MJ Paik was born in South Korea where she studied fine art and design. During her studies she travelled to New Zealand, where she fell in love with the beautiful landscape and lifestyle. While working as a shoe designer and determined to return, she booked a one way ticket to Aotearoa to make it home.
After completion of her training at Peter Minturn Goldsmith School in Auckland, she developed her skills by designing and making jewellery in Auckland and Melbourne.
Winter in July jewellery is handcrafted using centuries-old traditional fabrication and lost wax casting techniques. 100% New Zealand designed and made. Precious metal and gemstones are sourced from reputable local companies.
The source of inspiration for Winter in July jewellery is MJ's love of nature and animals. She aims to create pieces that bring joy to the wearer as if they are in a beautiful forest, garden or by the sea.