IJL Inspired: Interview with Bright Young Gem, Lingjun Sun

IJL Inspired: Interview with Bright Young Gem, Lingjun Sun

Lingjun Sun has recently completed a two-year MA Jewellery Design project at Central Saint Martins, after having worked for 10 years as an Opal cutter in Australia.

Within the carefully designed and boldly coloured settings, Sun matches the opal with new vocabularies of materials. Corian and anodized aluminium meet gold and silver to offer a stark contrast with the characteristics of the stone. The unusual material palette and innovative design work wowed the Bright Young Gem judges!

We caught up with Lingjun ahead of IJL 2019 to discuss his collections, inspirations and Bright Young Gem experience.

What made you want to apply to be a Bright Young Gem at IJL 2019?

IJL has a great reputation and high standard in the industry, which makes winning BYG a great confirmation to my work and brings huge opportunities.

What are you most looking forward to during your Bright Young Gem experience?

Constructional feedback and advice from professionals in the field and publicity opportunities.

Tell us about where you get your inspiration from?

Architectural texture.

Tell us a little about the work you will be bringing to IJL 2019?

Boldly coloured, technique driven, fine art jewellery.

When did you first discover your love of jewellery?

I have had a curiosity and passion towards antique jewellery since teenage.

Who would you love to see wearing your jewellery?

Artist jeweller, Suzzan Syz

If you had to summarise your brand in a couple of words, what would you use?

Innovative vocabularies of materials and colour palette which define fine jewellery in an ethical and sustainable manner.


Make sure to register for your FREE ticket to IJL 2019 and pay a visit to the cutting-edge talent on the KickStart and Bright Young Gem collective stand in the prestigious design gallery.

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