Tuesday, July 9, 2013


18K Gold Baby's Breath Bracelet
with Diamonds and Aquamarine
The 17th century structure known as Asakusa Shrine is one of Japan’s most famous attractions.

The Shinto temple is the best known of its kind and its construction lauded the three founders of Senso-ji.

Japan is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Akiyo Matsuoka.

Matsuoka proves that subtlety in jewelry design can be really extraordinary.  Minimalist designs of 18-karat gold and radiant precious and semi-precious gemstones are presented with delicacy, buoyance and movement. 

The focal point of her 18-karat white and yellow gold rings from her Moonlight Collection is a link of glob-like orbs that seem to undulate.  It is a beautiful interpretation of fluidity without actual kinetic parts.

The New York based jeweler’s training as a pianist informs the rhythmic flow of her jewelry.  “My jewelry encompasses the perfect union of nature, music and sculptural design.

Nature teems with rhythm; its spirit is a cascade of patterns.  The universal tempos that shape the natural world inspire my designs,” she says.
18K Gold Caribbean Rain Lariat Necklace 
with Rubelite Tourmaline
Matsuoka also takes cues from fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto’s mastery of simplicity; the raw beauty of Caribbean forests after a rainfall; classic films; and her two children.

Enhancing a woman’s inner and outer beauty, however, tops the jeweler’s list of style influences.  “Being Japanese definitely informs the clean lines and simplicity of my jewelry.  I grew up surrounded by the beauty of cultured pearls.  I interpret them as “symbols of purity,” she explains.

“All of my designs are handcrafted.  My pieces are meant to show the inner strength of the wearer.  Each article of jewelry-- bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings—adds expression and enhances the beauty of the wearer.”
18K Gold Sea Spray Rings with Diamonds

2013 Jewelry Trend AlertMatusoka’s subtly showcases colored gemstones, one of the year’s style trends, in her delicate Moonlight Rings.  Amethyst, blue topaz and peridot (green is the top color trend this year) are highlighted in one design!
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