About Chi Cheng Lee
Dreaming of unique forms in metal and stones is an enduring part of Chi’s creative process. Jewelry design and fabrication represents her inner passion.
Inspired by Donna Karan, a fellow Parsons School of Design alumna who revolutionized wearable fashion in the 1980's, Chi strives to create contemporary jewelry that exude simple elegance, while possessing twists of spontaneity and drama that anyone can wear on any day, at anytime.
Chi's design sensibilities are deeply rooted in the natural beauty of the ocean and mountains that surround her studio-in-the-woods in West Vancouver, from where she has been dispatching small packets of joy to her customers for the past 20 years.
Chi grew up in New York City as a member of a family that included an award-winning father who painted Chinese watercolors on silk and a sister who indulged in abstract painting.
Her professional career includes an inspiring 15 years at 5th Avenue luxury house and “Jeweler to the Stars” Harry Winston, Inc., where Chi created custom jewelry lines for major Asian retailers and was also Managing Director for the company’s China operations.
Chi is GIA-certified in diamonds and colored stones. She previously served on the Board of the Craft Council of BC and is a member of the Circle Craft Cooperative of British Columbia. Her jewelry is sold in numerous stores and galleries throughout Canada and the United States and much loved by customers all over the world.
Locally, Chi also undertakes jewelry “repurposing” commissions, in which her clients bring their heirloom jewelry treasures to be rejuvenated and re-interpreted in her unique contemporary style. She thoroughly enjoys participating in every one of these journeys that serve to unite family and friends through different generations and help to preserve a continuing appreciation for hand-made jewelry.