Yuko's passion for creating unique jewelry began in Tokyo in 2000, when she discovered silver clay, an unusual substance that can be sculpted like clay then fired to become pure silver. She was so taken with the medium that she studied it intensely and became a certified instructor.
In 2002, Yuko left her birthplace of Tokyo and headed west for Vancouver to continue her studies. It was here she encountered jewelry made by the Native People of Canada. She was inspired by their delicate hand-carving techniques, and anxious to learn how to employ such methods in her own designs.
In 2004, her passion led her to New York, where she studied at Studio Jewelers and found work as a diamond setter in the jewelry district of New York City.
Today, she creates one-of-a-kind jewelry with a level of quality usually only seen in old-world craftsmanship. The process begins by sketching designs with pencil on paper. These are then translated into an original wax sculpture. A mold is created from the wax, and then the metals are cast and polished.
Yuko’s work is based upon an organic aesthetic that has become her signature style. She tries to express the forces of nature, the weathering volcanic rocks, the surface of the earth and the beauty of natural materials. After she married her husband who grew up in Iceland, she has been bringing her impression of both countries, Japan and Iceland into her jewelry.
Each piece is handmade and hand-finished. Therefore, no two are exactly alike. Her collections include 18k and 14k gold, platinum, sterling silver, diamonds, sapphires, rubies and semi-precious stones.