Jason Park’s journey in the world of jewelry started when he was only 16 at his high school sculpting class. Making his first silver ring from a wax carving, he was intrigued by the process of jewelry making from this first experience. His calling into the jewelry business came in 2001 when he apprenticed under master Hawaiian jeweler Nono Boyajian. At Boyajian’s workshop, Park learned the meticulous craft of Hawaiian jewelry engraving and the process of creating heirloom pieces in gold and silver. Park then learned the art of high jewelry from renowned Parisian jeweler Boucheron. At the House of Boucheron, Park cultivated his knowledge of precious gemstones and how to utilize them for spectacular jewelry pieces.
With his diverse background in jewelry, Jason Park has lent his creative hand to creating several local lines. His work is deeply influenced by the upbringing of his hanai – a Hawaiian term for adoption from the heart – family, which included renowned kumu hula Paleka Mattos of Halau O Kamuela.
The energy of Waikiki has always called to Park, who grew up as a Waikiki beach boy and has cultivated a deep connection with the area, making it the ideal location for the launch of his brand Jason Park Designs in 2007.
In 2011, Jason Park was invited by The ‘Iolani Palace to create jewelry for their shops. “Being chosen by the Palace is the highest honor for any jeweler here in Hawaii and I strive to make unique modern jewels to honor the memory of Hawaii’s last Monarchy King and Queen,” said Park. In 2011 and 2012, Park was chosen as the featured artist for the annual Queen Kapiolani Birthday Event. The ‘Iolani Palace Collection by Jason Park Designs can be currently found at the Palace Gallery Shops.
In July 2014, Park opened his newest flagship gallery in Waikiki under the brand Jason Park Diamond. JPD showcases his latest artwork ranging from affordable pieces in silver to extravagant diamond jewelry and rare gemstones. The latest jewelry line features Park’s most imaginative and stylish designs to date that have been developed from all his past experiences in the world of jewelry. All the new pieces are crafted utilizing the most cutting-edge computer software and advanced jewelry making techniques.