Raleigh-based jewelry designer Suijin Li is most in her element when she is crafting a piece of jewelry that has the power to resonate with the person wearing it. She has an eye for modern design and her pieces reflect art, architecture and a simple elegance meant to highlight the natural beauty that surrounds us.
Suijin is a native of Caracas, Venezuela, where she obtained her degree in Industrial Design from the Caracas Institute of Design in 1991. She traveled the following year to the United States, where she completed an apprenticeship with internationally-renowned designer Mary Ann Sherr, who is a pioneer in the use of exotic metals in jewelry.
Having sparked a love for using metal in her designs, Suijin continued to work in Mary Ann’s studio, honing her craft and mastering special techniques. During this time, she also studied at North Carolina State University and the Penland School of Crafts under the supervision of talented artists such as Heikki Seppä, Marcia Lewis and Tim McCreight.
Today, each of Suijin’s pieces is meticulously handcrafted using 14K gold, sterling silver, titanium and precious and semi-precious stones, including Swarovski crystals. She’s also created jewelry using Nappa leather, aluminum and stainless steel. Her exclusive designs and limited edition collections can be worn every day or on special occasions, and each piece focuses on craftsmanship and individuality. The pieces are meant to be an extension of the person wearing them.