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Playful Abstract Statement Earrings From TSUNJA

Aug 11, 2020

by Sharon Steel

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You might not suspect that Jessica Jasmine, the one-woman force behind TSUNJA, didn’t wear jewelry until she began making it herself. But once the Singapore-based designer began experimenting with creating her own sculptural statement pieces to add dimension and fun to everyday outfits, she quickly fell in love—particularly with earrings, which are at the heart of the TSUNJA line. “Earrings are special because they’re so close to your face, and they’re the first thing people see,” Jessica explains, making them even more key to self-expression in our current world of video catch-ups and virtual fetes. “They’re definitely something that people use to show their personality.”

Explore the TSUNJA collection

Jessica’s chunky beaded hoops and face-framing, oversized danglers feature a gorgeous mix of hard and soft materials, organic shapes, and a distinctive color palette that effortlessly blends vivid primary hues with earthy pastels. The result? A contemporary collection of versatile pieces perfect for everyone from avant-garde accessorizers to those trying out a bolder look for the first time. “I always love seeing how my customers style my pieces,” Jessica says. “With colorful clothes, simple clothes, summer dresses—whatever the look, it always works!”

Read on to learn more about Jessica’s inspiration and her top picks for gifts, then shop the TSUNJA collection

A portrait of TSUNJA jewelry designer Jessica Jasmine in her Singapore studio.

How would you describe your aesthetic?

Very quirky and colorful. Before I made my own jewelry, I used to struggle with color. But once I started designing my own pieces and saw how interesting it is, it became easier for me to work with color and shapes. 

What are some of your best-selling pieces?

At the moment, it’s my abstract asymmetrical earrings, which were one of my very first designs. My customers really seem to love the bright-colored clay, which pairs well with simpler wardrobes. The Perla earrings, one of my latest designs, are also very popular. Even though they’re two very different styles, people often buy them both at the same time.

Have your customers still been wearing statement pieces even while staying at home more these days?

Yes, definitely! People crave dressing up, and earrings are the easiest way for people to show their style through video calls and virtual meetings. My jewelry is also very lightweight, which is extra important because it’s accessible and easy to wear.

Geometric abstract earrings from TSUNJA
SHOP: Geometric abstract earrings from TSUNJA, from $49
Jessica mixes and matches various colored clay beads to create fun, abstract designs.
Geometric abstract earrings from TSUNJA
SHOP: Geometric abstract earrings from TSUNJA, from $49
Jessica at her desk, cutting polymer clay to begin shaping new pieces.
Chunky moth earrings from TSUNJA
SHOP: Chunky moth earrings from TSUNJA, from $44
Steel blue rainbow earrings from TSUNJA
SHOP: Steel blue rainbow earrings from TSUNJA, from $43

Can you tell us more about the materials you use?

I feel lucky to work with clay. It’s very versatile, it comes in many colors, and you have freedom to create different shapes. I continue to try new things with different materials as I go, but I always center my work on clay. It truly allows me to realize my vision and also has very minimal waste. I work with every little bit of it, and rarely have to throw anything away. 

Where do you find your inspiration?

I’m very inspired by the Bauhaus movement, in particular the artist Oskar Schlemmer, who uses a lot of geometric shapes in his work. I enjoy looking through Instagram, and I also love taking inspiration from contemporary art, object design, architecture, and even furniture. I’m often drawn to textures first, then colors, then shapes. I think of my jewelry less as accessories and more like fun, wearable objects that allow my customers to experiment.

How does the concept of slow fashion play a role in your work?

Slow fashion is my guiding principle. People sometimes forget where things come from, and by centering my business around that ethos, it helps to ground what I do. I want people to be able to remember that things are made by someone’s hands, which I hope will make them appreciate the pieces even more.

Jessica making jewelry at her desk.
Hand wire earrings from TSUNJA
SHOP: Hand wire earrings from TSUNJA, from $43
Jessica bores holes into her clay pieces so she can add earring hooks.
Gold geometric rainbow earrings from TSUNJA
SHOP: Gold geometric rainbow earrings from TSUNJA, from $43
Jessica assembles an earring at her desk.
Beaded heart earrings from TSUNJA
SHOP: Beaded heart earrings from TSUNJA, $50
Marble abstract statement earrings from TSUNJA
SHOP: Marble abstract statement earrings from TSUNJA, from $41

Are there any designs that you think make a particularly nice choice for gifting?

My moth earrings, chunky mini earrings, and mini mobiles all make great gifts for anyone who wants something easy to wear during the weekdays! They’re quirky enough for those who love playful statement earrings and understated at the same time for those who prefer something simpler.

What do you love about what you do?

It’s really all about the freedom and the flexibility. Even if I work from morning until night, I still feel like I have flexibility to do other things on my own pace. The learning process is what I love most—the feeling that I’m still learning as I work and grow with my business. 

Organic white hoops from TSUNJA
SHOP: Organic white hoops from TSUNJA, $53
Jessica packing up an order and writing a thank you note to a customer.
Asymmetrical mobile statement earrings from TSUNJA
SHOP: Asymmetrical mobile statement earrings from TSUNJA, from $58
Colorful flat lay of assembled earring patterns before the hooks are added.
Perla drop earrings from TSUNJA
SHOP: Perla drop earrings from TSUNJA, from $44
Jessica's drawer of neatly organized clay beads.
A portrait of Jessica Jasmine in her studio.

So, what’s next for TSUNJA?

I used to focus on releasing collections, but over time I realized that was limiting. This year, I’m trying to have fun and experiment with different materials to create smaller batches and more styles. The center of my work is still clay, but I’m especially interested in playing with hanging fringe beads. I want to keep creating earrings that are more mobile, and move along with you.

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Photographs courtesy of TSUNJA.

Shop TSUNJA

Moth Earrings in Pink - Abstract Quirky Chunky Earrings - Marble Geometric Earrings.
Moth Earrings in Pink - Abstract Quirky Chunky Earrings - Marble Geometric Earrings.
TSUNJA
$44.47 USD
Asymmetrical Colourful Earrings - Chunky Abstract Earrings - Abstract Geometric Polymer Clay Earrings - BOWIE EARRINGS in Green.
Asymmetrical Colourful Earrings - Chunky Abstract Earrings - Abstract Geometric Polymer Clay Earrings - BOWIE EARRINGS in Green.
TSUNJA
$53.67 USD
Chunky Statement Earrings with Abstract Geometric Shapes - Short Quirky Polymer Clay Earrings - Mustard Earrings - MINI OOK EARRINGS.
Chunky Statement Earrings with Abstract Geometric Shapes - Short Quirky Polymer Clay Earrings - Mustard Earrings - MINI OOK EARRINGS.
TSUNJA
$41.40 USD
Minimalist Statement Earrings, Asymmetrical Earrings with Abstract Geometric Shapes, Polymer Clay Dangle Drop Earrings
Minimalist Statement Earrings, Asymmetrical Earrings with Abstract Geometric Shapes, Polymer Clay Dangle Drop Earrings
TSUNJA
$53.67 USD
Asymmetrical Statement Earrings - Chunky Abstract Dangle Drop Earrings - Geometric Shapes Polymer Clay Earrings - BOWIE EARRINGS in Blue
Asymmetrical Statement Earrings - Chunky Abstract Dangle Drop Earrings - Geometric Shapes Polymer Clay Earrings - BOWIE EARRINGS in Blue
TSUNJA
$53.67 USD
Geometric Abstract Earrings - Arc Shaped Earrings - Bauhaus Inspired Earrings - Rainbow Shaped Earrings - MACHA EARRINGS in Orange.
Geometric Abstract Earrings - Arc Shaped Earrings - Bauhaus Inspired Earrings - Rainbow Shaped Earrings - MACHA EARRINGS in Orange.
TSUNJA
$49.07 USD
Asymmetrical Statement Earrings - Chunky Abstract Earrings - Geometric Shapes Earrings - Polymer Clay Earrings - BOWIE EARRINGS in Green.
Asymmetrical Statement Earrings - Chunky Abstract Earrings - Geometric Shapes Earrings - Polymer Clay Earrings - BOWIE EARRINGS in Green.
TSUNJA
$53.67 USD
Semi Circle Geometric Earrings - Rainbow Shaped Earrings - Contemporary Jewellery - Abstract Earrings - MOBY Earrings in Salmon Pink.
Semi Circle Geometric Earrings - Rainbow Shaped Earrings - Contemporary Jewellery - Abstract Earrings - MOBY Earrings in Salmon Pink.
TSUNJA
$42.93 USD
Double Arc Earrings - Marble Earrings - BILLY EARRINGS
Double Arc Earrings - Marble Earrings - BILLY EARRINGS
TSUNJA
$41.40 USD
Organic Minimalist Statement Earrings, Dali Inspired Earrings.
Organic Minimalist Statement Earrings, Dali Inspired Earrings.
TSUNJA
$53.67 USD
Arc Shaped Polymer Clay Earrings - Abstract Statement Earrings - Marble Earrings - BILLY EARRINGS.
Arc Shaped Polymer Clay Earrings - Abstract Statement Earrings - Marble Earrings - BILLY EARRINGS.
TSUNJA
$41.40 USD
Moth Earrings in Marble White - Minimalist Abstract Quirky Chunky Earrings - Marble Geometric Earrings.
Moth Earrings in Marble White - Minimalist Abstract Quirky Chunky Earrings - Marble Geometric Earrings.
TSUNJA
$44.47 USD

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