Anna Hu is a focused and single-minded artist, reaching new heights in haute jewelry design. Approaching her art with a distinctly East-meets-West philosophy and aesthetic, she constantly breaks new ground in haute jewelry design. Her extraordinary palette of colors, her knowledge of precious and semiprecious gems, and her daring experimentation with metallurgy and physical geometry have all contributed to works of unearthly beauty. Here, in the second volume of a projected multivolume series, Anna Hu looks back at the last five years and singles out a carefully curated collection of exceptional rings, bracelets, necklaces, and brooches.
Born in Taiwan, Anna Hu was trained at the Walnut Hill School of the Arts near Boston as a concert cellist. After receiving degrees from the jewelry design program at New York’s FIT, the history of decorative arts and design program at Parsons, and arts administration at Columbia University, she served apprenticeships at Christie’s jewelry department, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston. In 2007 she opened Anna Hu Haute Joallerie, a French-Chinese fine jewelry brand specializing in one-of-a-kind jewelry executed by French ateliers using the rarest stones in the world. For nearly fifteen years, Anna Hu’s professional development has been guided by jewelry historian Janet Zapata, who first recognized Hu’s gifts when the young designer was studying at Parsons. In Symphony of Jewels: Opus II, Zapata surveys the impressive trajectory of Anna Hu’s career and looks to her future as one of the brightest diamonds in the world of contemporary fine jewelry design.
Janet Zapata, a historian of jewelry and decorative arts, is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Cartier in the 20th Century, The Jewels and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Seaman Schepps.
Sarah Davis is a jewelry historian, author, and editor for the American Society of Jewelry Historians. She was editor and a co-author of Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection.
François Curiel is Chairman of Christie’s in Europe.