”I am a designer who is interested in challenging and reinvestigating traditional forms and applications of materials in jewellery. My work explores new possibilities of pearl in terms of the classic aesthetics and making process. I am inspired by simple geometry, structure, texture, as well as modularity and interaction. My work pushes the boundaries of pearl by introducing an innovative function to this decorative material.”
Pearls are arguably the most attainable and coveted of gemstones from the luxury saltwater and freshwater variety to faux pearls in our everyday. Tina Tianhong Zhang decided to go beyond the familiar of the close string of pearls exploring new ways of securing each individual bead to make each piece malleable think about the super long rigid pearls of classic Chanel; this is nothing like that. Instead imagine fine strands of chains repeatedly strung with pearls to create a more modern approach.