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Announcement - Indy Week Best of Triangle

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I have exciting news to share with all my jewelry lovers! HTY Jewelry has made it to the finalist of Indy Week 2019 Best of Triangle - Best Jewelry Store in Wake County.  Thank you so much for your support and I just need your help one more time: from now until May 5th please cast your vote for HTY Jewelry so I can win 2019 Best of Triangle - Best Jewelry Store in Wake County this year! Thank you so much!!!

Here is the direct link for your vote

Great way to kick off 2018: An interview with Taiwan-based La Vie magazine (January, 2018)

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Happy 2018! I was overjoyed when I found out last month La Vie magazine wanted to interview me for their January 2018 issue. La Vie is a Taiwanese monthly lifestyle and design magazine, published by Cite Publishing. In Taiwan, it is one of the most prestigious magazines in the arts and design fields.  I remembered when I was still living in Taiwan, I used to seek inspiration by browsing through their monthly magazines in the bookstore, it’s literally like a bible for artists and designers.  Therefore, I felt so honored and immediately said “Yes!” to the opportunity without any hesitation.  Besides, this is my very first interview from my home country, so it really means a lot to me to be recognized by my people.

The main focus of this issue is an in-depth discussion about the alternative career paths and lifestyles of my generation of craftsmen and craftswomen. The career choices for a college graduate are not limited to  working for corporate America.  Instead, young Taiwanese craftsmen and craftswomen are using their creativity and talents to build the vivid lifestyle that they have seen all over the world.    

My section was actually a group interview with five other Taiwanese craftspeople. Each of us shared our experiences of working as an entrepreneur in different countries, including France, the United States, England, Israel, and Australia. As a studio jeweler, I talked about the overall market trends in the States based on my personal observations in this industry through the years.

I wish they had an English translation of the magazine, but at least I can still share my happiness with you! I hope you all had a wonderful holidays with your loved ones in 2017 and have a prosperous New Year!

Till next time,


[Repost] Jewelry Under $200

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Thank you Made of Jewelry for featuring my Reveal earrings! 

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As told in my previous, not everyone has the money to buy exquisite and/or high end jewelry. But you must know there is jewelry out there for all kinds of budgets. That's why I selected some under $200 just for you! Hope you'll like what I've came up with!

  1. Keynes Small Signature Hexagon Chain bracelet by Walters Faith in Sterling Silver, $150
  2. Tourmaline ring by Manari Design in 14k Rose/White/Yellow Gold, $199
  3. Champagne Diamond Half Eternity ring by Rie Kanemitsu Jewellery, $200
  4. Self Love bracelet by Fred + Far, $179
  5. Jaqcueline hoops by Erin DeLuca Jewelry, $130
  6. 14kt Gold Sapphire & Champagne Diamond Arc ring by La Kaiser, $172
  7. Rose Baby Signet by Gabriela Artigas, $195
  8. Boss necklace by Winden Jewelry, $185
  9. Little By Little ring by Aletheia Phos set with graduating faceted Iolite, $189
  10. White Sapphire ring by Jamie Park Jewelry, $199
  11. Anni Aquamarine Pave Crescent ring by Leah Alexandra, $170
  12. 14K Gold Birthstone Stud by Shahla Karimi, $145 (single)
  13. Snake ring by Mara Carrizo Scalise in Sterling Silver, $145
  14. Carved Tourmaline Flower pendant by Happy Little Gems, $133
  15. Bloom ring by Louise Jean Jewelry set with Pink Sapphires in Sterling Silver, $180
  16. Banded ring in Silver by Clarice Price Thomas, $164
  17. Wrap ring by Karen Hsiang in Sterling Silver, $190
  18. Mini Letter Chain ring by Kelly Bello Designs, $130
  19. Rún earrings by Laurie Fleming in Sterling Silver set with Mother of Pearl stones, $155
  20. Friends Smitten Chain necklace by Ruifier, $155
  21. Atlantic Ocean ring by Silverella NYC set with London Blue Topaz in Sterling Silver, 190
  22. Reveal - 3 Tier Geo Post earrings by HTY Jewelry, $185
  23. Tiny Turquoise with Cognac Diamond studs by Lumo, $125 (single)
  24. Cupid necklace by Workhorse Jewelry, $172
  25. Amethyst and Baby Diamond Bezel Birthstone ring by Stones & Gold, $175

Crafting Beauty by Raleigh Magazine

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I am honored to be featured in Raleigh Magazine’s  “Crafting Beauty,”  a feature on local Raleigh jewelry designers. My work was highlighted along with two other talented women for their July issue.



A native of Taiwan, Hsiang-Ting Yen grew up fascinated by jewelry. She played with it as a child, collected it through adulthood, and since 2013, has sold it from her store in Raleigh.

Yen’s collections have grown from various influences including sculpture, geometric shapes, and bold colors. Looking at her portfolio, you can see her work shift as she is exposed to new muses, letting her “artistic gut” take over.

Imagine hand-crafted pieces made from sterling silver, electro-formed copper, enamel and 24k gold vermeil. Triangles cascade down her earrings, large ovals dangle from her necklaces, and her rings jump from traditional to her Black & Gold Armor Statement Ring, a warrior-like piece worthy of a superhero.

“I love earrings,” says Yen. “When I create a new collection, I start with earrings. They are my best sellers at shows. A lot of times I have to remind myself to make more than earrings to create a full collection.”

Her collection is both wearable and bold at the same time, designed for confident and unique women.For Yen, jewelry design has a dual purpose. There is her vision, and then there is her client’s. “For custom pieces, I help individualize the jewelry and help people create a piece that tells their own story,” says Yen.

Custom pieces range from wedding rings to men’s accessories, and sometimes even include heirlooms. A past client, for example, has hired Yen to make a ring repurposed from her great-grandmother’s pendant. In terms of custom pieces, Yen says that rings are her favorite to make.

Yen admits that her custom portfolio may seem “all over the place” because of the individual attention she must pay to each client. “My customer is my inspiration,” says Yen.

Yen started her business with a studio space and also attending craft shows all over the country. While Yen has had to cut down on her show attendance to focus on custom work, she still loves the shows and can be seen occasionally from San Francisco to Atlanta.

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The State of Metalsmiths by Salt Magazine

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I'm so excited and honored to be one of the featured artists at Salt Magazine this month, to know more about this article, here is the original link:



The State of Metalsmiths

Wilmington is home to some of North Carolina’s most acclaimed metal crafts people — a tradition that now spans the state        

By Emily Colin

North Carolina is known for its deep-rooted “maker” tradition, where crafting has risen from a traditional way of life to a finely honed art form. This is certainly true of metalsmithing, a field where an incredible community of designers has emerged over the past century — all dedicated to creating original, inspired personal adornment. The art has evolved, even as the tools of the trade — torches, hammers, pliers, anvils, files and roll mills — remain constant.

“One of the reasons that there’s such a rich tradition in the western part of the state is the craft movement that took place in the early 1900s,” says Melissa Manley, Wilmington metalsmith and Cape Fear Community College professor. Driven by economic initiatives, schools like “Arrowmont in Tennessee and Penland in the (N.C.) Blue Ridge supported local people by educating children and giving trades to adults, like jewelry making,” explains Manley. Penland School of Crafts (est. 1929) — northwest of Asheville — was at the epicenter. “(Students) wanted to learn from the finest people in the field, and (Penland) kept those fires stoked.”

Penland still thrives today, offering multidisciplinary workshops led by a rotating faculty. Asheville metalsmith Joanna Gollberg took her first-ever class at Penland, which “really changed the course of my life.” She is now an instructor there. “It’s a small community and everyone’s making something. Everyone’s supportive, and it’s a beautiful environment in terms of learning and sharing.” Though an anchor for the state’s tradition, Penland doesn’t offer a degree program.

North Carolina’s eastern stronghold, East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design, was forged in 1962, bringing the state’s tradition to the coast and refining it. ECU offers both B.F.A. and M.F.A. programs. Celebrated instructors and internationally acclaimed artists Linda Darty and Robert Ebendorf helped shape an entire generation of metalsmiths, many of whom settled south in Wilmington post graduation. Ebendorf has retired, but Darty founded and directs ECU’s study abroad intensive in Certaldo, Italy.

Another ECU professor, the late John Satterfield, played a seminal role in teaching several of the metalsmiths featured in this piece, such as Wilmington’s Will Olney. “He intrigued me,” says Olney. “He had technical knowledge about everything. The way he constructed pieces, with mechanical, moving parts — it was steampunk before steampunk was cool.”

Goldsmith and designer Mary Ann Scherr’s role in shaping the metalsmithing scene — not just in North Carolina but in the field as a whole — cannot be overstated. Scherr passed away just last year, but lived in Raleigh and was a highly sought-after instructor, teaching at Penland, Raleigh Fine Arts and many others. A treasure beyond the Triangle, her work has been displayed in the Vatican Museum of Contemporary Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian.

Raleigh metalsmith Sarah Tector served as one of Scherr’s studio assistants and later helped to found a Triangle metalsmithing group in her honor. “It was just such a gift to know her. She was an inspiration as a woman and as a creative person,” says Tector. “And it wasn’t just metals. She was the first female designer at Ford Motor Company, she did extensive work in commercials and graphics, she designed clothing — some of her cookie jars wound up being things Andy Warhol loved. To be doing this, as a female, in times when it was such a struggle to get recognition was amazing.”

This small but formidable group of instructors blazed the trail for the thriving and diverse community of metalsmiths that calls our state home today. From seasoned metalsmiths to emerging artisans, gallery owners to college professors, here is a glimpse into the world of North Carolina’s metalsmiths — from our backyard to the hills.

Hsiang-Ting Yen, Raleigh

Hsiang-Ting Yen was an undergraduate business administration student in Taiwan when inspiration struck. “My parents were afraid ‘you’ll starve yourself if you become an artist.’ I studied business, so I’d definitely have a job when I graduated. But I wasn’t happy,” Yen says. Then, an end-of-semester metalsmithing show at her university transformed her perspective.

Yen went on to attend Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating with an M.A. in metals and jewelry and an M.F.A. in jewelry and objects in 2012. Now living in Raleigh, she participates in the Triangle’s monthly get-togethers founded in honor of Mary Ann Scherr.

“Right now, my business’s main strengths are custom designs, craft shows and wholesale,” Yen says. She loves revealing the end result of a custom design — it’s “like a kid opening a candy box.”

In a departure from earlier nature-inspired influences, today Yen leans “more toward geometric and sculptural forms. I love Art Deco, the Art Nouveau era — I like how they interpret the design and the color.”



Where to Learn

Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington.

East Carolina University*, Greenville.

Pocosin Arts, Columbia.

Cary Arts Center, Cary.

Pullen Arts Center, Raleigh.

The Crafts Center at NC State University, Raleigh.

Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Winston-Salem.

Haywood Community College*, Clyde.

John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown.

Penland School of Crafts

*degree program

Where to Shop in Wilmington

Blue Moon Gift Shops

203 Racine Drive,

Cameron Art Museum Gift Shop

3201 South 17th St.,

Edge of Urge

18 Market St.,

Jonkheer Jewelry & Cicada Metals

4410 Wrightsville Ave.,

Spectrum Fine Jewelry, 1125 Military Cutoff Road, Suite J