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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$612.00
 
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.
  • $650.00
     
    Add a lovely pop of color to your looks with these WWAKE studs. Marquise opals are prong set asymmetrically in yellow gold large circles.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Opal measures 3/8-in. long.
  • Earrings measure 9/16-in. diameter.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $922.00
     
    This brilliant stacking ring from WWAKE showcases a bias design detailed with bright natural opals and a sparkling white diamond.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and diamond.
  • Finished on a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $358.00
     
    A lovely pop of color, these circle studs from WWAKE showcase large prong set opals.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Earrings measure 5/16-in. in diameter.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $1,090.00
     
    A gorgeous design set with spontaneous sparkle, these stud earrings from WWAKE are perfect for everyday! Interlocking gold circles are accented with bright opal and diamond accents.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and white diamonds.
  • Measures 13/16-in long.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $675.00
     
    This striking ring features a pale blue sapphire and brilliant white diamond offset by an iridescent moonstone. Each stone floats on the edge of an elegant gold band. Inspired by dance, this piece has an abstract, playful look.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in sapphire, diamond and moonstone.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $320.00 Available by Special Order
     
    These delicate studs unite vibrant color with simple sophistication creating the perfect everyday earring. Detailed by hand from WWAKE, these tiny bars are finished with a green emerald on one end.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in emerald.
  • Measures 1/2-in. long.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $434.00
     
    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.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $565.00
     
    Stack to your hearts content with this standout ring from WWAKE! This thin ring features 3 tiny prong set opals accompanied by dazzling white diamond. The perfect addition with your daily stack.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamonds.
  • Diamond totals 0.03 carats.
  • Finished on a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $281.00
     
    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.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $690.00 - $794.00
     
    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.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $520.00
     
    This dainty stacking ring from WWAKE showcases 3 tiny prong set opals accompanied by one large emerald. 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 emerald.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $355.00
     
    These dainty studs from WWAKE are handmade and feature a crooked fold shape. We just love their simplicity and intricate detail that can be found in the texture of the gold.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Measures 1/4-in. across.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $460.00
     
    These dainty studs have simple elegance. Detailed by hand from WWAKE, these tiny bars showcase one end finished with a tiny opal and the other with a brilliant diamond.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and diamond.
  • Measures 1/2-in. long.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $355.00
     
    These dainty studs from WWAKE are handmade and feature a curved echo shape. We just love their simplicity and intricate detail that can be found in the texture of the gold.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Measures 1/4-in. across.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $430.00 - $440.00
     
    This delicate stacking ring from WWAKE features a small, sloped arc with a single, prong set opal. The perfect addition with your daily stack.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $410.00
     
    This dainty ring from WWAKE is perfect for stacking. The ring is made by hand with an opal in the suspended arc.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Finished with a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $2,080.00
     
    This organic gold WWAKE medallion is accented with a white diamond baguette and round white diamonds. The small medallion is suspended on a simple gold chain.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in white diamonds.
  • White Diamond Baguette measures 4x2mm.
  • Round 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.
  • 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.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $525.00
     
    These chic studs from WWAKE have simple elegance. The classic three-step design showcases bright opals and brilliant white diamonds.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and diamond.
  • Measure 5/16-in. long.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $395.00
     
    These WWAKE earrings showcase prong set bold opals that rest on the the top of a bright tanzanite drop. Perfect for everyday wear.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and tanzanite.
  • Measures 5/8-in. long.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $355.00
     
    This thin WWAKE open ring features two soft blue opals at each point of the open center. 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.
  • $375.00
     
    These WWAKE earrings showcase two pale blue sapphires nestled in a simple setting on gold posts, appearing to float on your ear.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in sapphires.
  • Measure 3/16-in. long.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $433.00
     
    Crafted by hand, these dainty and delicate earrings from WWAKE will enhance your everyday looks. These tiny stud earrings feature prong set emerald posts followed by tiny emerald drops. They are attached by delicate chaining.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in emerald.
  • Measures 3/8-in. long.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $765.00 Available by Special Order
     
    Three floating stones, give a sense of movement to this playful WWAKE necklace. This intricately crafted necklace features a large opal placed asymmetrically between a blue sapphire and white diamond.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal, sapphire and diamond.
  • Necklace measures 16-in. long.
  • Finished with a spring ring clasp.
  • $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.
  • $595.00
     
    This dainty stacking ring from jewelry designer WWAKE features a vivid opal and diamond that have a slight crossover. The ring looks lovely stacked or worn alone.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal and diamond.
  • Finished on a thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $295.00
     
    This dainty stacking ring from WWAKE features a single, tiny prong set opal that is slightly extended below a thin band. The simplicity and daintiness of this ring allows endless stacking possibilities.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in opal.
  • Finished on thin gold band.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
  • $365.00
     
    These geometric stud earrings from WWAKE showcase open triangles with single prong set diamond accents.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamonds.
  • Measure 1/4-in. long.
  • Posted.
  • Earring backs are 10-karat yellow gold.
  • Handcrafted in New York City, New York.
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