Helen Ho of Hong Kong-based jeweller Mio Senso has always been an advocate of jewellery designs that bring to the fore a woman’s inherent beauty. With more than a decade of designing expertise, Ho uses her art and influence to create fine jewellery pieces adorned with coloured gemstones that are delicate yet empowering – characteristics that make a woman stand out.
JNA: How would you describe your jewellery designs?
Helen Ho: My designs are characterised by soft lines with ultra-feminine undertones. I always incorporate delicate details into my designs. Most of my creations are intended for career women and young professionals. This is the foundation of my brand, Mio Senso. My materials of choice are coloured gemstones because they best represent women’s vivid personalities. These gemstones speak for themselves so as much as possible, I veer away from designs that are overpowering. The focus of every jewellery piece should be the stones themselves. I’m likewise a fan of mixing and matching gemstones but I make sure there is harmony among the materials that I use in terms of colour and appearance. You will find plenty of rubies, sapphires and emeralds in my designs as well as other coloured gemstones such as tourmalines, peridots, citrines and amethyst, onyx, agate and topaz stones. I love using diamonds to further accentuate the pieces. I’m also into pearls because they are the epitome of sophistication and design flexibility.
JNA: What inspires you to design a jewellery piece?
Ho: There is no particular inspiration but I would say I’m partial to anything feminine so flowers figure a lot in my designs. I sometimes find inspiration in nature and other seemingly mundane events or objects. I made this “Harmony” brooch, which is influenced by a five-line staff that represents different musical pitches. I’m not really into music but inspiration struck me when I saw that particular staff. In conclusion, I draw inspiration from a multitude of things like my surroundings or items that we normally take for granted.
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