The Taiwan-based jewellery designer blends her discerning aesthetic with her polished metalsmith craftsmanship, creating ranges of refined statement jewellery.
Q: How did you become a jewellery designer?
A: I was always drawn to fashion from when I was young. My passion for art and design led me to pursue a degree in fashion design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, while my accessories-related experience cultivated a desire to develop a deeper insight into the world of jewellery and ultimately to start my journey as a jewellery designer.
Q: In what ways are your designs and style unconventional?
A: Pearl has been perceived as defining sophistication and modesty. I want to convey this while redefining traditional styles of pearl accessories. By giving the design a little twist by adding some geometric shapes and lines, I hope wearers will find the pieces not only elegant, but also fun and versatile. That is also my own way of retranslating the definition of “New Romance”.
Q: From where do you draw your inspiration?
A: I take a lot of aesthetic cues from art. My favourite muse is Gustav Klimt. His choice of colour and use of symbolism help define what I perceive to be modern and romantic. I will also include elements from modern furniture and architecture in terms of their crisp and sharp outlines and the mixtures of materials. These are just fascinating!
Q: How do you incorporate your aesthetic to keep your pieces modern and chic?
A: I want to keep my designs simple and timeless, avoiding all ornamentation. Therefore, my design approach focuses mainly on the graceful pearl itself and its interaction with the geometric lines and forms. Our goal is to encourage individual expression by allowing the wearer to mix and match the jewellery in her own unique way so as to reflect and amplify the brand’s glamour and true beauty.
Q: What kinds of materials do you apply in your fashion jewellery?
A: 18-karat gold-plated brass, Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearl.
Q: What are the difficulties in the process of creation and how do you tackle them?
A: Most of our designs are simple lines with squares. Therefore, our design relies heavily on artistic skills from exquisite craftsmanship. In order to make the finished product clean and shiny, delicate polishing is extremely crucial. Unless everything is thoroughly cleaned we cannot apply any chemical finishes such as plating. Therefore, our production time is slightly longer than that of others since each piece is hand-finished just for our customers.
Q: Which is your favourite or most elaborate piece?
A: I would say the Josette earring set from the Cosmos collection. This piece is a combination of six geometric shapes. Each can be worn separately. Most importantly, five of them are non-pierced earrings. You can wear two on one ear and another three on the other, or anyway you like, depending on your look. Just the way you wear them is a really fun process.
Q: Can you tell us your production procedure?
A: We start from wax carving to sculpturing the model. Once the model is made, we place the wax on the casting tree for the casting. During the casting process, the wax burns out, making an inverse mould. We then pour molten metal into the cavity. After that, we take the final casting form for filing and polishing before applying plating.
Q: What is your latest collection like?
A: The last collection is called The New Fluidity. Literally like the name, the design process explores the nature of sleek organic lines.
Q: What is the price range of your products in US dollars?
A: The price range is US$58 to US$200.
Q: Any plans for the future?
A: We are currently planning to expand our retail store locations over the next two years.