Xiao Wang is a model and an actress and yet still finds the time to be a jeweller, creating unique fine jewellery that is capturing a huge loyal audience both in New York – where she is currently based – and further afield.
Drawing on a wealth of industry experience Xiao Wang sets untreated, natural and colourful stones in recycled golds and precious metals, just as her recycled-metal dealer father taught her to.
In addition Xiao Wang channels a passion for collecting of antique jewellery and precious gems, as well as a love of Pop Art and Japanese Manga into her work.
Adorn Jewellery Blog: Where does your passion for jewellery design come from?
Xiao Wang: I love gemstones. I’ve been collecting them since I was a child so I think I was meant to make jewellery.
AJB: When you began making jewellery, did you always envisage becoming a fine jeweller?
XW: I love all kinds of jewellery but my heart belongs to fine jewellery and I hope that lasts a long time.
AJB: Your designs are completely unique, how do you come about them?
XW: I design with my instinct, if I don’t like it I will keep re-designing until it’s just right.
AJB: Do you let the stones lead the designs or do you start off with a design and make the stones fit?
XW: I do a bit of both. Sometimes I do find the designs are inspired by the stones.
AJB: How does your great grandfather’s position in the mining industry influence your use of only natural and untreated stones?
XW: I love to use these stones because to me they are pure and not altered to be something they are not. That’s important to me.
AJB: Tell us about your main inspirations, and aspirations.
XW: I get inspirations from lots of things, I love art and manga. I would like to work with new materials, and collaborate with other artists.
I also want to take Xiao Wang jewellery worldwide and I plan to launch the full e-commerce site this fall.
Interview: Lauren Rowden