Mimi's World | Blog
Fashion week whizzed by as it tends to do, but I managed to have a blast (as usual)! After some time to mull it over, I have to say some of my favorite collections were Brandon Maxwell with his modern, sexy retro silhouette that truly celebrates the shape of a woman; Marchesa which was ethereal,... View Post
The Bow ring was a labor of love for me and my team — a true representation of our highest level of hand craftsmanship. Due to its complex design, eight experts including myself, the CAD technician, model maker, stone selection manager, jeweler, stone setter polisher and quality control expert, w... View Post
The Bow ring is a true representation of Mimi's highest level of hand craftsmanship. Due to its complex design, nine experts, including the designer, model maker, setter, jeweler, cad designer, sketch artist, stone selector, polisher and quality controller, worked tirelessly for twelve months to perfect its concept and development. The result is a beautiful collection of earrings, rings and necklaces.
Diamond Bow rings: Each gemstone is meticulously hand selected and measured with a leverage gauge to fit the diameter of the seat in the azure setting. The Bow design requires a highly experienced polisher of fine metal and platinum. Someone who is fluid in the art of delicate articulation on the buffing wheel. It's essential that the polisher has the skill of a surgeon to know the precise amount of pressure to apply to the wheel. An inexperienced hand might cause damage, remove too much metal or even require the ring to be remade. After all the work is complete, our quality assurance expert examines every ring. At this stage, each aspect of the design and assembly process is under rigid scrutiny: the assembly of the metal work, the settings, stone selection and polishing. If the piece passes the Mimi So standard of excellence, it is ready for our clients. Depending on the size of the Bow ring and the amount of diamonds or gemstones required, one ring can take between 4-6 weeks to produce.
How did you come up with the diamond bow ring design?
Traditionally, my designs are inspired by personal experiences. The idea for the Bow collection emerged during a milestone occasion in my career. I wanted to create a jewel inspired by this idea of noting an important moment. A lightbulb went off when I recalled the act of knotting a string around your finger to remember something meaningful. Growing up as a tomboy with an older brother, I was that girl who wore a pink tutu with Keds. On the surface, I projected the face of a superhero while inside I was truly a girlie girl. I have always challenged myself to be the best at everything I do, so I held onto this philosophy with the mission to create the most badass, modern bow! Happy and voluminous with an edge. It had to be iconic, or else why wear one? I also designed the bow rings to be stackable so you can style them as an expression of who you are by mixing and matching the sizes and colors.
Why is the Mimi So Diamond Bow Ring so unique?
The Mimi So Bow ring is unique because it brings a smile to every woman who sees or wears it. My greatest reward and validation is when I convert a non-bow wearer into an official Bow ring owner. The Bow ring really has an attitude of its own. Its an unexpected take on a feminine classic. It’s artistic and fashionable and incredibly complicated to make. The bow is assembled from multiple parts in order to achieve its curvature and requires highly skilled artisan jewelers and setters to complete each piece. Read my blog about the assembly of the bow jewelry.
You have designed diamond bow rings, diamond bow necklaces and diamond bow earrings. What’s next?
I’m designing a Bow engagement ring. This would be the ultimate romantic and feminine over the top dream engagement ring! It's like the frosting on a cake. A bride’s dreamiest engagement ring. I can’t wait to unveil it.
Your diamond bows are often seen on the red carpet. Who is your favorite "Diamond Bow carrier" and how does it make you feel to see your products on the red carpet?
I really don't have a favorite celebrity for my Bow rings. I think the Bow ring suits ladies from Kristen Stewart to Jennifer Lopez and everyone in between. Everyone wears it differently and reinvents it with their personal style - I love watching what each celebrity brings to the design. Each time we see our Bow collection on the red carpet I get excited because it’s so fun to watch them out in the world being worn from one award show to the next!
President Obama invited me to join Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry to welcome President Xi Jinping and Madame Liyuan to the USA at the official State Luncheon...There were many highlights such as meeting Madame Albright, Dr. Kissinger, telling Secretary John Kerry I just want to shake the hand of the man who shook the Pope’s hand a few hours earlier! Connecting the dots of history right before me. The days of Dr Kissinger serving President Kennedy was a very important era for my parents, the stories I listened to as a child felt surreal. The stories of how we were all immigrants at some point coming to this great land to work, build, provide for our families and do great things!