Yumi Chen's jewelry has been described as timeless, classic, and chic. However, did you know that jewelry design is only one of Chen's talents?
I heard of people who are triple threats, but you are a quadruple threat. You are an accomplished concert violinist, professional pastry chef, and mathematician? How did you end up designing jewelry too? So funny to be called a "quadruple threat!" Just going with the natural flow of life! Designing jewelry began as a form of hand therapy for me after I was injured working as a pastry chef and had lost complete use of my hand. It started as a very practical hobby that quickly turned into something that I became very, very passionate about. Being a jewelry designer has always been a great way for me to combine my love of creative crafty ideas with practical exercises for my hand.
How would you describe your jewelry collection? My jewelry collection is a reflection of my personality. It's classical elegance with a contemporary flair. I simply design what makes me happy and what I personally want to wear. I particularly love Venetian glass, Swarovski crystals, and natural Jade and have incorporated those materials into many of my designs.
What inspires you? Massive doses of Belgian chocolate, caramel macchiatos, and music :)
Now we are talking! What are your top ten tunes on your play list?
What is the most treasured item in your closet? Jeans - Banana Republic
Do you have any fashion, music, or even foodie heros? Hmmm...so many heros...Martha Stewart, Vera Wang, Julia Child, spring to mind, but I feel like everyone that has crossed my path, no matter what background, age group, or position in work has inspired me, has been a great teacher to me, and is a hero in my mind!
Favorite time period for fashion and style? Definitely, turn of the century Art Nouveau style which was characterized by beautiful ornamentations and nature inspired themes.
If a women can only wear one piece of jewelry, what do you think is essential? Earrings, necklace, ring? I think a necklace is essential. Personally, I must wear a necklace to feel dressed everyday.
Since you were a pastry chef.. favorite dessert? My mom's apple pie! Makes me feel so, so great!
Me too! Okay, famous last words? Hi, I'm Yumi! How are yah?!