This lyrical ring, from Feng J’s “Garden of Impressionism”, demonstrates the designer’s blend of reverence for High Jewellery traditions and her drive to renovate and rejuvenate them. Aged just 33, Feng J is bringing a new youthful lightness to High Jewellery.
She does so through her signature double-rose-cut gemstones and ‘floating’ setting which floods the jewel with light. She has also pioneered a technique of electroplating gold, as here in a soft green, so that the metal seems to melt into the stones, to evaporate, as if in the warmth of sunlight. The ring also shows her favourite inspiration, Impressionism, and specifically Monet’s garden in Giverny, with its poetic and painterly shaded palette and the undulating, free-form, sensual silhouette of a stylised calla lily, that floats on the skin, like waterlilies on a pond.
Chinese • 1985
A rising star in the international High Jewellery firmament, Feng J is the youngest, and most dynamic designer-jeweller to emerge from mainland China. She studied product and furniture design at the China Academy of Art, where she was tutored by Pritzker prize-winning master architect Wang Shu. Next, she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Jewelry Design from the University of the Arts, London, followed by an intensive course in European craftsmanship at the Haute École de Joaillerie in Paris. She completed her training by studying gemology at GIA. She established Feng J Haute Joaillerie in Paris in 2016, and today her creations are designed in her studio in Shanghai and crafted in her Paris atelier. Feng has injected youthful vivacity, lightness, and fluidity into High Jewellery through her innovative ‘floating’ settings, double-rose cut gemstones, hand-painting on precious metal, and modern interpretations of romantic, classic themes.