Researching jewelry awakened an interest in designing it, and Hu learned the basics of making pieces. After stints at Christie’s, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston, she founded Anna Hu Joaillerie in 2008. Today her colorful pieces are worn by celebrities and sold worldwide.
Hu’s jewelry unites a variety of influences, including art nouveau, art deco, and traditional Chinese motifs. A ring and bracelet set she made in collaboration with artist Cindy Sherman reflects themes frequently explored in her work: nature, balance, duality. But her first love, music, continues to inspire her creative process. “I am a composer of jewelry,” she says, “creating my own harmonies with precious stones.”