Jie (Jieyi) Sun

Research project: Aesthetic of Immanence of Contemporary Jewellery in Virtual World


Nowadays, the rise of digital technologies influences our lifestyle choices by promoting new consumption, which is reflected in the new forms of virtual body adornment and other virtual artefacts. This research project is exploring the potential real value of virtual jewellery. 

`Initial Definition of Virtual Jewellery: Virtual jewellery can be defined as "environmental immersion experience jewellery": VR-related technologies usually achieve environment rendering by combining with the narrative background. In between, the relationship between jewellery and technology can refer to several model examples: Narrative virtual environment - (Symbiosis) - Jewellery experience; Virtual environment - (Symbiosis) - Narrative jewellery.´ (SUN, 2022)

  • Research degree: Practice-based PhD
  • Title of project: Aesthetic of Immanence of Contemporary Jewellery in Virtual World
  • Research supervisor: Dr Sylvia Tzvetanova Yung
  • Other research supervisor: Dr María Mencía


I am a contemporary jewellery artist-researcher and multidisciplinary maker, whose artist name was known as Jieyi Sun. Exploring through my professional jewellery´s study journey from the year 2008 to 2024, I keep achieving my value-seeking, personal cultivation, and interdisciplinary creativity. 

My artworks are based on my experiential life, placing the self in the social-cultural context to be investigated, and thus obtain the inner-outer connection of "dialogue", meanwhile, exploring the value of art and survival, whose artworks reflected the philosophical consideration and future foresight.

Areas of research interest

  • multidisciplinary
  • interdisciplinary
  • contemporary jewellery(Art)
  • fashion artifact
  • contemporary curation
  • performance
  • Virtual Art


  • Diplom´s degree in Jewellery and Hollowware, Munich Academy of Fine Arts, Germany
  • Master´s degree in Fashion System Design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Bachelor´s degree in Jewellery, Centre Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing, China
  • Certificate of study in a workshop: `Quality and Peer Reviews´ in postdoc centre of Cambridge University, certified by Sense about Science, London, UK
  • Certificate of completed studies in creative workshops: methods of jewellery art, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Certificate of an italian language in B1-B2 level, Università per Stranieri di Siena, Toskana, Italy

Funding or awards received

  • 2019, MARZZE contemporary jewellery gallery, International Graduation Awards and Exhibition Selection, Netherlands
  • 2018, Gioielli in Fermento, Awards and Exhibition Selection, Italy
  • 2017, The 27th Auction: a piece of art jewellery gained an award-level prices at auction in jewellery section, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany
  • 2012 - 2014, SILVER Scholarship of Politecnico di Milano, school of design, Italy
  • 2012 - 2014, Government grants for university studies, Milan, Italy
  • 2009, Third Prize in "I DO" CAFA Diamond Design Competition sponsored by HIERSUN Jewellery Co.


Publication as Author:

SUN, J. (2022) Virtual Jewellery, Klimt02.net, Online Article, https://klimt02.net/forum/articles/virtual-jewellery-jieyi-sun

Publication as Artist:       

2020   " The Devil's Eye ", Chinese Contemporary Jewellery Design, Bifei Cao (editor), Shannon Guo (foreword), Schiffer Publishing

2019   " SO MINT! System-Awakening No.0-No.30 ", CurrentObsession magazine

2018   " 21 Gram " Hangzhou Contemporary International Jewellery and Metal Art Triennial Exhibition, " 21 Gram " groups exhibition in Eueropean countries:  Galerie Handwerk(Munich, Germany), BeCraft (Mons, Belgium), Coda Museum (Apeldoorn, Netherlands), China Academy of Fine Arts (CAA) publishing

2014   "Jewellery is the extension of behaviour", ILOOK Magazine 

Conference papers

SUN, J. BERNABEI, R. (2022) Aesthetics of immanence in the digital world, proceedings of DRS Festival of Emergence,