Junxing Pan is a jeweller based in London and Shanghai. She graduated from the Royal College of Art with a MA degree in Jewellery and Metal after receiving her BA degree in Jewellery and Objects at Birmingham City University. With a design ethos featuring playables and interactives, her artistic practice pushes the boundaries of jewellery and defies its conventional forms and meanings. She regards jewellery as something that is fluid – not defined or restricted – and believes that the value of jewellery should not be dependent on material.
When it comes to jewellery, people often have this preconceived idea of what it looks like or how it should be worn, and think its value is determined by the materials that have been used. In Junxing’s work, she tries to dismiss such notions, incorporating into the design movable and playable elements in a playful way to challenge the standard shapes and forms of both the gemstones and jewellery. Some of her rings are designed with movable parts while others have gemstones tucked neatly under the ring surface instead of simply embedded onto it. The idea here is for the wearers to be pleasantly surprised when they play with the piece and find the gems hidden inside the otherwise inconspicuous ring. She is fascinated by the process of creating such serendipitous moments, and aspires to introduce the wearer to a different side of jewellery as they wear and play with it.