Her body of work is a wonderlandWhen we visited Mimi So during jewelry market week in Las Vegas, she presented, among other delicacies, a tray full of crazy-colorful bead necklaces from her Mimi’s Wonderland collection: strand upon strand of red spinel, African tsavorite, blue chalcedony, tanzanite, Colombian emerald, and faceted citrine—dotted with freshwater pearls and whimsical pavé diamond butterflies and bees. “It’s like a candy store, isn’t it?” she smiled. Our sweet tooth sufficiently sated, we resolved to learn more about the New York City–based designer. —Melissa Rose Bernardo Age: Next. Number of years in the biz: 17 Number of employees you oversee: 12 Family and pets: Chester, our puppy toy poodle; one girl and boy—both have an attitude. Mimi and family Chester Describe your personal style: Effortless and comfortable.