Sooyoung Kim

Lily Kim Jewelry

"I am interested in the phenomenon of the vitality of nature, and have examined ways to express this in my work. I sought to not only address the superficial substance of nature, but to express the values and nobility of life that is hidden."

Adopting the vitality of nature as a major motif, Sooyoung Kim's jewelry serves to express this idea in a tangible form. In her quest to capture this in her work, the artist adopts natural imagery from cacti, wildflowers, weeds and dandelion spores. With elaborate design and fine craftsmanship, she brings her pieces to life.

Sooyoung Kim first forms silver sheets into the desired shapes by hammering, and then adds textures by chasing. She uses groups of wires to imitate cacti spines, and layers of silver petals to create flowers. Creating a spectrum of surface colors with patination, the artist transforms the metal into the forms of nature.

Sooyoung Kim finished her BFA in Metal Craft in South Korea and in 2008, graduated with an MFA in Metals from RIT. She currently runs her studio in New Jersey.

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Inner Universe Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 880
Small Round Cactus Necklace
Silver & Pearl Necklace

$ 320
Desert Sky Earrings
Gold, Silver & Pearl Earrings

$ 400
Flower Bud Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 500
Simple Universe Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 1,180
Lantern Plant Fuchsia Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 660
Starry Night Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 400
Big Seed Pods Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 640
Inner Beauty Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 440
Starry Night Pearl Earrings
Silver & Pearl Earrings

$ 400
Fruit Burst Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 800
Geometric Lantern Plant Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 480
Round Cactus Necklace
Silver & Pearl Necklace

$ 320
Simple Flower Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 240
Golden Fruit Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 560
Small Lantern Plant Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 380
Fuchsia Earrings
Silver Earrings

$ 240
Starry Night Necklace
Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 320
Beauty Inside Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 960
Strombo Cactus Necklace
Gold, Silver & Pearl Necklace

$ 1,500
Beauty Inside Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 400
Substerile Earrings in Gold
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 500
Lotus Seed Pod Earrings
Gold, Silver & Pearl Earrings

$ 420
Lantern Plant Necklace Gold
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 320
Tacinga Necklace
Silver & Pearl Necklace

$ 290
Tacinga Earrings
Silver & Pearl Earrings

$ 260
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
2012 Saul Bell Design Award Competition, Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande, 2012
11th Annual Fine Craft Show, Rochester, NY, Memorial Art Gallery, 2011
Metals Alumni Exhibition, Rochester, NY, Bevier Gallery @ RIT, 2010
NICHE Awards, Philadelphia, PA, Convention Center, 2009