Q&A: Fei Liu

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Fei Liu was the first Chinese born student to attend the School of Jewellery, Birmingham, moving specifically from China to attend the historical jewellery school. Some twenty years later he is the founder of an eponymously named multi award winning jewellery brand of international repute. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A...

What’s your name, and what do you for a living?

My name is Fei Liu. I established my own brand, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery, which allows me to share my art through jewellery, and enjoy the perks of gem hunting.

How did you come to work in the jewellery industry?

It was meant to be!

How would you describe your work to someone who doesn’t know it?

Feminine, symbolic and refined. I try to design every jewellery from a 360 degree angle, so that the pieces looks beautiful from all angles. I like to put symbolism into my work that reflects the essence of a woman, so she can feel as beautiful wearing the piece, as the piece itself.

What is your creative process?

Inspiration is everywhere. As soon as I open my eyes I feel inspired, which is the foundation of my design. I have always said that design is a process, which means it normally takes me a while to develop from my inspiration to the final look, but that also means it can continually develope as the process is never-ending…..

Where do you love to shop?

I am a jeweller, so I find a lot of joy in gem hunting - like a kid in a sweet shop! The stones which I find have nothing to do with the price but rather the colour, shape, appearance and inclusions of the stone….

What is your inspiration?

Everyday life.

What piece of jewellery do you most treasure?

All the jewellery of mine are treasures to me, because they are all individual.

What piece of jewellery do you most desire?

I want to have a good emerald to add to my personal collection.

Is there a seminal book or a favourite read that you have?

‘Whatever you have is the best’ by a [Buddhist] Monk.

Is there a particular tune, song or soundtrack to your life?

I love Mariah Carey and George Michael.

If you could only be remembered for one thing in your working life, what would it be?

The jewellery communication work I have done between China and UK.

What would be your advice to someone starting out in the industry?

Expressing your inner feeling is important. As well as understanding the costumer and knowing their feeling is even more important. This will help to have more of the audience appreciate what you have done.  

The Benchpeg Proust Q&A

  1. What’s your favourite work of art?
    The Water-Lily Pond by Monet.

  2. Who from past or present would you invite to a dinner party for the evening?

    My dear English family!

  3. Do you have any pets, if yes, what is their name?

    Rocky, a French bulldog.

  4. What is your most treasured possession?

    Beautiful jewellery!

  5. What would you consider a perfect day?

    A happy day is a perfect day!

  6. Is there a favourite journey, trip or voyage you hold dear?
    My trip to San Francesco with my best friend. 

  7. What is your greatest achievement?

    Nothing yet.

  8. What advice would tell your younger self?

    Enjoy all the journey of work and be aware that the result is irrelevant!

  9. Can you sum yourself up in one word?


  10. What motto do you live by?

    That nothing is forever so enjoy today and enjoy now.


Rebecca van Rooijen


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