19?

Having been in the industry for more than a decade now, jewellery designing is now something I consider as part of my everyday life. When the pandemic hit us back in 2020, there were a lot of challenges we had to face but I’m proud that we were able to find ways to adapt with the help of new advancemen­ts in technology and the resiliency of our team.

When did your love for jewellery-making begin? Can you please share some of your most favourite works? Growing up, I have always been creative. I love making things and as young as in middle school, I began an appreciati­on for jewellery. However, it was around college during my early twenties that I began with jewellerym­aking. I evolved from simple, handmade, wired jewellery to embroidere­d jewellery and then to fine jewellery. One of my most favourite works is the embroidere­d bib necklace that I have displayed and framed in my boutique. In some way, I can say it enlivened that spirit of telling myself that I was going to stay committed to this artistry and I was going to make it work.

How often should people clean their accessorie­s? What specific storage should jewellery enthusiast­s consider having to preserve their mostvalued pieces?

For profession­al cleaning and checking of jewellery, we recommend doing it every six months especially if they are worn frequently. Here we check the prongs holding the stones, the setting itself and clean the piece thoroughly. For storing and keeping jewellery, a lined or padded jewellery box with separate sections or compartmen­ts is best.

What tips can you share to budding designers who want to make it big in the jewellerym­aking industry someday? Working in the jewellery industry isn’t a glamorous job. Like any career, there are a lot of aspects to consider—finance, marketing, inventory and more. As a designer, you’ll face a lot of different challenges, but the most important thing is to stay committed.

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