Hur Jewelry is designed and handmade in NYC by designer Michelle Hur. A native Wisconsinite and Korean-American, Michelle holds a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from RISD. Her accessories are small-scale production based, inspired by hardware and manipulated in unexpected ways.
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Hi Michelle, please introduce yourself and how you got started?
I’m originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin – the good old Midwest. Went to school at Rhode Island School of Design majoring in jewelry & metalsmithing and have been in NYC for the past couple years now. I first worked for a year in the costume jewelry industry and realized I wanted to focus more on art/craft and “made in America” so I decided to focus more on my own studio work where I now create small-scale production pieces as well as one of a kind works by hand.
Where do you live and work now?
I have been in NYC for over two years now. I love what the city has to offer in terms of diversity and number of things to do and places to see and eat at, all in very close proximity.
Explain the story behind the name; how and why you chose it.
The name, “Hur Jewelry” originates from my last name Hur and it also serves as a pun for jewelry for her, for woman. However, the overall style and image of Hur Jewelry is mostly genderless and industrial inspired so less feminine, but still mostly for young women who like contemporary art jewelry.
How do you stay grounded and relaxed? What are your more personal pursuits and hobbies when given the time?
I like stumbling upon new places and parts of the city, even if it means walking around the same block but stepping into a store/cafe I haven’t been inside of, going to museums/galleries occasionally, and window shopping. I also like trying new bites to eat, exercising when I can (mostly by walking around in the city), and once in a while reading a book on the bus/subway.
What is one question you wish people asked you more often?
Perhaps my favorite color! Everyone who knows me knows that my favorite color is most definitely yellow – all kinds of yellow in the spectrum from mustard to citrine. It’s a fun happy color that maybe most people are afraid to wear or like! Plus, it’s the other color of the best football team in America, the Green Bay Packers of course ;) Go Cheeseheads!
We love meeting over coffee at Young & Able. What's your favorite local café?
I’d have to say Stumptown on 29th Street off Broadway.
Your favorite emerging designer (aside from yourself!) right now:
Let’s go with Wing Yau of WWake Jewelry, a fellow RISD alum, killing it with her delicate, opal fine jewelry!