When dressing up calls for a little more sparkle, jewelry is the way to go. This season, noted jewelry designer Tim Tam Ong introduces her latest collection of necklaces and earrings, called “Flights of Fancy” to spruce up holiday looks in dazzling ways.
Intricate, sculptural and simply beautiful, each piece in the collection is inspired by the beauty and movement of winged creatures such as birds, bees, butterflies and dragonflies. Ever inspired by nature, the designer creates wearable statement jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones from around the world.
Often a phrase attributed to wild ideas and imagination, “Flights of Fancy,” in this case takes on a more literal form, capturing how the designer’s winged inspirations came to be one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.
As such, Ong’s latest collection is a shimmering ode written in rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and amethysts.
Imagine a golden peacock with a brilliant blue sapphire body, growing a train embellished with semi-precious stones. How about an octagon-cut emerald that becomes an object of desire of bejeweled bees, as a dragonfly attaches itself to a dazzling amethyst.
Certainly, each sculptural piece is designed to evoke movement and mimic the textures of nature, as the designer witnessed during a recent trip to Bali.
“I am always inspired by the stone first,” the designer said in an interview. “When I find a stone that’s really special, the design often follows. And for this collection, I was inspired by a recent trip to Bali that brought me closer to nature, even just for a little while.
“The details, the colors, even the way the pieces themselves seem to dance, were all inspired by that trip that I made it a point that movement is implied in every piece. Add to that the way the stones sparkle when the light hits, and you have a wonderful interaction of elements that bring the pieces to life.”
The Flights of Fancy holiday collection is now available at Ong’s boutiques in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center and LRI Design Plaza in Makati City.