my little secret

Relationships linking us together in an emotional sense are referred to as bonds.  Bonds are commonly formed between people, and are generally positive, but there are variations. Through a piece that I created, I have chosen to explore the bonds of addiction.
All of us, at some point, have had an unhealthy craving for something we can’t get enough of, no matter how hard we try. Among the more usual addictions we are bound to are things food and smoking, but we can equally be addicted to thrills, or to things we can’t really define.
The piece I made is a literal representation of drug addiction through the form of a medication capsule. Upon closer examination, however, one section of the capsule reveals a yellow gem, and inside it glows a red one. I am addicted to the secret deep inside.
CAPSULE DIRECTIONS: Dwell, nurture, worry, anticipate, finger, swallow. Repeat.
I stonecut the citrus gemstone found inside the capsule myself.
The pendant can be worn either as a closed or open capsule.
Young Kyoung Ko

If you are looking for me at a holiday exhibition

This year I am happy to be participating in the 23rd Contemporary Canadian Jewellery Exhibition again at Lafreniere and Pai Gallery in Ottawa. The gallery has been very supportive of my somewhat unconventional style of jewellery since I finished my program at NSCAD, and I am always excited to send them new work.
My friend Kate also helped me shoot some new photos, which are lovely! I am happy to have a photographer friend to help out. Here are the great results! Enjoy!


A Fun Sunday Afternoon @ Jewel Envy

So in this afternoon, I started to make my own
sterling silver ingot wire. It’s a good practice and we don’t waste any metal, especially its cost has been growing higher and higher. Here are some essential equipment we need: ingot mold, oil, crucible, a pair of welding glasses and metal! Once you have all of  these, you are all set! Now, we are ready to cast. After the rod is cast, we can either roll it down through rolling mill or hammering. When it’s rolled, it will become like a square. What are we going to do? we want round not square!! It’s alright, don’t panic.
 We use draw plate to pull the wire, then it will become round eventually. We need to repeat the process for a few times in order to get our final result.


This is a recent custom order piece from a lovely girlfriend, Tina Lin. She has always been creating a piece of meaningful jewellery for her best sister, friend and herself. Finally, we have it worked out. I hope you will like it 🙂


 ChiaChien Tsai

Preparing for Bond

This is my first week as a Jewel Envy jeweller–and my first blog! It has also been my first time entering a juried show. Bond which runs at Zilberschmuck from Nov. 29 to Dec. 24 had many of us in the studio exploring our own interpretation of what “bond” means to us. The results are as remarkable and varied as the artists. The pieces will be judged on Tues. Nov. 9–good luck to everyone! My own piece explores the bonds that make up the three most common molecules in the human body–water, lipids, and proteins–and the bond between this (what we are) and who we are. While I have been the lucky recipient of so much encouragement and wisdom from the other jewellers, this is the first time I have experienced it in the high energy, stressful situation of getting ready for a show. I cannot thank everyone enough–every gasp or groan seem to send someone running to help! Being in such a cooperative space is incalculably enriching and invaluable. Thank you so much.

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