Jewelry Designer Uyen-Uyen Tong Makes the Cut at Henri Bendel’s “Open See” for New Design Talent

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Jewelry Designer Uyen-Uyen Tong was selected during New YorkÂ?s fiercely competitive Henri Bendel Â?Open SeeÂ? event for emerging newcomers in the fashion industry. The Open See event has launched some major talent this way, like Todd Oldham and Anna Sui.

Los Angeles, CA August 4, 2005 -- Los Angeles-based designer, Uyen-Uyen Tong selected at the Open See event introduces her collection to Henri Bendel at a New York trunk show on August 18th, 19th and 20th. The handcrafted collection has crochet chains and braided tassel designs in 14karat gold and silver, as well as body jewelry pieces with colored diamonds and precious gemstones.

This year, Uyen-Uyen’s signature tassel-tie necklaces adorned with pink tourmalines, sapphires and emeralds can be worn as necklaces wrapped once, twice or three times and they effortlessly transform into a jeweled lasso belt. “I wanted my jewelry to be versatile where a single design can be worn multiple ways and can go from day to evening. It’s wonderful to see a piece reinterpreted by a client simply by how she decides to wear it.”

Colored diamonds and precious stones playfully strewn on rope belly chains mark the collection of body pieces. “Sometimes all you need is one piece of fabulous jewelry. Uyen-Uyen’s [body jewelry] are the most sensual I've seen ever," states Anna M. Park, Editor at Audrey Magazine.

Uyen-Uyen’s jewelry appeals to the contemporary woman looking for a unique interpretation of beauty. The designs have a great mix of elegant bohemian chic and luxury. “What makes designing interesting is the powerful emotive quality. I am attracted to jewelry that helps the wearer step into a rich fantasy life where all things are either delicately or dramatically interconnected, where the character of the wearer individualizes and enhances the design.”

Uyen-Uyen studied literature and music and comes from a line of artisans. Her professional interest in graphics and design soon lead to the development of her jewelry line. On her first time approaching retailers, she landed accounts with two retailers in Beverly Hills, Jennifer Kaufman and Anthropologie. Uyen-Uyen’s work has been featured in Lucky Magazine, Audrey Magazine, and Adore Shop Magazine. Her jewelry is worn by numerous Hollywood celebrities such as Famke Janssen, Hillary Swank, Halle Berry and Angela Basset.

About Uyen-Uyen Designs

Uyen-Uyen Tong, owner and designer of Uyen-Uyen Designs, operate out of her Los Angeles studio. Each piece is handcrafted and made with exquisite care. The exclusive designs incorporate 14karat gold, 18karat gold and sterling silver. Each creation uses the highest quality precious and semi-precious gemstones (AAA).

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