From Hong Kong, London, and Paris, to New York, and Menlo Park, Ceci Wong has traveled near and far. After receiving her gemologist certification from the Gemological Institute of America, Ceci has experienced working for companies such as Tiffany & Co, and Neiman-Marcus, as well as expanding towards managing her own stores such as Lustre in Valley Fair Mall in 2009, and now Ceci Wong in Menlo Park since 2014.
Nonetheless, Ceci was not always a gemologist. As a child Ceci received the opportunity to ride horses in movies that were developed by Shaw Brothers Studio due to her family’s career as horse trainers. Growing up in an environment where actors wore luxurious items influenced Ceci to not only buy her first pair of diamond earrings as a child, but also become a gemologist.
After coming to the Menlo Park area on several occasions to meet her clients privately, Ceci decided to open Ceci Wong. Ceci takes the opportunity to host special events in her store as well as reserves time for her customers to come in and privately peruse her shop.
Nevertheless, work is not all that devours Ceci’s life. In her spare time, Ceci enjoys shopping, knitting, and of course looking for jewelry.
About the photo-journalist: Jose Sainz-Medina
This collection of photographs and articles serves as a form of storytelling; it highlights business owners who have established their roots in Menlo Park and have faced challenges, as well as notable achievements throughout their lives. Jose Sainz-Medina hopes to serve as a visual storyteller. A storyteller who can interpret the stories that people, like business owners, want to tell about themselves and their business, explaining who they are and what their business provides to the community. After four years of studying photography and two years of journalism at Eastside College Prep high school, Jose developed a love for both visually and verbally communicating to those who are willing to listen. In his spare time, Jose spends hours at his local Starbucks making coffee, as well as focusing his photography towards architecture and natural landscapes. In the fall, Jose will face his own challenges as he begins his college career at the University of California, Riverside.