Anna Hu: Symphony of Jewels

Opus II

By Janet Zapata

Foreword by François Curiel

192 pages, with two gatefolds

27.9 x 33 cm, portrait

Over 200 color illustrations

Hardcover with jacket

ISBN 978-0-86565-341-2

GBP £60 / US $75

PUBLISHED: Oct, 2018

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Anna Hu is a focused and single-minded artist, reaching new heights in haute jewellery design. Approaching her art with a distinctly East-meets-West philosophy and aesthetic, she constantly breaks new ground in haute jewellery design. Her extraordinary palette of colours, her knowledge of precious and semiprecious gems, and her daring experimentation with metallurgy and physical geometry have all contributed to works of unearthly beauty. Here, in the second volume of a projected multivolume series, Anna Hu looks back at the last five years and singles out a carefully curated collection of exceptional rings, bracelets, necklaces, and brooches.

Born in Taiwan, Anna Hu was trained at the Walnut Hill School of the Arts near Boston as a concert cellist. After receiving degrees from the jewellery design program at New York’s FIT, the history of decorative arts and design program at Parsons, and arts administration at Columbia University, she served apprenticeships at Christie’s jewellery department, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston. In 2007 she opened Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie, a French-Chinese fine jewellery brand specialising in one-of-a-kind jewellery executed by French ateliers using the rarest stones in the world. For nearly fifteen years, Anna Hu’s professional development has been guided by jewellery historian Janet Zapata, who first recognised Hu’s gifts when the young designer was studying at Parsons. In Symphony of Jewels: Opus II, Zapata surveys the impressive trajectory of Anna Hu’s career and looks to her future as one of the brightest diamonds in the world of contemporary fine jewellery design.

Janet Zapata, a historian of jewellery and decorative arts, is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Cartier in the 20th Century, The Jewels and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Seaman Schepps.

François Curiel is Chairman of Christie's Europe and Asia.