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Theresa Kwong

"When I create a piece of jewelry, I strive for visual beauty when viewed from different angles. Craftsmanship, proportion, and comfort of wear are all important to me. All pieces are equally inspired by natural and built environments."

Theresa Kwong's design sensibility comes from years of practicing as an architect. Shell and tensile structures have always fascinated her with their clean lines and sinuous curves. The eye wants to follow the curves, and each curve brings excitement. This is what she wants for her jewelry. Her work expresses tremendous visual movement, reminiscent of Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid structures.

The artist uses shell-forming and anticlastic raising techniques. Thin, flat sheets of silver, gold, or mokume gane are slowly shaped into 3-D objects using hammers, stakes, and an anvil. The hammer marks left from forming provide beautiful textures which are contrasted with polished highlights. Being a LEED accredited architect, Theresa uses recycled metals whenever possible.

Theresa Kwong originally received her bachelor of arts degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. A career change has brought her to jewelry-making. As an architect, she created 3-D objects on a macro scale; as a metalsmith, she creates 3-D objects on a micro scale. She studied under numerous masters at Revere Academy and is especially influenced by Michael Good.

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Eden Stud Earrings with ...
Gold & Silver Earrings
by Theresa Kwong
$ 120
Mokume Stud Earrings
Silver & Copper Earrings
by Theresa Kwong
$ 69 - $ 105
Small Crescence Pendant
Silver & Copper Necklace
by Theresa Kwong
$ 329
Birthstone Pendants in S...
Silver & Stone Necklace
by Theresa Kwong
$ 236 - $ 240
Birthstone Pendants in G...
Gold & Silver Necklace
by Theresa Kwong
$ 276
Willow Earrings in Bi-Me...
Gold & Silver Earrings
by Theresa Kwong
$ 430 - $ 460
Dahlia Pendant Necklace ...
Silver & Pearl Necklace
by Theresa Kwong
$ 780
Wave Bracelet
Silver Bracelet
by Theresa Kwong
$ 226
Oval Earrings in Sterlin...
Silver Earrings
by Theresa Kwong
$ 170 - $ 180
Oval Earrings in Mokume
Silver & Copper Earrings
by Theresa Kwong
$ 376
Wrap Bracelet with Stone...
Silver & Stone Bracelet
by Theresa Kwong
$ 760 - $ 1,580
Oval Earrings with Mokum...
Silver Earrings
by Theresa Kwong
$ 400 - $ 466
Radiate Pendant
Gold & Silver Necklace
by Theresa Kwong
$ 1,530
Oval Earrings in Bimetal
Gold & Silver Earrings
by Theresa Kwong
$ 376 - $ 518
Drift Brooch
Silver Brooch
by Theresa Kwong
$ 2,470
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Convention Center, 2014-2017
Kings Mountain Art Fair, Woodside, CA, Kings Mountain Fire Station, 2012-2017
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Mill Valley, CA, Old Mill Park, 2013-2017
Niche Awards, USA, Professional Silver Category, 2017