Edward Xú is a jewellery designer, recently shortlisted as Jewellery Designer of the Year by the Professional Jewellery Awards, and Emerging Jewellery Designer of the Year by the UK Jewellery Awards. He is a three-time winner of a Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Award and was selected for Getting Started Spotlighting at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in 2022. Edward’s work is frequently featured in jewellery, fashion and luxury publications and is worn by British singer Becky Hills.
He graduated from Central Saint Martins, London, in 2011 and went on to work as a jewellery designer for Solange Azagury-Partridge and Tateossian, as well as undertaking projects for luxury brands, including Ermenegildo Zegna, Canali, Cartier, and Swarovski. Edward recently completed an MA in luxury brand management at the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom, achieving a distinction. His interest in jewellery started at a young age while he was still living in China. He became passionate about fine-crafted objects whilst visiting antique markets in Canton. From decorative porcelain vases in the Tianguang Market to carved gemstone jewellery from Les Puces, Paris, and intricate metal and wooden jewellery boxes found in a Hackney flee market, appreciating these beautiful antiques throughout Edward’s life helped him find his vocation.
Edward Xú’s Iper Collection started with a bespoke yellow diamond ring design. The diamond was named Yellow Hyper-Giant HR5171 after the brightest and largest yellow star ever known. His client, who is Italian, adored the final design. ‘Iper’ means ‘Hyper’ in Italian, hence the collection name.
Inspired by the galaxy, Edward illustrates a star-filled universe in a style that draws from Cubist and Art Deco designs. He particularly admires how artist Fernand Léger captivated his audience in a dynamic, abstract world comprised solely of primary colours and curved and straight lines.
These ideas, combined with a retro gaming reference to Tetris, contrive many hidden design features within the Iper Collection. For example, if you break the Chichi Ring apart, it is comprised of 17 Cubist-coloured Tetris blocks and the silhouette of the Alexi Ring is inspired by light refraction.