The Designer

Sumer Sayan Custom Rings Designer

Harlin Jones uses an eclectic mix of styles and inspirations in creating its innovative and
unique jewellery pieces.

Harlin Jones was founded by Australian designer, Sumer Sayan.
Sumer started his international jewellery internship in Istanbul, Turkey
in 1998. There, under the guidance of master jewellers he was taught
the fundamentals of handcrafting jewellery, that in Turkey, are passed
down over generations. Over the next 12 months he worked and studied as a bench
jeweller, working with precious metals and gemstones.

After completing his internship in Istanbul, Sumer returned to
Sydney where he started a four-year jewellery design apprenticeship. It
was during this time that his love and passion for design was born.

Five years into his working career as a fully-qualified bench jeweller,
Sumer’s itch to create lead him to designing and making 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.

Sumer’s inspirations encompass a broad range of arts and cultures,
including:

Graffitti art, being a graffitti artist himself in his youth.
Tattoo art, designing and drawing tattoo pieces for himself and friends.
The 80s art scene in New York, and the work of artists such as: Jean Michel Basquiat and
Keith Haring.
Architecture, specifically the intricate design, pattern, and colours
found in mosques, cathedrals, and temples throughout the world.
Native American Indian, African, and ancient Egyptian cultures.
Music, particularly 60s and 70s rock and roll, and the counter-culture of
the period. The sounds, the fashion, the vibe and attitude of the time, and
the punk movement that followed it.

The creative freedom and satisfaction experienced making these pieces
for friends lead Sumer to start his own label, Harlin Jones in 2014.

In 2019 an opportunity to move to New York presented itself to Sumer.
New York, being the birthplace of so much that inspires him, and having
such a robust and vibrant arts scene, made the decision to seize the
opportunity and move himself and Harlin Jones there, an easy one. Since
then, Sumer has run Harlin Jones from New York, constantly working and
evolving, pushing his ideas and creativity, constantly moving Harlin Jones
forward.

Sumer’s work can be seen in publications such as: 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.