Precious? / USA


Dongyi’s works span across jewellery, body jewellery, fashion art, sculpture and conceptual installation.

Trying to push the boundaries of jewellery, Dongyi creates the works with her unique and expressive language while making them wearable and well crafted.

Collecting ideas from literature books, her own experiences, and researches of psychology, Dongyi lets free imagination and the inspiration guide her in designing the object to wear. She likens herself as a storyteller, who narrates stories that seem to be trivial and common but actually express strong and genuine emotions.

Moreover, Dongyi has an interest in the relationship among human bodies, artworks and spaces in between. She wants to treat human bodies not as an empty canvas for jewellery to fill in, but as an essential component of jewellery. She believes jewellery is a visual language of human bodies that is delivered to others without real words.


Access To Unknown Worlds 4

Necklace, 2020

Copper, Steel, Plastic, Clay, Wax Thread

Access To Unknown Worlds 5

Necklace, 2020

Copper, Steel, Plastic, Clay, Wax Thread

Access To Unknown Worlds 7

Necklace, 2020

Copper, Steel, Plastic, Clay, Wax Thread


MFA of Metals and Jewelry Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, US, 2018
BA of Jewelry Art Design, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China, 2014

Selected Awards
2020 PREZIOSA YOUNG 2020 Winner
2019 Lydon Emerging Artist Program (LEAP award) Finalist
2017 ENJOIA’T 2017 Contemporary Jewellery Student Award Finalist

Selected Recent Exhibitions
2021 Preziosa Young 2020 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain(group)
2021 Passerby, Tallinn, Estonia(solo)
2020 Alternative Option, Shanghai, China(group)
2020 JOYA Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain(group)
2020 Where is the Abandoned Salmon Strip? Lappeenranta, Finland(solo)
2019 XII Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy(group)
2019 Beijing International Jewelry Exhibition, Beijing, China(group)
2019 Daily Notes, San Antonio, US(solo)
2019 Lucid Dreams, Fort Worth, US(solo)
2018 Schmuck 2018, Munich, Germany(group)

Selected Publications
Book: Chinese Contemporary Jewelry Design. Bifei Cao. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.:Atglen, United States, 2020.
Magazine: Autor Magazine #5: Bucharest, Romania, 2018.
Book: New Brooches: 400+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs. Estrada, Nicolas. Promopress: Barcelona, 2018.

Precious? 2021 – Alexandra Prelipcean

ALEXANDRA PRELIPCEAN Precious? / Romania   My jewelry tells alternative stories about beauty, as I don’t seek beauty in perfection. A Story in White Collection tells stories about change and growth, about new beginnings, about the transmutation of Fear into Hope....

Precious? 2021 – Amy Stringer

AMY STRINGER Precious? / UK   Amy fuses industrial and precious materials to create bold, one off contemporary jewellery. Amy primarily combines cement with striking metalwork, nature and gemstones to challenge society’s perception of ‘precious’. With...

Precious? 2021 – Carmel Boerner

CARMEL BOERNER Precious? / Canada   Ruff subverts a historically potent symbol of status and wealth, questioning who and what is precious. While Ruff appears to be an Elizabethan frippery of fabric, on closer appraisal it betrays itself as gloves worn by medical...

Precious? 2021 – Claudia Lepik

CLAUDIA LEPIK Precious? / UK   Claudia Lepik is a jewellery artist who is intrigued by how to push boundaries in jewellery through her use of scale and materials. She is specifically interested in face and nose jewellery but is heavily inspired by theatrical...

Precious? 2021 – Elisabetta Nevola

ELISABETTA NEVOLA Precious? / Italy   For me porcelain represents a unique and privileged expressive tool, where strength and delicacy can coexist, despite this contrast . My creations are the outcome of a matter research: clay plasticity and metals, come...

Precious? 2021 – Elvira Cibotti

ELVIRA CIBOTTI Precious? / Argentina   I have always been an avid observer of my surroundings. The impressions and feelings embossed in my mind have made me feel the need to talk about how I see and feel the world around me. Through jewelry, I have found a way to...

Precious? 2021 – Iro Kaskani

IRO KASKANI Precious? / Cyprus   My work is about designing and making visionary pieces through the synergy of craftsmanship and creativity. Throughout the whole process, from concept to completion; the intention is to successfully create wearable artwork that...

Precious? 2021 – Juan Harnie

JUAN HARNIE Precious? / Belgium   Juan Harnie is a 27-year old jewellery designer/maker from Hasselt, Belgium. He studied architectural and interior arts in Brussels but the scale of the things he had to design troubled him. He liked to work on a small scale and...

Precious? 2021 – Mara Colecchia

MARA COLECCHIA Precious? / USA   Working with minuscule seed beads forces a weaver to be methodical and attentive, as a small mistake on a large piece can turn into a serious complication. This technique is extremely time consuming, and necessitates the creation...

Precious? 2021 – Surabhi Sahgai

SURABHI SAHGAL Precious? / India    I am a jewellery-maker transitioning from architectural practice towards narrative objects and speculative adornment. I see my current practice as an exploratory journey into the development of jewellery and objects as stimuli...

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