Xinyi Chen

About Xinyi Chen

For award-winning jeweller Xinyi Chen, the e-waste processing plants of mainland China are a creative playground. Electronic components have a special place in her heart – she calls them ‘Artificial Intelligems’. She loves their shapes, textures, colours, precise structures, digital spirituality and hidden beauty.

Through a combination of traditional hand skills and contemporary jewellery-making techniques, including CAD, laser cutting and electroplating, Xinyi alters the fate of discarded electronic components, transporting them from landfill to jewellery boxes.

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In addition to commenting on our climate of waste and excess, Xinyi’s jewellery also references the boundary between the digital and physical worlds, seeking to comment on our relationship with smartphones, social media and apps in particular. “I hope that people can return to this earth’s reality from the virtual, rethinking what it means to live in this rapidly changing world, and reflect upon the essentials of who they are,” she explains.

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All Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitors welcome commissions. Don’t hesitate to contact this maker and start a conversation about commissioning a piece, unique to you. Examples of commissioning include transforming or combining old jewellery into new pieces, incorporating stones into new settings, or simply working together to create a bespoke piece in the style of this maker.

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