Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Running along the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China is the gorgeous skyline of the Bund Riverfront. The area consists of tall bank and commerce buildings, and at night the skyline becomes a stunning display of electric lights. China is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Fei Liu.

A microcosm of form, texture, and color jewelry becomes an expression of different kinds of beauty.

It can embody ornate and excessive outlines like Justin Giunta’s (USA) brand Subversive Jewelry or adhere to sleek and minimalist forms like those of Scottish designer Shona Fidgett. Liu’s visual expression though streamlined is an exercise of complex and lavish details.

Though platinum metal is Liu’s signature he also implements 18-karat yellow, white and black gold, as well as rhodium plated sterling silver to build his collection of luxury designer jewelry.

“Platinum is the best metal for creating intricate versatile jewelry that is both outstanding and easy to wear,” says Liu. “It’s very pure with a luster that never fades and it holds gemstones and diamonds securely.”

With nature serving as his muse he cultivates pieces into ethereal motifs of roses, orchids, and milkweeds; the metal curves and contours of which take a backseat to the spectacular colored gemstones that fill in the designs.

The fluid, classic outlines of diamond pendants, gemstone earrings, and pearl necklaces exude femininity and panache, and are a stunning visual of undulating citrines, South Sea pearls, garnets, blue sapphires, and rose quartz.

“The natural world is a great source of inspiration,” says Liu, “I love implementing the romantic rose motif in the Rose Collection, or the coral designs of the Dawn Collection and build texture and shape.”

Liu’s Drops Collection takes a cleaner, sleeker approach that is punctuated by perforated 18-karat gold and/or sterling silver discs with tiny, dangling diamonds within the perforated areas.

“Movement is the fundamental inspiration for this collection. The little gemstones suspended in mid-air are like delicate drops of rain.”

Here again, his lovely collections are a perfect marriage of intricacy and simplicity and the more affordable jewelry pieces are available to buy online at Wave Jewellery’s website.
Photo 1 (top right): 18-Karat Gold Ring Set with Pearl and Diamonds
Photo 2 (center): 18-Karat White Gold Whispering Diamond Cage Pendant
Photo 3 (bottom left): 18-Karat Rose Gold Whispering Earring Set with Rose Quartz, Pink Sapphire, and Diamonds
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