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 imperfect stones together in minimalist arrangements. Dichotomies combine in unexpectedly beautiful ways to reflect the spectrum that lies between natural & industrial, feminine & masculine, rough & shine. HEX Metals & Minerals incorporates running themes of strength, 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. It’s a catch-22 that makes it seem not okay to enjoy adornment. 

But we see jewellery as strength. There is power in adorning yourself, seeing yourself as beautiful, sacred, worthy.; beyond colonial prescriptions of gender. One of our core values is to use ungendered language, show the same piece on differently-identified models, and avoid categorizing pieces by the gender 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 sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations (also known as 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.

 

MEET THE DESIGNER: adrienne Yeung

HEX began in summer of 2014 when I was asked to design a line for a local Winnipeg cafe’s boutique section. It's taken off ever since. Having moved to Vancouver in 2016, I now work out of a small studio and sell both online and in brick-and-mortar stores in Vancouver and Winnipeg.

I'm proud to work with local partners who do cool, feminist work.

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

Owner & designer Adrienne Yeung. Photo by Kayla Isomura.

Owner & designer Adrienne Yeung. Photo by Kayla Isomura.