EGO Art Jewelry

EGO Art Jewelry

Written by: Abi Koh  |  Photography by: Judy Suh

 

EGO Art Jewelry is a partnership between Chicago-based Judy Suh and her aunt Miwha Oh, who resides in Seoul, South Korea. EGO features a special selection of handmade work by Miwha, a metal artist. Judy, aged 23, handles the marketing and business aspects of EGO.

 
 Leaf bracelet

Leaf bracelet

 Close-up of Leaf bracelet

Close-up of Leaf bracelet

 

In her signature body of work, Miwha takes raw and primitive aesthetics, then refines them into a more modern look. EGO carries a limited selection of pieces from her broader range of work. The selection tends to exhibit a strong yet delicate, geometric, and minimalist vibe that suits women of all ages. Some of the pieces, such as the rings, are unisex and can be worn by men as well.  

 
 Cross Pearl necklace

Cross Pearl necklace

 Rough Circle necklace

Rough Circle necklace

 

EGO is a new venture, having launched only this past November. Judy is running EGO on top of her full-time job. Since she doesn't have to make a living from this, she can have more fun growing the business without feeling pressured.

 
 
 Co-Founder Judy Suh wearing the Triple Line necklace

Co-Founder Judy Suh wearing the Triple Line necklace

 
 

The process of starting an online business hasn't always been easy, however. Judy was originally unfamiliar with the jewelry industry and lacked connections in this field. Another challenge has been cultivating a consumer base. "I'm starting small, just telling the people around me using social media . . . but I'm still learning how to put it out there more." Nailing the packaging style is also imperative, as Judy believes it needs to match the aesthetic of the jewelry.

 
 Scandinavian Lighting necklace

Scandinavian Lighting necklace

 Curve+Straight Head ring

Curve+Straight Head ring

 Thru-Hoop necklace

Thru-Hoop necklace

 

Although this is Judy's first foray into the jewelry industry, her aunt Miwha has been creating metal art for years. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Parsons The New School of Design and Masters at the Cranbook Academy of Art. Her love of art led her to Harvard University, where she continued her studies and focused on Museum Studies. Armed with bountiful knowledge and years of experience, Miwha moved to Seoul and now owns her own gallery, Gallery O. Gallery O features many other jewelry artists' works from around the world. EGO's name actually derives from the gallery's name as it stands for E-Gallery O.

 
 Miwha Oh working on a ring in her studio in Seoul

Miwha Oh working on a ring in her studio in Seoul

 Assortment of jewelry

Assortment of jewelry

 

When asked if she had any words of advice for young, aspiring female entrepreneurs, Judy said, "I think the essential thing is finding something that intrigues you." The process would then be more enjoyable, especially since a business is something that will take up a lot of time.

 
 Double-loop ring

Double-loop ring

 Close-up of the Double-loop ring

Close-up of the Double-loop ring

 

To learn more about Miwha's creative process, you can view the following mini documentary below. Judy shot it back in 2013 as part of her documentary series called Creatives Around Me.

 
 
 
 

You can learn more about EGO and purchase their products at the following links:

Website | egoartjewelry.com
Etsy | etsy.com/shop/EgoArtJewelry
Instagram | instagram.com/ego.artjewelry

 
 Slant+Pearl ring

Slant+Pearl ring

 

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