Jungwha Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. While attending college, she studied the liberal arts specialized in history. Her journey to become a jewelry artist started in 2007 when she moved to Southern California and started taking jewelry classes at Long Beach City College. Recently, she expanded her horizon to fashion jewelry by starting her own company Bijou by Jue.
“My current works are focused on exploring color on the surface of the metal using enameling and powder coating techniques, and incorporating found/recycled objects to create a body of work called Refurbished. Jewelry has an intimate relationship with the word ‘value.’ Traditionally, the value of jewelry is produced by its physical preciousness, which could be an asset. In this body of work, a functioning banal objects, such as plumbing pipe and candy dish, go under the deliberate process of deconstruction. Subsequently, the objects no longer serve its purpose; however, they are transformed into a new format, jewelry, and converted to serve a different purpose, adornment. By the process of deconstruction, transformation and conversion of a functioning object, a piece of jewelry is shaped and the value of jewelry is newly found”.