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Jewelry designer Ann Ong takes global stage with latest collection

Filipina jewelry designer and three-time Katha Awards winner Ann Ong continues to make her mark on the global change as she presents her newest collection of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces, titled “Surround yourself with Nature,” at New York.
Ong, who picked up the “Best Designer” award in the February 2016 Winter show at New York Now for her SustainAbility Clutch– continues to capture the imagination of stylistas and delight the fashion elite with her intricately gilded pieces that merge the organic with the opulent. As an artist, she showcases her keen eye for detail and proud Filipina roots by using humble materials such as the homely banig, bamboo and even salvaged wood, elevating these into impressive obra maestras.
“I have always been driven to find the beauty in materials and pieces that people often overlook and underappreciate. I salvage materials and find ways to repurpose stuff I find, as I want to show people that the ‘common’ can also be transformed into something extraordinary,” she says.
In her 2018 collection, Ong once again shows her penchant for the opulent, using an array of precious metals, rare stones and hammered gold (crafted by hand by the artisans) that are wielded together with a light and gentle touch.
Different sized minauderies boast an intricate cage of gold with gems and crystals such as rough-cut amethyst, tourmaline and pearls shining bright against the polished canvas. Each piece becomes a style statement — elegant, powerful and timeless in its beauty. Her Banig Clutch and Bamboo Clutch are reintroduced with new interpretations.
For her neck pieces, cuffs and accessories in her Opulencia and Surround Yourself With Nature collections, Ong looks to the outside world for inspiration and captures her audience’s imagination by reflecting the different forms of the wild — Spring blooms, dragonflies in flight, weaving vines and the mysterious depths of vibrant sea. While her pieces are definitely opulent, Ong achieves a balance, lending an earthy, grounded appeal to her collection.

Visit Ann Ong’s stores at Asia Society Museum at Park Avenue New York, Cincinnati Museum and Shangri-La the Fort Hotel. For the complete collections, you may also visit http://www.annongjewelry.com/. Follow her Instagram page at anngianinnaong.

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