American Anna Hu is considered the most promising jewelry designer today. She was born in Taiwan. At the age of 14, she emigrated to the United States with her family.
Anna Hu dreamed of being a cellist all her childhood and showed great promise.
“All I ever wanted was to be a professional cellist,” Hu says. “I did a lot for this. I studied for many hours a day. But then I got hurt, and my therapist said that my chances of becoming a soloist were close to zero. It was like a bolt from the blue. ”
“From early childhood, I thought of each stone as a musical note,” she said. “Making jewelry is like making melodies. But instead of using notes, I use precious stones. ”
Inspired by her father, a gem dealer, and mother, an expert in jade and pearls, Hu turned her attention to jewelry. She received training in gemology and design and also gained experience with Christie in New York, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston. Here she was under the tutelage of chief designer Maurice Galli.
Having suffered the first setbacks, the girl did not stop
She continued to move forward and was able to open her own jewelry house. She told the Wall Street Journal: “I tried to look at everything like a cellist. When we are in the middle of playing at a concert and have made a mistake, there is no time to be shy. We can only go forward. ”
“For my 30th birthday, Maurice invited me to create a new concept of jewelry that would combine European craftsmanship and oriental aesthetics,” Hu told the South China Morning Post in a recent interview. “He told me:“ Don’t be a bird in a cage! ” It was a transitional moment in my career. I was pregnant, but I had nothing to lose. I was crazy to agree to this, ”she says.
Hu founded Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie at the age of 30 and opened her first boutique in 2008. Her first delightful pieces were inspired by Chinese motifs: peony, lotus, cherry tree, dragon, carp. In addition, they were influenced by Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Classics.
At the age of 36, she has already been awarded a personal exhibition in the Louvre!
International Director of London-based Christie David Warren described her as one of the top ten contemporary jewelry designers in the world, and Chinese ELLE named her Designer of the Year in 2012. Her first book, Symphony of Jewels, op.1, was published in September 2012. Her goal, according to Anna herself, is to publish ten opuses over the course of her career, each of which will be complemented by 100 unique works of art. They are made of high-quality gold and shiny stones and are among the most beautiful pieces of jewelry in the world.
Now her jewelry is considered a work of art. They are created exclusively in single copies. Many stars and celebrities are investing large sums in the purchase of Anna’s designs, and collectors are waiting for the release of new collections.
The main motives in the design of Anna Hu’s jewelry are flowers, leaves, vines, splashes of colors. They really do have music.