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Artist Showcase: Yen Jewellery Design


This month in our 'Artist Showcase' we are featuring Bloomsbury-based, jewellery designer and artist Yen Duong. Her jewellery brand 'Yen jewellery' was established in 1996 and still retains an uncompromising passion for thought-provoking design.  In developing her brand Yen found that she could push her practice to create pieces which were more structurally complex but also equally as fluid and tactile.

Yen's work is sold directly to her loyal customers from her central London studio in Bloomsbury. She has also had her work displayed in prestigious exhibitions and galleries which include Sotheby’s, The Goldsmiths’ Company and The Crafts Council, having also worked with Liberty of London, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.

With some questions for Yen and some insight from our Jewellery Curator Maike Browning we wanted to share with you some more information about Yen Jewellery

Yen Duong of Yen Jewellery

Yen Duong expresses her passion for art and design through jewellery. Yen's designs are engaging and the tactile nature of the jewellery invites touch and interaction.

Maike Browning, our Jewellery Curator, described Yen's jewellery; made up of hundreds of tiny 'molecules', painstakingly connected to create striking pieces with a flowing movement. <<Yen's jewellery is beautifully tactile, her eye-catching pieces are designed to look and feel wonderful when worn.>> says Maike.

«Yen’s work is feminine yet striking and the new collection is a wonderful example of how Yen’s molecule theme continues to be the inspiration behind her new designs. Yen has successfully managed to maintain her signature while taking it to another level»

Joanna Hardy, Jewellery Specialist for the BBC Antique Road Show & Sotheby's


Tell me about your process, how does your jewellery go from idea to finished piece

I start with a sketch to give form to a concept. New pieces are then modelled in silver or base metal to ensure that the composition and details are balanced before translating ideas into the final pieces. The process of developing designs in three dimensions allows me to get a better sense and understanding of the overall impact of the work.

Buy 'Pearl Cluster Earrings', handmade jewellery by Yen Jewellery at The Biscuit Factory

Drop Pearl Earrings by Yen Jewellery

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Art, science, nature and the everyday are details that inspire me. I express my passion for art, design and nature through jewellery   I am fascinated by the structural construction of jewellery and how this influences the feel of a piece. By focusing on elegant and considered designs my work addresses complexities that go beyond the purely aesthetic.




How does your jewellery take on its fluid nature?

When I design, I place movement at the forefront of my decision making because it brings so much more interest and beauty to the piece. For me, the continuity of connection is enriched by a sense of flow and everlasting change.

What is the ethos behind Yen Jewellery?

The core of my design philosophy is to create jewellery that embodies comfort and radiates confidence when the distinctive pieces are worn. Physical movement and visual fluidity in my designs encapsulate a rare intriguing quality. Wearing a piece of my work becomes a journey of interpretation and enjoyment, which feels different each and every time.

Molecule Simple Necklace by Yen Jewellery

Yen Duong is one of our gallery favourites. Her timeless work is always popular with our customers. From small studs, to large statement necklaces, there is something in the collection for every occasion. Each piece is meticulously made and every piece is unique.

If you'd like a closer look at our collection of Yen jewellery our gallery team will be happy to open up the cabinets for you to try on Yen's beautiful pieces and feel their spectacular movement.


Buy 'Molecule Studs', silver stud earrings by Yen. Image shows two silver earrings with a lard silver sphere in the centre surrounded by silver posts with silver balls on either end. The background is white.

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