Chinese High Jeweler Feng J’s Gingko Brooch Inducted Into Prestigious Paris Museum
High jewelry artist, Feng J, has had one of her jewels accepted by the Musee des Arts Decoratifs (MAD) Paris, which houses one of the world’s most prestigious collections of important jewels.
Feng J’s Feuille de Ginkgo will be part of the museum’s permanent collection. The art brooch is installed in the jewelry gallery, where it is displayed alongside pieces by the world’s most prestigious jewelry brands and high jewelry artists.
At the age of 36, Feng J is the youngest jeweler and the only jeweler from Mainland China to have her work appear in MAD’s permanent collection. Her rise in the rarified world of high jewelry has been quite spectacular considering both her age and that she entered this field of discipline just six years ago.
Like the name suggests, the Feuille de Ginkgo uses precious material along with fine design and craftsmanship to imitate a Gingko leaf. The light and airy jewel displays a rough texture and organic shape as it spreads out like a leaf. A total of 55 colorful gems incorporates Feng J’s “double rose-cut” gem technique. They include colored sapphires, tanzanites, moonstones, tsavorites and opal with a total weight of 35.68 carats. They are intertwined with 18K white gold and 156 rose-cut diamonds.
On the bottom of the brooch at the end of a diamond encrusted stem is a purplish spinel weighing 9.89 carats.
Exceptional gem-setting techniques hiding much of the 18k gold allow for these colored gems of different shapes and sizes to have a translucent effect and appear as if they are floating within the brooch, which is also a technique common in her pieces. The brooch also displays her “Painterly” style of creating jewels.
Feng J designs her pieces in her Shanghai studio, and they are produced at a Place Vendôme atelier. This latest honor is one of growing list of achievements the young jeweler has had. They include the following:
- Feng J Art Joaillerie will exhibit at the La Biennale antique and arts fair in Paris, at the Palace Louvre, which will be held in November. She will become the first jeweler from Mainland China to appear at the fair.
- In December 2020, at her age of 34, Feng J’s Jardin de Giverny necklace with her “Painterly” style, was sold in Phillips auction for $2.6 million, and another creation, “Fountain of diamond” ring was sold for $1.7 million afterwards in Phillips post-auction, which made her one of the youngest jewelers to achieve multi-million auction prices worldwide.
- In June 2021, Feng J was chosen as one of a select group of female jewelers of the 20th and 21st centuries by Vivienne Becker the jewelry historian, for the “Woman to Woman” private selling exhibition held by Phillips Auction and Vivarium.