Jewellery Artist Anna Hu Announces A Collaboration With The Queen of Diamonds

Jewellery Artist Anna Hu Announces A Collaboration With The Queen of Diamonds

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Anna Hu’s jewellery journey might, at first glance, seem like a straightforward one. “Born and raised in a gemstone family,” as she puts it, the Asian-American jewellery artist has jewellery in her blood. But on close inspection, a story unfolds that takes many unexpected turns—from aspirations as a solo cellist to life-altering advice from her mentors to record-breaking achievements.

“I used to help my father sort all different types of gemstones by colour, shape, size and cut; it was like playing with Lego bricks,” recalls Hu. “That was my very first foray into this world.

This introduction into the world sparked Hu’s interest; she later went on to study at New York’s Gemological Institute of America, Parsons School of Design and Columbia University, and gained experience with Christie’s, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston. It was at the latter institution that she met her mentor, Maurice Galli, whom she credits for encouraging her to take the next step and establish her eponymous brand.

“He once said to me, ‘Don’t be a caged bird,’ and suggested I create a new concept.” This concept, she explains, blends European craftsmanship with an Asian aesthetic. In 2007, Anna Hu Haute Joallerie was born, and opened its first retail space a year later at The Plaza hotel in New York.

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The brand produces just 30 pieces a year, each one a labour of love that can take up to a year to complete. Extravagant, vividly coloured creations, they are imbued with a sense of movement. Integrating French and Chinese cultures and artistic inspirations, Hu explains, helps to foster “romantic, fluid, organic and authentic designs”.

She sees the symbolism of much of the jewellery being produced today as superficial, something she makes a point of challenging in her designs. The Monet Water Lily Necklace is one such piece, inspired by a summer spent in Paris as a teenager. “I wanted to mimic the waves in the lake and create something very feminine and unique,” she says. The resulting piece features more than 2,000 coloured gemstones, from blue sapphires and violet tanzanites to coloured diamonds and Paraiba tourmalines. These, Hu says, “are the paint I use to recreate Monet’s art”.

She credits an art history of China class she took at Columbia University with inspiring Celestial Lotus, an art nouveau-inspired titanium necklace embellished with Colombian emeralds, fancy yellow, grey and white diamonds, garnets, tsavorites and multicoloured pink sapphires. Elsewhere in her designs, she says, “you will find eastern motifs such as Taoist symbols, yin-yang and imagery of tigers, koi and dragons”.

After she’d carved out her niche, the world began to take notice. Just two years after she launched her brand, celebrities such as Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow began wearing her jewellery on the red carpet. And in 2013, at a Christie’s auction in Geneva, the Cote d’Azur Sapphire Brooch surpassed expectations, hammering for US$4.58 million, breaking the world record for price paid for a piece of contemporary jewellery. In 2019, Hu regained the title, this time for the Dunhuang Pipa necklace, auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong for $5.78 million.

 

 

Source Credit: This article originally appeared on Tatler Asia by Tatler Hong Kong. Read the original article - https://hk.asiatatler.com/style/jewellery-artist-anna-hu-alisa-moussaieff-collaboration