John Hardy jewelry was founded by Canadian designer and artist, John Hardy, in 1975. He visited Bali in the mid-1970s and the island’s jewelry-making traditions piqued his interest. He began learning the techniques of the local artisans, then developed his first pieces by applying new design concepts to traditional Balinese techniques.
The John Hardy compound was built in Mumbal, Bali in 1996, and is the company production center where the jewelry is created. It also serves as a living and gathering space for the brand’s designers and craftsmen.
In 1999, Guy Bedarida, a senior designer of haute joaillerie of the Place Vendôme, joined the company as Head Designer and expanded Hardy’s design concepts to include the use of classical European jewelry techniques and new motifs inspired by nature and ancient East Asian art styles and themes.
To this day, John Hardy jewelry is known for its designs in sterling silver and for combining traditional Balinese jewelry-making techniques with modern designs.