A trained gemmologist, Mara Hotung gained extensive experience at leading houses such as Sotheby’s and Van Cleef & Arpels.
After a very successful early career at Sotheby’s as a Deputy Director and jewellery specialist, she joined Van Cleef & Arpels to help expand brand awareness and market share in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. In early 2007, Mara launched her own jewellery company.
Her inspiration comes from observing nature and her surroundings. She also looks to the past.
Mara’s fascination with gems and jewellery began more than 20 years ago, when her mother presented her with 16 marquise-shaped diamonds. Rather than keep the diamonds for herself, she designed a pair of cluster earrings for her mother to wear, on the condition that it be known that her daughter designed them.
Mara continued to sketch and design over the years, often taking her mother’s out-of-date jewels and remaking them into classic, yet contemporary, pieces. Soon her friends took note and what was an obsession became a professional passion.