Theresa Kwong, Jeweler

Theresa Kwong, Jeweler in San Mateo, California, uses various hammers and stakes to forge recycled metals like sterling silver, 18k bimetal, and mokume gane into flowing, curving 3D forms.  Her designs include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cuffs, brooches and rings.

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Theresa Kwong

“When I create a piece of jewelry, I strive for visual beauty when viewed from different angles. Craftsmanship, proportion, and comfort of wear are all important to me. All pieces are equally inspired by natural and built environments.”

Theresa Kwong’s design sensibility comes from years of practicing as an architect. Shell and tensile structures have always fascinated her with their clean lines and sinuous curves. The eye wants to follow the curves, and each curve brings excitement. This is what she wants for her jewelry. Her work expresses tremendous visual movement, reminiscent of Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid structures.

Theresa uses shell-forming and anticlastic raising techniques. Thin, flat sheets of silver, gold, or mokume gane are slowly shaped into 3-D objects using hammers, stakes, and an anvil. The hammer marks left from forming provide beautiful textures which are contrasted with polished highlights. Being a LEED accredited architect, she uses recycled metals whenever possible.

Theresa received her bachelor of arts degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. A career change has brought her to jewelry-making. As an architect, she created 3-D objects on a macro scale; as a metalsmith, she creates 3-D objects on a micro scale. She studied under numerous masters at Revere Academy and is especially influenced by Michael Good.