FRAME is a series of earrings inspired by Chinese traditional Mortise-and-Tenon wood joinery. Each product combines jade and metal features in a modern modular system through the use of dovetail joineries.
FRAME is designed trivialize the traditional forms and styles of jade jewelry, puncturing perceptions of monotony and introducing inspiration to a much-loved precious material. LOOP gives millennials and Generation Z the choice of minimalistic, sophisticated jade jewelry that seeks to redefine tradition and usher in the future of jewelry design.
Jade jewelry has been a tradition of Chinese culture for centuries, but now imported diamond jewelry dominates the markets. Cultural shifts in taste can only account for part of this movement, inspiring the search for innovation and experimentation in there-invention of a Chinese classic.
No jewelry production the present international market uses the Mortise-and-Tenon Wood Joinery technique as the basis for a functional ornamental structure, as well as an iconic mode of expression. Inspired by Dovetail Joinery, FRAME represents a modern and systematic design practice.
Instead of traditional stone setting techniques, FRAME’s jade and metal components are cut into highly accurate modular pieces and assembled in a precise modular system. This innovative assembly method challenges jade jewelry industry traditions by introducing higher manufacturing accuracy and applying diversified advanced manufacturing techniques including five axis CNC and linear cutting.
FORM AND CULTURE
The architectural practices of Chinese horticultural settings is typically inspired by the technique of ‘Enframed scenery’, which frames a view of the garden as if through a window. FRAME’s concept is to take give wearers of our jewelry the chance to enframe their own natural beauty. Our designs will offer a beautiful window onto your skin.
Dovetail wood joinery