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FrontRunners: Jewel Box

Jill Newman

Michelle Ong’s artistic jewelry designs, formerly available only through a private appointment or at auction, can now be found at her recently opened Carnet salon (carnet@carnetjewellery.com) in Hong Kong’s luxury shopping area known as Central.

Like Ong’s distinctive style, the boutique fuses Eastern and Western influences. It was designed by famed architect Edward Tuttle, whose credits include luxury hotels Amanpuri in Phuket, Thailand, and Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The shop, with its leather-tiled walls and African black chitin trimming and furniture, serves as a sumptuous showcase for Ong’s decidedly feminine and sensual pieces.

Aside from Ong’s signature lacy diamond jewelry, the salon carries her new collection of precious timepieces.

One style features a dial made of a single large diamond set on a platinum bangle with rose-cut diamonds. Like her jewels, the watches stand apart for their unique design and feminine edge.

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