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Melanie Moran 24 June 2013


Jing Jing Cao is a London based jeweller, who caught my attention with her BA collection. Jing Jing attended the famous arts and design college Central Saint Martins, and this artistic background and degree has clearly served her well. In every collection and piece of Jing Jing’s jewellery you can clearly see the artist craftsmanship and talent that has gone into every piece. Jing Jing’s romantic jewellery is delicately designed, and the balance of light and shadows highlights the beautiful detailing.


Jing Jing’s BA collection draws inspiration from death, burial plots and monuments that we build to commemorate loved ones lost. Although her inspiration is a little bit morbid, Jing Jing’s collection has elements of  ...


New Jewels:
Six Inspirational Central St Martins Jewelry Graduates

24 January 2012

Stylesight accessories team brings you a peak at Wallpaper* magazine’s edit of six of the most influential jewelry graduates from 2011. This young herd of talent from London’s prestigious design schools are setting exciting new aesthetic directions for jewelry.


Obsessed with Victoriana, this graphic collection focuses on statement cuffs and collars and brings a new perspective to ...

II Memento Mori di Jing Jing Cao
Margherita Antinori 11 January 2012


I gioielli devono possedere in modo discreto, l’idea di gioia, evasione e fantasia. Devono essere capaci di attirare l’attenzione, senza ricercarla.


La pensa così Jing Jing Cao, l’altra designer di bijoux selezionata insieme a Pip Jolley da Future Map 11, per il suo stile romantico e non convenzionale che esprime attraverso una raffinata manualità artigianale.

Memento Mori è una collezione che utilizza in modo alternativo l’idea di ricordo e morte. Collane-colletti, corone, bracciali dalle dimensioni importanti (perché di stampo vittoriano), che ricalcano le forme dei gioielli ...


January 2012

Jing Jing Cao




We were initially drawn to Cao's graphic use of black and white in her sculptural collection, successfully fashioned from humble materials such as brass and shell. It's title 'Memento Mori' suggests an obsession with Victoriana, which goes some way to explain the larger statement ruffs and collars. We particularly like her cuffs, rings and bangles with skillfully cut black acrylic and threaded brass wire ...

Four / Eleven | Jing Jing Cao | Future Map 11

6 January 2012

Jing Jing Cao says of her work “I’m not an artist, I’m not a designer, I’m a Jeweller.” Highly ornate objects, her pieces were first celebrated in 2009, when she released the collection MiCHELE. Although Jing Jing says she does not have a muse, the inspiration in the pieces are regal, bold, and yet feminine.


MiCHELE won the Harold Hobbs Memorial Process Award and was picked up by the Cultural Activities Committee of the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) for an exhibition “The Real and the Virtual” of 2010.


The pieces in the MiCHELE collection are attracting praise for the sophisticated craftsmanship behind the pieces and the delicacy of the design, balanced by the decisiveness of the metal creates a play ...

Future Map 11

December 2011

The University of the Arts London unveiled their Future Map 11 exhibition yesterday at the Zabludowicz Collection. The show features 30 of the most ‘cutting edge’ talent from the University’s 2011 graduates. ARTS THREAD takes a look at a handful of the best creatives on show.


In addition, Selfridges is showcasing seven designers from this year’s Future Map in a window display designed by StudioXAG and curated by the Future Map team.


The beautiful ‘Memento Mori’ collection by Harold Hobbs Memorial Process Award winning jeweller Jing Jing ...

Central Saint Martins:
Ba Hons Jewellery Graduate Show 2011 Review

Amelia Gregory 23 June 2011

The Central Saint Martin Ba shows were held for the last time this year in the iconic Charing Cross building, before the courses depart for new accommodation in Kings Cross. What will happen to the beautiful vaulted hallways when they go? The caretaker couldn’t tell me… I can’t help but love jewellery – whilst I’ll happily bypass the graphic design stands if there’s a glint of precious gem I’m in there, nosing around. The Ba Jewellery offering was a mixed bag – much of it did not appeal to me at all but the designs that did grabbed my attention good and proper. Below are the best designers I found.

Jing Jing Cao produced stunning brass and acrylic ruffs that spread around the face like a stylised human frame ...

Fashion - From the Jewellery to the Total Look

March 2011

'Memento Mori' Peweter Bangle


The lacy bangle formed by a matt surface pewter 'crown' and an acrylic 'shadow' base, throughout with black beads, highlighted with round brilliant cut crystals, circumference 19.50cm. The bangle is designed as a dedicated medium to connect the dead and the living for we who need it to remember.


'Memento Mori' Peweter Necklace


The lacy necklace formed by pewter with a polished surface and a rose gauze wreathe, throughout with ...

Au Contraire

24 March 2010

BA Jewellery students from CSM have wowed Vogue with their Au Contraire catwalk show. Now in its fifth year, the second year ‘Fashion’ project sees jewellery students explore the potential for showing their work in a performative environment, looking at scale, innovative materials and trends.  After an intensive month of actualisation, the results are unveiled with a catwalk show at Lethaby House, Southampton Row. Senior Lecturer Sian Evans curates the project, encouraging them to work collaboratively to develop the show themselves.


The pieces ranged from the theatrical to the fashion friendly, with oversized wreath-like neckpieces making for a strong theme with designers including Gan Huang, Cecilia Wong and Anna Heasman. For the likes of Ralph Masri and Leonie Engel, headpieces were where it’s at ...

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