Born and raised in Tianjin, China Jiaxiu Chai (Amber) is a jeweler and a designer residing in Savannah, GA. She received a B.A. in gemology and materials technology from Tianjin University of Commerce and is currently an M.F.A. candidate in jewelry at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Her early education provided knowledge of gem appraisal and jewelry identification, as well as jewelry design. With a strong affinity for design and studio work, she shifted her focus to the process of making. Informed by daily life, her favorite place to do research is not her room but her courtyard, which opens to the garden.