Susanna Tam’s original designs reflect the simple elegance of the natural world, combined with the gracefully arching lines of ancient calligraphy. Her focus on simplicity and detail gives her pieces a classical concerto appeal – where the focal point is compelling and uncluttered.
Handcrafted from sterling silver and accented with copper, brass and gemstones, Tam’s versatile jewelry is simple enough to be worn to work and yet remarkable enough to be worn with an evening gown. Each piece is a work of art meticulously crafted to provide a tasteful accent to any ensemble. Her pieces allow a woman’s natural beauty to take precedence, while still adding memorable detail to her completed look.
Tam’s pieces draw on timeless minimalist forms and classic shapes, but retain a contemporary allure. Every line, every splash of color and every metal pattern adds some necessary element to the design. The entire piece flows as effortlessly as the contours of a Japanese rock garden. Nothing is unbalanced or overdone.
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Tam’s work, that cannot be appreciated fully until one has seen her work in person, is the incredible attention to detail given to each and every piece. Nothing escapes her notice. From the design, to the metal work, to the selection of colors and gemstones, every step of the process is perfected before moving on. The result for the wearer is a level of quality that graces any occasion.
Tam’s work is stylishly refined, powerfully feminine, exquisitely crafted and completely original. She applies the skills of a craftsman and the discernment of an artist to create each splendid design. The exceptional beauty of nature simplified to its most elemental form, and then manifested into a unified expression of metal and stone, is the magic of Susanna Tam and SuStudio Jewelry.
The Interesting Start to Susanna Tam’s Passion:
Tam’s interest in jewelry started in the wake of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that affected northern California. Tam was living in San Francisco at the time attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
The day following the major earthquake Tam recalls that the streets were empty and all the businesses were closed due to damage. She was on her way to the Post Office to mail a letter when she noticed a lone street vendor selling handmade jewelry. She approached the vendor and asked her why she wasn’t at home. It turned out that San Francisco used a lottery system to determine which days individual street merchants could sell in order to rotate through vendors. This was this vendor’s day, so she decided to make use of it despite the tragedy.
Tam sympathized with the vendor and purchased a few simple sterling silver rings. When she got home she examined the rings more closely. The craftsmanship interested her and she became curious about how the pieces were made. As one can see from her work 25 years later, she has definitely figured it out!
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