“My surroundings have always played a big part in my work and the direction I take in designing. Certain places carry a certain energy, and I’ve always tried to tap into that.” — Sumer Sayan
Harlin Jones uses an eclectic mix of styles and inspirations in creating its innovative and unique jewelry pieces.
Harlin Jones was founded by Australian designer, Sumer Sayan. Sumer started his international jewelry internship in Istanbul, Turkey in 1998. There, under the guidance of master jewelers, he was taught the fundamentals of handcrafting jewelry, which in Turkey, are passed down over generations. Over the next 12 months, he worked and studied as a bench jeweler, working with precious metals and gemstones. After completing his internship in Istanbul, Sumer returned to Sydney where he started a four-year jewelry design apprenticeship. It was during this time that his love and passion for design were born.
Five years into his working career as a fully qualified bench jeweler, Sumer’s itch to create led him to design and make small collections for himself. Receiving high praise and admiration for the uniqueness, originality, and quality craftsmanship of these pieces, Sumer, at the request of friends started creating pieces for others. The creation of these pieces, along with his travels and personal interests as inspiration helped Sumer in shaping and constantly evolving a style of his own.
The creative freedom and satisfaction experienced making these pieces for friends led Sumer to start his own label, Harlin Jones in 2014. Since then, Sumer’s work has been seen in publications such as Vogue; Russh; Marie Claire; Maxim; and Inked Magazine; worn by stars such as Charlie Sheen; the Madden brothers of the punk band Good Charlotte; and Keith Urban, who Sumer was asked to create a commission piece for.