WWAKE Bio

Designer WWAKE

WWAKE

Wing Yau is a New York-based designer born in the Pacific Northwest. Hailing from a background in sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design and a childhood in Peru and Papua New Guinea, Wing's interest lay within both art and indigenous crafts. Following the belief that an art object resonates with the voice of its artist, Wing fell into making jewelry - attracted to the inherent life that heirlooms carry forever. After creating a series of necklaces based on textile sculptures, she developed WWAKE in 2012 with the intention of merging art with the intimacy of jewelry.

Inspired by the tradition of art breaking with convention, WWAKE offers new perspectives on heirloom jewelry, distinguished by minimal forms and marked by meaningful detail, signature contour shapes, unexpectedly light stone arrangements, and other-worldly stones. All WWAKE jewelry is crafted in New York with the finest quality materials and ethically sourced stones.

In 2014, WWAKE was awarded the Racked Young Guns Award and was chosen to participate in the Design Entrepreneurs New York City class of 2014.

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$4,300.00
 
A luxe new layering piece from WWAKE. This captivating chain has a pressed herringbone design that gives the chain a liquid gold look.
  • Handcrafted in 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Necklace measures 3/8-in. wide.
  • Necklace measures 18-in. long.
This necklace is extremely delicate and should be handled with extra care. When not being worn, we strongly recommend keeping the chain laid flat and stored in a safe and sturdy box / the packaging we provide. 

This chain cannot be repaired, it's important not to twist or bend it. It is not flexible and can permanently dent or tear. Please do not add any pendants to the chain.
$875.00
 
A stunning stacking ring from WWAKE! This fine ring showcases a nestled moonstone that is accented with white diamonds.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in moonstone and diamonds.
  • Moonstone measures 7x5mm.
  • Diamonds measure 1.5mm.
  • Ring measures 3/8-in. tall.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • $1,630.00
     
    This organic gold WWAKE medallion is accented with a blue sapphire baguette and round blue sapphires. The small medallion is suspended on a simple gold chain.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in blue sapphire.
  • Blue Sapphire Baguette measures 4x2mm.
  • Round Blue Sapphires measure 1.5mm.
  • Pendant measures 9/16-in. in diameter.
  • Necklace adjusts from 16-in. to 18-in. long.
  • Finished with a spring ring clasp.
  • $1,600.00
     
    This stunning WWAKE ring features a tilted round opal with brilliant color. The opal center is surrounded by dazzling diamonds that scatter across the ring.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamond and opal.
  • Opal measures 6mm.
  • Diamonds measure 2mm, 1.mm and 1mm.
  • Ring measures 3/16-in. tall.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • $1,050.00
     
    A luxe new layering piece from WWAKE. This captivating chain has a pressed herringbone design that gives the chain a liquid gold look.
    • Handcrafted in 10-karat yellow gold.
    • Detailed in opal.
    • Necklace measures 1/8-in. wide.
    • Necklace measures 18-in. long.
    • Finished with a lobster clasp.
    This necklace is extremely delicate and should be handled with extra care. When not being worn, we strongly recommend keeping the chain laid flat and stored in a safe and sturdy box / the packaging we provide. 

    This chain cannot be repaired, it's important not to twist or bend it. It is not flexible and can permanently dent or tear. Please do not add any pendants to the chain.
    $2,650.00
     
    This organic gold WWAKE spinning medallion is accented with a blue sapphire baguette and round blue sapphires. The back of the medallion is detailed in opal. The bright medallion is perfect for layering.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in blue sapphire and opal.
  • Blue Sapphire Baguette measures 4x2mm.
  • Round Blue Sapphires measure 2mm and 1.5mm.
  • Opal measures 2mm.
  • Pendant measures 3/4-in. across and 1 11/16-in. long.
  • Necklace measures 30-in. long.
  • Finished with a spring ring clasp.
  • $1,500.00
     
    A modern twist on a classic design this bright WWAKE ring is perfect for stacking. The fine band showcases a white baguette diamond accented with three round white diamonds on a fine gold band.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamonds.
  • Baguette diamond measures 4x2mm.
  • Round diamonds measure 2mm and 1.5mm.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • $2,550.00
     
    This organic gold WWAKE spinning medallion is accented with a round opal and three white diamonds. The bright medallion is perfect for layering.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in white diamond and opal.
  • Opal measures 3mm.
  • Diamonds measure 2mm & 1.5mm.
  • Pendant measures 3/4-in. across and 1 11/16-in. long.
  • Necklace measures 30-in. long.
  • Finished with a spring ring clasp.
  • $995.00
     
    A luxe new layering piece from WWAKE. This captivating chain has a pressed herringbone design that gives the chain a liquid gold look.
    • Handcrafted in 10-karat yellow gold.
    • Detailed in opal.
    • Necklace measures 1/8-in. wide.
    • Necklace measures 16-in. long.
    • Finished with a lobster clasp.
    This necklace is extremely delicate and should be handled with extra care. When not being worn, we strongly recommend keeping the chain laid flat and stored in a safe and sturdy box / the packaging we provide. 

    This chain cannot be repaired, it's important not to twist or bend it. It is not flexible and can permanently dent or tear. Please do not add any pendants to the chain.
    $1,525.00
     
    This organic gold WWAKE medallion is accented with a round opal and white diamond accents. The small medallion is suspended on a simple gold chain.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and white diamond.
  • Opal measures 3mm.
  • White Diamonds measure 1.5mm.
  • Pendant measures 9/16-in. in diameter.
  • Necklace adjusts from 16-in. to 18-in. long.
  • Finished with a spring ring clasp.
  • $1,521.00
     
    This sleek WWAKE earring showcases marquise shaped opals and white topaz floating on a solid gold bar that tapers into light-weight wire. Wear this single as a bold statement or a pair with WWAKE's other bright earrings for a curious elegance.
    • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
    • Detailed in opal and white topaz.
    • 12mm x 3.25mm opal totals 0.53 carats.
    • 8mm x 4mm white topaz 0.65 carats.
    • Front Bar measures 1 1/2-in. long.
    • Back Bar measures 4-in. long.
    • Handcrafted in New York City, NY. 
    The Botany Collection draws from lush greens and sculptural forms found in nature— from plant life, to insects, to mineral formations.
    $3,900.00
     
    A luxe new layering piece from WWAKE. This captivating chain has a pressed herringbone design that gives the chain a liquid gold look.
    • Handcrafted in 10-karat yellow gold.
    • Detailed in opal.
    • Necklace measures 3/8-in. wide.
    • Necklace measures 16-in. long.
    This necklace is extremely delicate and should be handled with extra care. When not being worn, we strongly recommend keeping the chain laid flat and stored in a safe and sturdy box / the packaging we provide. 

    This chain cannot be repaired, it's important not to twist or bend it. It is not flexible and can permanently dent or tear. Please do not add any pendants to the chain.
    $524.00
     
    Detailed by hand, this thin stacking ring from WWAKE has the teensiest pop of color with two prong set opals perfect spaced and a single diamond that offers a touch of brilliance. This ring allows you to create your own one-of-a-kind stack and the possibilities are endless.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamond and opal.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • $880.00
     
    A captivating organic stacking ring! This beautiful WWAKE ring showcases an organic triangle formed from white rose cut diamonds and blue sapphires prong set along a thin gold band.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in blue sapphire and diamonds.
  • Finished on a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $597.00
     
    This stunning WWAKE ring features a green gradient from deep green to white tones. Three tourmalines and a white diamond are mounted in calculated, complementary sequence.
    • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
    • Detailed in Tourmaline and Diamond.
    • Tourmaline and diamond measures 2mm.
    • Diamond totals 0.03 carats (FG-SI).
    • Green and Blue Tourmaline totals 0.06 carats.
    • Light Blue Tourmaline totals 0.03 carats.
    • Finished with a fine gold band.
    • Handcrafted in New York City, NY. 
    The Botany Collection draws from lush greens and sculptural forms found in nature— from plant life, to insects, to mineral formations.
    $1,028.00
     
    This stunning WWAKE single marquise shaped opal floats on a solid gold bar that tapers into a light-weight wire.
    • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
    • Detailed in opal.
    • 12mm x 3.25mm opal totals 0.53 carats.
    • Front bar earring measures 1/2-in. long.
    • Back earring measures 3 1/2-in. long.
    • Handcrafted in New York City, NY.
    $494.00
     
    This WWAKE ring features two mirrored opal stones on a flat band for an unexpected, bold silhouette. Perfect for everyday wear.
    • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
    • Detailed in opals.
    • 2mm Opals total 0.06 carats.
    • Finished with a 2.5mm band. 
    • Handcrafted in New York City, NY. 
    The Botany Collection draws from lush greens and sculptural forms found in nature— from plant life, to insects, to mineral formations.
    $412.00
     
    This WWAKE stacking ring features a mirrored tourmaline and diamond that highlight a subtle, complementary contrast in color.
    • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
    • Detailed in tourmaline and diamond.
    • Diamond totals 0.03 (FG/SI).
    • Light Blue Tourmaline totals 0.03.
    • Finished with a 1.3mm gold band.
    The Botany Collection draws from lush greens and sculptural forms found in nature— from plant life, to insects, to mineral formations.
    $353.00
     
    This sweet WWAKE ring features two mirrored tourmalines that highlight complementary green tones. Stack this fine ring with WWAKE's other fine bands!
    • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
    • Detailed in green tourmaline.
    • Green and Blue Tourmaline totals 0.03 carats.
    • Light Blue Tourmaline totals 0.03 carats.
    • Tourmalines measure 2mm.
    • Finished with 1.3mm gold band.
    • Handcrafted in New York City, NY. 
    The Botany Collection draws from lush greens and sculptural forms found in nature— from plant life, to insects, to mineral formations.
    $350.00
     
    Another stunning stacking ring from WWAKE. This ring features an opal accented triangle that is finished on a thin gold band. Perfect for stacking and nestling into other rings in WWAKE's collection.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $445.00
     
    This dainty stacking ring from WWAKE is made by hand and features a tiny opal that rests on top of another nestled opal. It is set on a thin yellow gold band and looks lovely stacked or worn alone.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $375.00
     
    A unique pairing of mismatched studs from WWAKE that appear to float on the surface of the ear. One stud features an opal and white diamond and the other stud features and opal and black diamond.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamond and opal.
  • Measures 3/16-in. long.
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  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $380.00
     
    Crafted by hand, these dainty and delicate earrings from WWAKE will enhance your everyday looks. These tiny stud earrings feature prong set opal posts followed by tiny emerald drops. They are attached by delicate chaining.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and emerald.
  • Measures 3/8-in. long.
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  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $690.00
     
    This delicate ring stack from WWAKE features two WWAKE rings stacked together. The first ring features a natural opal, nestled in a small arc and topped with a prong set diamond framed perfectly by their wrapped triangle band.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and diamond.
  • Wrapped Triangle Band is 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $390.00
     
    This dainty stacking ring from WWAKE is made by hand and features a single nestled opal. It is set on a thin yellow gold band and looks lovely stacked or worn alone.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $405.00
     
    A gorgeous earring from WWAKE that will be a go-to in your collection! These studs feature radiant 2mm opals that are topped with dazzling white diamonds.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and diamond.
  • Diamonds total 0.06 carats.
  • Earrings measure 3/16-in. long.
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  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $525.00
     
    This bright stacking ring from WWAKE features 2 tiny prong set opals accompanied by a sparkling white diamond and a larger opal. It offers a lovely pop of color to your stack or looks great worn alone.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and diamond.
  • Diamond totals 0.03 carats.
  • Finished with a thin band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $380.00
     
    These WWAKE earrings showcase two pale pink sapphires nestled in a simple setting on gold posts, appearing to float on your ear.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in pink sapphires.
  • Measure 3/16-in. long.
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  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $655.00
     
    From WWAKE with a lovely pop of color, these studs are perfect for everyday. Round opals are prong set asymmetrically in open gold circles.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Measures 1/2-in. across
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  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $360.00
     
    These dainty studs have simple elegance. Detailed by hand from WWAKE, these tiny bars are finished with a tiny diamond on one end.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamond.
  • Diamonds total 0.06 carats.
  • Bar measures 1/2-in. long.
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  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $690.00
     
    Perfect for stacking, this ring from WWAKE features two prong set opals of different sizes on each end accented with four white pave diamonds. It is open in the center, allowing for endless stacking possibilities.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and pavé diamonds.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • $477.00
     
    This dainty stacking ring from WWAKE features a tiny diamond that rests on top of a nestled opal. It looks lovely stacked or worn alone.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and diamond.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $1,181.00
     
    A captivating organic stacking ring! This beautiful WWAKE ring showcases an organic triangle formed from white rose cut diamonds prong set along a thin gold band.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in white diamond.
  • Rose Cut Diamonds measure 2-3mm.
  • Round diamonds measure 1-1.5mm.
  • Finished on a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $445.00
     
    This gorgeous stacking ring from WWAKE is made by hand and features a tiny bone white opal atop a another nestled bone white opal. It is set on a thin yellow gold band and looks lovely stacked or worn alone.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in bone white opal.
  • Finished on a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $245.00
     
    These dainty studs have simple elegance. Detailed by hand from WWAKE, these tiny bars are finished with a tiny opal on one end.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Measures 1/2-in. long.
  • Posted.
  • $1,145.00
     
    This dainty stacking ring from WWAKE is made by hand and features a single nestled rose-cut diamond. It is set on a thin yellow gold band and looks lovely stacked or worn alone.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamond.
  • Diamonds total 0.14 carats.
  • Finished on a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $1,315.00
     
    This elegant WWAKE necklace features a blush tourmaline accented by pink sapphires, sunstones and a brilliant white diamond. Set on a sparkling gold chain, this asymmetrical arrangement creates the illusion of weightlessness.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in tourmaline, sapphires, sunstones and diamond.
  • Necklace measures 16-in. long.
  • Finished with a spring ring clasp.
  • $2,695.00
     
    This dainty stacking ring from WWAKE is made by hand and features a nestled sapphire that rests on top of a opal. It is set on a thin yellow gold band and looks lovely stacked or worn alone.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in sapphire and opal.
  • Finished on a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $340.00
     
    This thin gold open ring features a pink sapphire and sunstone set on opposite ends of the open center. Perfect for stacking and nestling into other rings in WWAKE's collection.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in sapphire and sunstone.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $290.00
     
    These darling studs from WWAKE are set by hand and feature two tiny opals paired perfectly together. They have a wonderful glow.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opals.
  • Measure a tiny 3/16-in. long.
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  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $903.00
     
    A simple, goes-with-everything ring from WWAKE. This staple ring features a tourmaline, pink sapphires and a white diamond that are prong set on a high polish thin gold band. Mix this feminine ring into your daily stack rotation!

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in tourmaline, pink sapphire and white diamond.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $631.00
     
    A simple, goes-with-everything ring from WWAKE. This staple ring features a sunstone, pink sapphires and a white diamond that are prong set on a high polish thin gold band. Mix this feminine ring into your daily stack rotation!

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in sunstone, pink sapphire and white diamond.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $480.00
     
    This delicate necklace from WWAKE is handmade and features a small arc with a single opal. Perfect for everyday wear and layering.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Pendant measure 1/2-in. across and 1/4-in. long.
  • Measures 16-in. long.
  • Finished with a spring ring clasp.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $254.00
     
    This delicate stacking ring from WWAKE is handmade and features a small arc with a single, tiny diamond. The perfect addition for your daily stack.

  • Handcrafted in 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamond.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $835.00
     
    Chic and elegant, this dazzling WWAKE necklace showcases a bias design detailed with bright blue opals and white diamonds. Perfect for everyday layering.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and diamond.
  • Pendant measures 7/16-in. across.
  • Necklace measures 16-in. long.
  • Finished with a spring ring clasp.
  • $690.00
     
    Simple yet stunningly elegant, this WWAKE stacking ring features four mirrored sapphires. Nestle this ring with WWAKE's other thin rings for a luscious stack.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in sapphire.
  • Finished with a thin gold band
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $505.00
     
    This subtle ring showcases bright sapphires seemingly floating atop the thin gold band. Perfect for nestling into WWAKE's other stunning stacking rings.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in sapphires.
  • Finished on a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $315.00
     
    This thin gold WWAKE open ring features one white diamond prong set in the center of the band. Perfect for stacking and nestling into other rings in WWAKE's collection.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamond.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
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