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.