About Yun Boutique

Based in New York, Yun Boutique handcrafts jewelry from semi-precious gemstones. Inspired by the divinely-imparted heritage of Chinese culture, Yun Boutique has been presented at New York Fashion Week.

Traditionally, China had been known as the Divine Land, reflecting Chinese people's deep belief in human-cosmic harmony.

At Yun Boutique, we continue this heritage through our practice of Falun Dafa, an ancient Chinese meditation practice. We believe that life is a journey of spiritual self-cultivation; of becoming our best original selves. 

We hope that when you wear a piece of Yun Boutique jewelry, you will share the eternal spirit of the Divine Land.

 

About The Logo

Yun means “cloud” in Chinese. In Chinese iconography and Yun Boutique’s designs, clouds represent the connection between humanity and the divine.

 

The Yun Boutique logo is a miniature representation of the Buddhist concept of the Ten Directional World. With its interlocking cloud patterns, flowers, and sense of eternal motion, it tries to capture the dynamism, plurality, and grandeur of the cosmos. It also communicates the ancient Chinese imperative to "return to the origin" — all feelings we wish to impart in every piece of art that you wear.

  

Artist Statement by Ariel Tian

I love handicrafts because each design is imbued with my soul, energy, and message. But in China, where I grew up, crafts weren’t considered decent work compared with business and government. Like most other kids, my dream was to study at a prestigious university. So though I loved crafts, I buried it in the bottom of my heart.

Ariel Tian, founder of Yun Boutique

 

When I was 16, I discovered a spiritual practice called Falun Dafa (Falun Gong). I felt that its teachings of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance were a powerful source of energy and peace. Just like craft, it brings my soul wonder and warmth, but at a totally different level.

But out of jealousy and misunderstanding, the Chinese regime decided to make Falun Dafa illegal in 1999. Hundreds of thousands have been tortured to death in the ongoing persecution. But living under information censorship, I didn’t know what was true and what was false. With a lot of confusion and fear, I buried this practice at the bottom of my heart, just as I had buried my favorite craft.

Later, I entered Peking University as a MBA student. In 2010, as an exchange student at New York University’s Stern Business School, I finally learned the truth about Falun Gong’s situation in China. I was heartbroken, but resolved to bring the spiritual practice back into my life.

I want to share with you the peace, beauty, and strength I have discovered within from my personal cultivation practice, and do so via my favorite language: handcrafted jewelry. Each piece of my jewelry is a piece of my soul, and represents the courage and dignity of faith.

Photo by Benny Zhang

 

Artist Statement by Annita Bao

Jewelry is an exquisite thing. Through a tiny vessel, it’s able to convey vast worlds of meaning. As a designer, every piece of jewelry is a little story. I use it to tell stories of the soul, and make it a container into which I can pour my own spiritual world. My process of creation is a process of internal cultivation. Before coming up with a new design, I meditate, opening myself to inspiration and wisdom. When I start to feel a resonance with nature, heaven and earth, and humanity, I can make works of art that touch and delight. 

Annita Bao, designer of Yun Boutique

My designs are inspired by my own process of internal cultivation in Falun Dafa, a Buddha-school meditation practice that I learned in my childhood as I fell in love with art. I began studying jewelry design in 2007, at a time when my family was going through intense pressure and persecution. Despite the pain and injustice, I was able to see for myself the transformative power and wisdom of China’s divine cultural traditions, and I learned to grow and transform my own work through the values of integrity, kindness, and fortitude.

Chinese culture is about understanding the essence and meaning of things, and this idea is reflected in my design. I think the only art that counts is the art that moves your heart. When I look upon a new piece, it’s only when I feel a resonance inside that I feel it’s a successful work. Handcrafted jewelry has to transmit meaning, belief, and ideas. I want to use it to express moral culture — to create things of true beauty that represent underlying structures of truth. If something is only beautiful on the surface, and has no meaning, then it’s empty.

In China, the earliest jewelry was deeply religious, incorporating Taoist and celestial motifs and iconography. What animated such work was an attempt to capture the essence of the world, and simultaneously a reverence for a truth that lies beyond it. The result of this striving created objects of sublime refinement. This is the process I wish to capture in my own creations.

 

Photo by Laure Fu