Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Sterling Silver Balance Orbit Necklace
Known for its remarkable natural beauty Taitung, Taiwan is a wonderful location for exploring.

Rice fields, orchards, and picturesque mountain ranges captivate the eye while places like Taitung’s Museum of Prehistory stimulate the mind.

Taiwan is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Chi Cheng Lee.

While perusing some fab Instagram feeds for a number of high-profile jewelry brands, I came across a number of follower complaints stating that some brands offer overly simplistic design styles with big price tags!  

While Lee’s modern jewelry brand, Chi’s Creations, features basic forms her inclusion of unique surface details and sculpturesque presentation brings dynamism to her collections. 

To boot her visually compelling creations are largely affordable with designs starting at $70 for gold and silver stacking rings to $1,600 for her Silver Maple Flower Pod Necklace.

Working primarily with sterling silver Lee’s square stacking rings, silver pendants, cuff bracelets and brooch pins are a metalsmithing tour de force.
Sterling Silver Wave Cuff Bracelets
Educated at New York’s Parsons The New School for Design, and a former employee of jewelry house Harry Winston Lee’s collections is full of superb visuals.  Her designs showcase textured openwork, imperfect form, and the juxtaposition of sandblasted finishes alongside “scribble” surface details in one piece.

Based in Vancouver, Canada Lee credits her artsy lineage to her interest in jewelry making.  “Since I was a child I have had exposure to art, architecture and natural wonder.  My father used to make Chinese watercolor paintings on silk, and I have a sister who is a fine artist,” says Lee. 

“My studio is located in West Vancouver and the mountains and open waters surround it.  That kind of natural beauty deeply informs my design sensibilities and creativity.

My artistic intention is to create jewelry that possesses an enduring sense of simple elegance, while revealing subtle hints of spontaneity and drama.”
Sterling Silver Stacking Rings with Freshwater
Pearls and Diamonds

2015 Jewelry Trend AlertStacking rings, with our without gemstones, are all the rage this year.  

Lee brings her own unique take on this style trend with bold square bands instead of the standard circle.
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