about us

 
 Ivan in the MADEIRA necklace. Photo by Kayla Isomura.

Ivan in the MADEIRA necklace. Photo by Kayla Isomura.

Local and handcrafted.

HEX Metals & Minerals is a handcrafted jewellery line that brings rough stones together in minimalist arrangements. Dichotomies combine in unexpectedly beautiful ways to reflect the spectrum that lies between natural & industrial, feminine & masculine, rough & shine. Each piece is inspired by and named after a natural geologic or aquatic body. HEX Metals & Minerals incorporates running themes of strength, androgyny, grace, minimalism, and surprise.

It's immensely important to HEX to promote visibility of queer and trans people of colour (QTPOC). We believe that jewellery can grace every kind of body and every gender presentation.

Gender-inclusive design.

"Women" and "men" are tough categories if you don’t identify as a man or a woman, or if you don’t want to look hyperfeminized or masculinized but have no options within the gender you've been assigned. 

Often the word "androgynous" is used to get around this limitation; unfortunately, in practice, masculinity and plainness are viewed as neutral, and femininity is seen as frivolous, leaving no room for any possibility of sparkle or delicacy. 

Therefore, one of our important values is to use ungendered language, show a piece on differently-identified models, and avoid categorizing pieces by the woman/man binary.

Jewellery isn't inherently masculine or feminine - we think our pieces look great on any gender expression. 

Where we work

HEX Metals & Minerals is handcrafted with love on the territories of the Musqueam, Squasmish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver).  

HEX was born on Treaty One Territory, home of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene peoples, and the Métis Nation, also known as Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 Owner & designer Adrienne Yeung. Photo by Kayla Isomura.

Owner & designer Adrienne Yeung. Photo by Kayla Isomura.

MEET THE DESIGNER: adrienne Yeung

HEX began in summer of 2014 when I was asked to design a flash line for a local Winnipeg cafe. It's taken off ever since. Having moved in 2016, I now work out of a small studio in East Vancouver. 

I'm proud to work with local partners who do cool, feminist work. I'm proud of my partnerships with businesses such as QPOC Winnipeg, McNally Robinson Booksellers, HUTK, the Winnipeg Farmer's Market, and Stain Coffee.

I am proud to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community. I am proud to be Chinese. My QPOC identity inspires everything that I do.