The arts have always been a central theme throughout Yen’s life. Being the daughter of a world-renowned watercolorist has influenced the way she sees the world. After visiting countless art museums and galleries, she recalls the joys of peering into the glass cases to admire the jewelry inside.
After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Psychology (with thoughts of becoming a dentist), Yen later chose another path, and received a B.S. in Interior Design from the University of Minnesota. Her desire to create jewelry transpired after taking classes from jewelry instructor Cynthia Amendt. It is here that she learned the fundamentals of metal-smithing and fell in love with the relationship of form and metal with the human body. It was the ability to create unique, individual pieces that fit her personal style and taste that drew her in.
After working at various architecture firms as an interior designer for nearly a decade, Yen decided to expand her scope of design on a smaller scale, seeing jewelry as miniature sculptures. “It’s quite special knowing that what you’re designing is used to adorn something so uniquely personal. Jewelry is such a beautiful way to express and enhance oneself not only on the outside, but from deep within.” Yen Chee Design launched after Yen decided to follow her passion for designing jewelry on a full-time basis. “I’m grateful for how the stars aligned because I absolutely love what I do. I have found my passion and bliss, and to me that is absolutely priceless.”