Established in 2015, H.SSHONE is a jewelry brand founded by twin sisters Evie Huang and Angie Huang. As long-time residents of Shanghai, the two sisters noticed the younger generation had a renewed interest in shiny stones and treasured metals. Working with a local jewel maker who specializes in Italian crafting techniques, their creations borrow from images of ancient European figures, icons, and emblems. Recently, we talked to the two sisters to learn more about their creative process and approach to jewel making.
Neocha: First of all, what’s the meaning behind the name H.SSHONE?
H.SSHONE: The H.S in our brand name comes from the abbreviation of our Chinese names – Shitong Huang and Shiying Huang. The “shone” is the past tense of shine, which of course is related to the bright resplendence of jewelry. But besides that, our use of the past tense alludes to the historical aspects of jewelry, which spans thousands of years. Our brand name is a combination of these elements.
H.SSHONE: H.SSHONE中的 “H.S” 来自于我们两个名字的黄诗盈和黄诗彤的缩写。”Shone“是”shine“的过去式，当然就是代表闪耀的珠宝，至于为什么用过去式，是想隐喻珠宝长远的历史文化。H.SSHONE正是由这几个元素组成的。
Neocha: Who do you envision wearing your jewelry?
H.SSHONE: Our collection aims to be chic, full of attitude, and approachable for both genders. We wants our jewelry to be a part of people’s lifestyles, easily able to be worn on a day-to-day basis . Generally, our customers have vibrant personalities and possess their own unique style.
Neocha: For the first two collections, the two of you were greatly inspired by Egyptian and European aesthetics. Where did the inspiration come from for your latest collection?
H.SSHONE: The new collection, “Tomber Amoureux,” is actually inspired by everyday life. It originates from our love of life and all the beauties to be discovered in it. The collection is a combination of our observations and feelings.
H.SSHONE: 新的一季“Tomber Amoureux”的珠宝的设计灵感实际上就是来自日常生活。它源于我们对生活的观察及感受。它是有关我们对生活的热情，以及生活中的隐藏之美的。
Neocha: Living in Shanghai, how has this city influenced your style and jewelry designs?
H.SSHONE: The city itself is magical and filled with charm. There’s a lot of cultural exchange and so many different forms of artistic expression. This dynamic is endlessly inspiring. Also, the people who live in Shanghai have great taste and they’re constantly looking for ways to improve their standards of living.
Neocha: Where do you see H.SSHONE heading in the future?
H.SSHONE: We hope our jewelry can reflect the personality of the wearer. Each design is actually quite consistent with our personal style; they’re minimal, but carry a sense of elegance and power. We very much hope that whether you’re a man or a woman, you can take our jewelry, find their own interpretation of it, and use it to express themselves in a unique way. We want our customers to not only feel satisfied by our designs; we want the spirit of our products to help them voice their identity.