Crafting keepsakes of authentic tradition

The Wynn Wynn Ong icon has been recrafted signaling positive change. Inspired by the brand’s graphic DNA of metaphorical sun rays and computer chip graphic device, a new form is crafted as new symbolism of a sleek, modern “S” monogram. This denotes abstracted waves of energy and prisms of light. Then the monogram is arranged into four quadrants, creating a rhythm and movement to symbolize new momentum, while representing four of our well-defined core values of excellent standards, innovation, commitment and efficiency.


The Designer

Wynn Wynn Ong was born – though not raised – in Burma. Brought up in Vienna and Manila from the age of two, her continental upbringing and childhood travels throughout Europe formed her distinct sense of aesthetics.

Born into a family of women who collected jewelry, and in a nation famed for its gems, her childhood visits to the souks of Istanbul, the gold markets of Beirut and Karachi, and the gem emporiums of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, cemented her passion. In a 2008 article she wrote for Town & Country Philippines titled The Language of Stones, she said “Gems were once so plentiful in Burma that my great grandmother’s fishpond was littered with rough, semi-precious pebbles . . . . deep beds of tourmaline, garnet, citrine, peridot, amethyst, spinel, sapphires, and rubies. Older Burmese remember the times when the mountains ofMogoke, where rubies continue to be mined, used to glow blood red at dusk. The slopes were scattered with corundum which would catch the dying suns’ rays.”

I have no interest in creating two pieces that are exactly alike. The gems I find drive the designs. Wearers must feel the piece. They must be transformed.

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The Process

Each piece is designed with specific gems in mind and crafted entirely by hand. Age old techniques such as sculpting, forging, hammering, stamping, chasing, reticulating, and repoussé, as well as the ancient lost wax method of casting are used on precious metals. Gems vary from the known to the rare and obscure. Their common bonds are their personalities and the stories they tell.

I have been drawn to the ‘different’, to the unique, and the quirky, my entire life. I believe that jewelry should reflect a person’s individuality and that pieces should be crafted by hand. Stones, and their settings, should form stories that tease the mind and taunt the senses.