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Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry - Making Magic in Metal

Lisa was inspired from an early age by mythology, fantasy literature, graphic novels and archaeology. These passions have played a huge part in her life, art and jewelry. Lisa had been working as an animation artist when in 2011 she decided to leave and study jewelry at a local jewelry school. “She could not ignore a deep-seated impulse to create objects of beauty with her own hands…She made the bold decision to leave entertainment to launch a new career in jewelry design and manufacturing.” www.lisakimfinejewelry.com


Chain Maille 'Armor' dress for Madonna 2006 Tour

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Costume for Selena Gomez.

After jewelry school she landed an internship with Michael Schmidt Studios to work on his fashion jewelry line. He has produced wardrobes and accessories for some of the world’s top stars and celebrities. After this, Lisa took her skills and went to work with Tony Swatton who is an acclaimed blacksmith and has made weapons, armor and wardrobe for all sorts of productions. It was at Tony’s door that she showed up in chainmaille and a helmet and he was the one who hired her on the spot to work on a project for Disney. These two extraordinary men have been a huge influence and inspiration on Lisa and her work.“What inspired me about these men was that their designs transformed women onstage. These costumes and accessories were a visual manifestation of a woman’s power.”

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Headpiece for Disney Hong Kong Exhibit  

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Suit of Armor for Ryce Son of Rome for Xbox

In 2012 she taught herself chasing and repousse and that same year founded a business and launched her first collection in 2014. From 2013 to 2014 her desire to further her skills and knowledge led to studying ancient metalsmithing techniques from European masters Valentin Yotkov and Davide Bigazzi.

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Muzo Emerald Necklace

Lisa who is based out of Los Angeles feels it is extremely important that all her jewelry is made by hand. There is an energy and power that passes from the maker to the piece which is a profoundly important aspect of the final piece. Hand fabrication and hand carved wax casting are the main processes employed on her work. On her website it states, “Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry is for strong women. Each piece reminds us to be bold and brave in the face of our challenges. The way heroes were in myth and legend.” It also states, “Every woman is the hero of her own story.” 

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Muzo Emerald Ring

Her handmade jewelry is in sterling and 18 yellow gold but can be created in other metals for custom work. She also uses colored gemstones such as opals and moonstones. The optical effects to these types of stones which our forefathers honored and felt emanated a power on their own also has an impact and significance on her jewelry. 

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 'Eye of the Beast' Moonstone Ring                                                          

Lisa sells her work both online and in stores. Retail craft shows and trunk shows have helped further her career and target the ultimate customers. Her goal has been to reach out to a niche audience focusing mostly on these specific potential clients. She understands that her work isn’t similar to anyone else’s and is created in a style not everyone gravitates to. Trends do not dictate her designs and she remains committed to transmitting her ideas about women through her distinct jewelry.

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Pyrite 'Sun' Medallion                                                                                 

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'Moon Claw' Moonstone Ring

For more information about Lisa Kim, vist her page on the CJDG website and her own website lisakimfinejewelry.com.  You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Written by Marlene Richey . Creative business services for creative businesses . 40 years wholesale/retail jewelry business experience . Writer . Consultant . Professor . Speaker . www.marlenerichey.com