Tuesday, September 21, 2010


There is nothing like a gorgeous view of spectacular landscapes and a visit to Japan’s Okunikko National Park is a feast for the eyes. There is plenty to absorb with famous shrines, temples, mountains, and waterfalls. Japan is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Eddie Sakamoto.

Presently based in Los Angeles, California, Sakamoto likes to refer to his design style as minimalist rather than artistic.

His geometric, modern jewelry designs of 18-karat white gold, yellow gold and platinum share Angela Hübel’s (Germany) linear, chic forms.

Like Hübel, Sakamoto’s visual language of subtle, architectural patterns is distinctive yet timeless in execution. A one-time student of graphic and industrial design, after working for five years with a respected jeweler, the designer took a leap of faith entering the jewelry industry.

Thirty-one years ago, the Seattle native relocated to L.A. establishing his company Concept 1 (later renamed Sakamoto in 1995) dedicated to creating designs geared towards less ornamental items to ones that quietly accentuate the wearer.

“I like to keep forms as simple as possible,” says Sakamoto, “I like to keep designs partly sculptural and architectural in nature.” Though the hard angles of modern jewelry styles lack buoyance, it is still beautiful jewelry but with cool restraint.

His gold and diamond pendant necklaces are quietly stunning; while his orbital style earrings resemble a cutting-edge weather vane and his flat base gold rings are understated yet differentiated. The jewelry is a testament to its designer’s sensibilities; elegant, streamlined and stylish.
Photo 1 (top right): 18-Karat White and Yellow Gold Pendant Necklace with Diamonds
Photo 2 (center): 18-Karat White and Yellow Gold Ring with Diamonds
Photo 3 (bottom left): 18-Karat Yellow Gold Oval Pendant Necklace with Diamonds
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