Growing up, everyone pretty much assumed that Ken Lo would
follow in the footsteps of his father, who was a dealer in
loose diamonds in Hong Kong, his hometown.
But geopolitics, consumer demand and technology all converged to
create a new path for Ken. Hong Kong became part of China again and
the Chinese jewelry industry evolved to where finished jewelry
became a chief industry.
Meanwhile, Ken studied international commerce and finance at the
university while "learning by doing" in his family's business.
As export to the United States became more important, Ken
traveled to work with retailers and wholesalers whose businesses
were also changing.
"It became apparent that a solution was needed: how to create
jewelry that would sell in America in factories located on the
other side of the world," Ken says. "Nothing existed that would
help us create a design, make a mold, and create a high
quality finished jewelry item at a fast pace."
However, Ken clearly saw an opportunity and so he set about to
find the solution.
"My technical background was very limited. I learned everything
the hard way."
After several years of development, lots of starts and stops,
Ken and his colleagues pioneered the first version of a
computer-aided design (CAD) that could create jewelry and models.
Problem was, it was prohibitively expensive for most companies.
After further refinements and the development of Windows 95,
finally Ken's company had a feasible version.
"It proved to be worth all the trouble. About 95% of Asian
companies use our system now."
While Ken Lo keeps abreast of trends in fashion and design,
inspiration for his jewelry collections often comes from shapes he
encounters in his daily life.
His love of shapes has made him a devotee of architecture from
Frank Lloyd Wright's pioneering style in modernity to the lavish
skyscrapers that fill the skies of Hong Kong.
"We see geometrics around us all the time. There's the shape of
a building, but all the elements that comprise the whole as made up
of shapes." Such geometrics found in stone tiles or bricks inspired
his Geometrique collection, an asymmetrical assemble of 18K gold,
diamonds and stone shapes. Although these shapes are obviously
based upon triangles, rectangles and squares, there aren't perfect.
"They aren't exact-just like stones or shapes in nature. They are
"What's important is that we learn to appreciate the beauty
that's surrounds us every day."
Even the shape of a simple drop of water is scrutinized in Ken's
mind's eye. "There's that instant, when a water droplet elongates
toward the earth, a moment before it separates and falls to the
ground," Ken says.
Just such a moment in the life of a drop of water Ken has
preserved in 18k gold, diamonds and sapphires. The elongated
glistening shape of a droplet Ken has transformed into glittering
pendants and earrings.
The collection is beautiful, sensual and sexy even if you don't
know about Ken's reverence for a water drop.
"No matter what difficulties or challenges we face in our daily
lives, there's still beauty around us, ready to inspire us even in
the simplest things in our lives."
Ken Lo may have been instrumental in one of the biggest
technical advances in modern jewelry manufacturing, but he's no
When he's not traveling abroad to trade shows or working late at
his company's factory, you may likely find Ken, equipped with
heavy-duty boots, hiking through the nearby mountainous parks of
And not just a leisurely stroll, but a five-to six-mile hike
over rough terrain, sometimes even traveling a distance of a half
marathon. "Nothing clears my mind better. It's the best thing for
concentration." So for Ken, the hikes are not just therapeutic, but
inspirational as well.
"The clearer your mind is, the better is to see the details, the
shapes we encounter everyday," Ken says.
While Ken is a fan of architectural design, he equally is fond
of nature's offerings, often incorporating these shapes and forms
he encounters into jewelry designs.
His interest in shapes is continuous. Even when he's on a phone
call or working on a new CAD design, Ken is likely doodling.
"My drawings turned from unconscious squiggles into full blown
cartoons. I even created characters for a children's book based
some of my original drawings," Ken says.
While he still has plans to finish his children's book project,
Ken points out that he finds the best designs from objects,
buildings, and shapes encountered every day in life.
"Design is a very subjective thing. What one person finds
fascinating may be lost on someone else. But if you can find a
design that's based upon something we all encounter then it becomes
more universal. You have something everyone can associate
Architects would be No. 1. I.M. Pei, Frank Lloyd Wright.
I think she's wearing something special. She's not heading out
to watch a football game. She is dressing for an occasion and has a
polished look from head to toe.
1. A top handle handbag.
2. A little black dress, one that leaves her face and neck
3. A V-neck blouse in white or a neutral color.
4. A great hairstyle. It's important to invest in getting a
style that best suits your face.
5. Sexy high heel shoes that also must be comfortable.
Earrings are always most important, but which ones really depend
upon her hairstyle. You'd wear different earrings if her hair is
short or her neck is long. The face is so important, too, in making
A sweater with a deep cowl neck where you can still see the
There are many but I'd have to say an 18K gold cylindrical
pendant with a single diamond I made especially for my wife. It's
proportion and size is based upon her birthday and our
Only my wife and I know the significance.
One of our pendants; they work with many styles of clothing and
can be worn everyday to dress up an outfit.
Earrings too, provided they're appropriate for her hairstyle and
Gong Li. She's not only beautiful but she has lead an impressive
and elegant life, too.
Definitely electronics. I love new gadgets. My latest favorite
is a GPS-enable sportswatch from Garmin.
A woman who is fashion conscious but isn't self-involved. She's
interested in culture and is open minded about design. Jewelry is
the perfect way for her to express herself.
Designer Ken Lo likes nothing better than taking an everyday
shape or object and elevating it into a piece of jewelry art.
That's just what he's done in Geometrique, where his asymmetrical
squares, triangles and circles shapes are rendered in gold with
pave diamonds and black gemstones. His is a whimsical take on
traditional shapes that are mixed-almost as if they are tumbled
together-and teetering on the brink of collapse. No worries,
though, this playful collection is a perfect example of high
quality craftsmanship that endures as a classic style.
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During one of his all-day hikes in the mountainous parks near
his native Hong Kong, designer Ken Lo says he finds his mind clears
and his senses heighten as he walks. It's at these times that the
designer recalls the beauty found in the small things we encounter
in life everyday, such as a drop of water. In this scintillating
tribute to a water droplet, Ken captures the moment that a drop
elongates, just before if plummets toward the ground. A water drop
may evaporate, but Ken's gold versions glimmering with diamonds or
sapphires capture the moment for posterity-a glamorous design you
could shed a tear for.
This extraordinary collection of gold and diamond pendants not
only exhibit a top level of jewelry-making expertise, but also
reflect designer Ken Lo's almost Zen -- like appreciation of design
-- from architecture and the applied arts to nature. Whatever the
inspiration, each has a delicacy and attention to detail that truly
makes each of these pendants a modern heirloom. No matter which one
strikes your fancy, these pendants will undoubtedly become
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