About the Designer

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.”

She started designing jewelry in 2001, without training or a formal background in gemology, because she found none that she wanted to wear. Now her work is celebrated locally and internationally for her craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. Her refusal to make more than one piece of a kind, and no more than a limited number of piece each year, have made them highly-sought after by collectors as well as society’s elite. They have been extensively featured in high-end Philippine and international magazines such as the Robb Report, Surface Asia, Travel & Leisure, Platinum, Asian Fortune, Spa Finder, Food and Wine magazine, the Dolce Vita luxury lifestyle magazine, as well as the Hong Kong Tatler, Thailand Tatler, and the Philippine Tatler.

In March 2011, Haven Books launched an international coffee table book named “Hidden Gems” featuring ten jewelry designers based in Asia who are renowned for their high level of craftsmanship and for the fact that every piece they made told a story. Wynn Wynn was chosen, the only representative from the Philippines, to join a small select group of French, British, Chinese, and American jewelers.

Wynn Wynn has graduate degrees in business management as well as education, and considers herself a lifelong learner. She loves to cook, travel, write, design interiors, and collect art, but it is her family and her jewelry designing that make her happiest. She works daily with the small team of artisans that she personally selected and trained from various non-jewelry-related backgrounds, in her serene jewelry studio not far from her house. Access to it continues to be strictly by-invitation-only.

She is also involved with philanthropic organizations such as Hands On Manila, which she co-founded and chaired, and continues to be deeply committed to working with non-profit organizations and actively supporting community-based development.

Married to an investment banker, she and her husband are now grandparents to a grandson each from their son and daughter. This has spurred an enduring interest in studying sustainability of resources and using recycled or recyclable materials in her designs.

Press Coverage

Events and articles that pertain to Wynn Wynn Ong's work and other stories.

FROM the moment she started 16 years ago, jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong always believed that “nothing can be born without being fed” -- the reason why, as an artist, she keeps redefining her boundaries with her craft.
Can you keep a little secret? I’m interested in art museums and/or exhibits. It all started when I visited National Museum of Korea, War Memorial of Korea, National Palace Museum of Korea, and National Hangeul Museum last July (has it been that long since #Seoulscapade?).
Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234, or visit yuchengcomuseum.org.
Yuchengco Museum hosts the celebration of Wynn Wynn Ong’s 15 years in fashion and design through a retrospective exhibition entitled Wynn Wynn Ong: Redefining Boundaries. The exhibit opens on March 8, Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrating 15 years in the industry, jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong continues to redefine what it means to truly be a woman of style.
Manila, Philippines: Yuchengco Museum is proud to host the celebration of Wynn Wynn Ong’s 15 years in fashion and design in a retrospective exhibition entitled Wynn Wynn Ong: Redefining Boundaries.
A retrospective of the work of one of the most-copied designers around will be ‘no dry exhibit of beauty’
Philippine Tatler and Proscenium at Rockwell presented a charity trunk show featuring the stunning artisanal jewellery of Wynn Wynn Ong and the top quality exotic skin bags and accessories of Joanna Presyler and Eterno.
A trunkshow highlighting tradition through contemporary and casual pieces
Wynn Wynn Ong's "organic" house in Anilao has wonderful views of the ocean from practically anywhere in the property.
The jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong shares her knack for creating extraordinary gatherings through her latest home collection.
Meet the woman who knows one-of-a-kind—designer Wynn Wynn Ong, who expresses herself best with her earthy, organic jewelry and a trademark quirky style.
Stephanie Ong sifts through the old dossiers and faded photographs that reveal the design journey of her mother, the celebrated jewellery designer, Wynn Wynn Ong.
Vitis. One of a kind hollow "bark" cuff with a wild gourd vine formed in gold and metal alloys, and set with a polished naturally-coloured Brazilian citrine. It is crafted and sculpted by hand and its natural bark-like colour is based on in-house techniques without the use of Chemicals
Tesoro's: Filipino Treasures Since 1945
A feature by the New Yorker



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