“Inspired by nature and its beautiful forms, I use extremely fine gauge wire of high karat gold and platinum to bring my designs to life. Whether it be a tiny raindrop gliding down a leaf or a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, vine-like wire work becomes a three-dimensional line drawing that captures transitory moments to preserve them in timeless jewelry pieces. The subjective relationship between my work and the body is part of this dichotomy, and jewelry is the medium to present my perspective to the wearer.”
Growing up in a small traditional jewelry shop owned by her family in China, Baiyang’s interest in jewelry making started at an early age. As a child, she traveled to many remote areas like Xinjiang, where all manner of colorful, precious stones were found and unearthed. The desire to capture this beauty extended to the workshop as well. Collecting the broken stones of damaged jewelry from the floor of her family’s workshop into a little treasure box, she dreamed of creating her own.
To pursue her dream, she moved to the United States to study and here she developed a dedicated bench practice that explored contemporary concepts supported by traditional jewelry techniques. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 and became an active member of professional jewelry organizations including the American Gem Trade Association, Society of North American Goldsmiths and American Craft Council.
Baiyang’s delicate aesthetics have captured the imagination of the jewelry world. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including the book: The Art of Jewelry: Plastic & Resin as well as articles in Forbes and National Jeweler. Each handmade work is distinctive and her jewelry has been critically recognized through several national awards including a 2015 NICHE Award, two consecutive first place honors in the MJSA Vision Awards (2015, 2016), and in 2019 she placed Top Three in the COUTURE Design Awards in platinum.
Through the years, Baiyang has refined her signature use of fine gauge wire to capture her inspiration in high karat gold and platinum. Her intricate works at first seem fragile, but her skill and patience creates jewelry that is wearable and strong. Capturing a transitory moment in a graceful jewel, her approach to making allows the wearer to experience the beauty of nature forever.
Baiyang began her full-time jewelry business in a home garage in San Jose, California in 2013. In just a few short years her business expanded and she relocated the studio into a dedicated workshop that supports a production studio, staff and design space for commission works. The Northern California studio is a muse but also a way to connect to clients that prefer to buy local. All work is handmade and the exceptional craft reflects a commitment to jewelry that is worn for a lifetime.
Mixing traditional goldsmithing techniques with advanced 3D design technology, the Baiyang jewelry team develops distinctive modern heirloom jewelry hand fabricated with recycled precious metal. Whether a custom work or a new design direction for the fine jewelry line, Baiyang and her team approach each work with a meticulous eye that translates her designs into extraordinary pieces of jewelry. The handcrafted fine jewelry is sold through selected retailers, and fine craft shows including the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show.
Custom design with Baiyang Jewelry is a singular journey that is tailor made for each client. From picking fine quality gemstones and hand sketching to computer aided design and 3D printing, Baiyang guides the client’s vision to create an heirloom for their collection. Each step is supported by professional customer service to ensure a smooth transition from idea to stunning bespoke piece of jewelry.
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“Working with commission orders to create something very specific for each client plays a significant part in my jewelry practice. I love to read each inquiry and take time to walk through with clients for each design. We are individual, unique people, so is our jewelry, as it is such a personal object. A piece of jewelry could carry our personal stories, memory, and identity. It could be a special gift for a wedding anniversary, a birthday, a push gift, or just a gift for ourselves. Each commission piece has its own behind-the-scenes story, which made me love what I do.” ---Baiyang Qiu
Address: PO Box 612048, San Jose, California, 95161