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Wing Yau, the designer behind the delicate-jewelry brand WWAKE, just debuted something very different. So different, in fact, that when we caught up with her in New York last month, she joked that it’s the “anti-WWAKE.”
If you’re not familiar, WWAKE jewelry is teeny-tiny: most of the pieces consist of small opals, diamonds, and other stones set on equally small bands, chains, and studs. And her new line, Closer by WWAKE, is the exact opposite.
For starters, it’s all much larger. Each ring, necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings is made of folded sheets of recycled sterling silver. The result is a collection that’s much more spontaneous and architectural in nature — which makes sense, since Yau’s background is in sculpture.
Before starting her now-hugely-successful line in 2012, Yau graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She experimented with larger shapes in the early days of WWAKE, but the fine jewelry is what took off. Now, Closer by WWAKE is return to that collection and her roots.
Prices range from $150 to $646, and you can check out the full collection here. And while the pieces look heavy, they’re actually surprisingly light.
Circle Studs, $268
Suspended Earrings, $374
Lancet Earrings, $246
Square Studs, $154
Circle Pendant, $275