Jonathan took up scuba diving and he discovered the amazing underwater world. He found the sculptural landscape made up of both hard and soft coral achingly beautiful. And it was this inspiration that gave birth to the entire range of jewelry dedicated to the beauty of the fragile Coral and Sea Life would like to preserve it as an art form that can be appreciated through time.The range consists of Seafan Coral, Staghorn coral, Elkhorn Coral, Mushroom Coral, Stingray, Lionfish and many other underwater sealife!
This range is a celebration of the amazing Botanical bounty found in nature. Jonathan recreates a permanent garden that can be enjoyed forever. He finds inspiration from Dendrobium orchids, Maidenhairferns, Boston ferns,Lotus Pond,Herbs and spices like Nutmegs, StarAnise, Allium, Gingko leaf,Water plants like Mosaic plants stones etc and translates them into beautiful works of art.
This range is inspired from the Straits Chinese heritage and lifestyle. One of the many iconic forms is the Kerongsang or brooches worn by the Nyonyas and also the Phoenix is prominently featured in jewellery. The concept of the collection is to borrow from the past and marry it with the present so that the beauty of the traditional forms can continually be admired as it is worn with modern day clothing. Jonathan has also made an entire range comprising various iconic items found in the traditional homes of the Peranakan and made them into miniature charms!
Below are some reasons why customers love Jonathan Yun's creations ...
"You will find unique jewellery made by Jonathan and I am privileged to own a few of his creations. Each piece has a background story, either related to the design or the materials used. This is because each item has close connections with culture or nature. I have different pieces from across Jonathan’s ranges and I always need to take a few moments to admire the craftsmanship and design before wearing. And every time I am sure to get compliments and take great pleasure in explaining the provenance."
Sadaf Lynes, UK
"Mr Jonathan Yun is a gifted and sensitive artist, with a gift for seeing and appreciating things that most people overlook: the often hidden beauty of nature, the value of tradition and their importance is our lives. We feel privileged to have some of his creations. "
Elena and Bogdan Vostov, in Sydney, Australia.
"Jonathan Yun has been a great friend and jewelry designer through all of this Covid craziness. Finding Jonathan was a rare treat. With my humble ideas he has added so much to each piece making them more than I could ever imagine. His use of colors and willingness to try new techniques makes him stand above the rest. I would highly recommend working with or purchasing any of his beautiful pieces. Jonathan’s customer service compares to no other."
Blythe Reed Texas,
"Our trips to Penang are never without visiting Jonathan's lovely shops, his will always be the first stop before checking in the hotel! He is an excellent consultant for gem and stone placements and has a gifted eye for colour coordination on jewellery and he never disappoints. We are always, always pleased with his services and have been his loyal customers for a very long time. We absolutely adore Jonathan's craftsmanship and how detailed and intricate he designs jewellery. Always creating unique pieces simply based off Malaysian heritage or nature, he sculpts ethereal beauty into his jewellery, from antique designs of the Nyonya brooch to the delicate wings of his butterfly earrings. The colour coordination of the gems' placements are as though one is wearing the palette of nature and splashes of a rainbow in the jewellery. It is truly a unique and prepossessing form of art he has created."
Hana, Arina and Anisa
Jonathan Yun is a jeweler/artist based in Penang, Malaysia. He graduated from RMIT Australia majoring in fine metals. He has won several international jewelry awards and had participated in various exhibitions. Nature has been one of his passions and he is a certified divemaster as well as a fern collector.
Jonathan works mainly in silver as he finds the soft patina of silver fascinating and alluring. He works from his studio where each piece of jewelry is painstakingly sculpted out in jewelers wax and then casted out in sterling silver. Then the piece is hand finished and polished to reflect its beauty.
His atelier is located in the Heritage enclave of Georgetown, Penang. Jonathan is presently making his presence felt in the fashion industry and won the Next Accessories Designer of the Year 2019 awarded by prof. Jimmy Choo at the Stylo/ Malaysian Fashion Week.