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 where the smallest detail had a big influence on the piece. This is why he studied jewellery design at the MAD-faculty in Hasselt, Belgium where he could do his bachelors and masters degree. The use of materials, which aren’t normally associated with jewellery, is what fascinates him most.


Extremity 01

Necklace, 2019

Textile, rope, sewing thread

Extremity 02

Necklace, 2019

Textile, rope, sewing thread, steel

Extremity 03

Necklace, 2019

Textile, rope, sewing thread


-2014-2016: PXL/MAD-faculty, Hasselt (BE)
Master of Fine Arts: Object & Jewellery
-2015-2016: Syntra, Tongeren (BE)
Goldsmithing and jewellery design
-2011-2015: PXL/MAD-faculty, Hasselt (BE)
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Object & Jewellery
-2007-2011: Sint-Lukas Art School, Brussels (BE)
Architectural & Interior Arts

-2015: Beyond Fashion, Antwerp (BE)

Honorable mention
-Honorable mention Triple Parade 2016.

Exhibitions & Fairs
-Persona, virtual exhibition by The Holy Art gallery, 03/2021 London (UK)
-Painful Hope @ Alliages, Lille (FR)
-Broken Beauty virtual exhibition by Alliages @ Lalabeyou, Madrid (ES)
-Broken Beauty @ Alliages, Lille (FR)
-MAD about INHORGENTA, Munich (DE)
-Not Only Decoration @ Alliages, Lille (FR)
-Not Only Decoration @ Cbijoux’s Gallery, Monthey (CH)
-MAD about INHORGENTA, Munich (DE)
-Smitten Collective expo, Gitschotellei 82, Antwerp (BE)
-Exhibition In Print: Repair and renewal: Making things whole again, Metalsmith Magazine vol 37 N°4
-Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition (CN)
-Alliages Permanent Collection 2017, Lille (FR)

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Precious? 2021 – Surabhi Sahgai

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