SHINKO STUDIO

SHINKO STUDIO

Producer Shinko Studio CEO

Akiko Yonei

Akiko Yonei

Born in Tokyo. Started her career by assisting with her father’s watch and jewelry shop after working at various companies. Established Shinko Studio in 2002. President of Jewelry Artists of Japan (JAJ), a community for young people in the jewelry-making industry.

If jewelry is a symbol of wealth or honor, then it may already have served its time in being useful in society. Jewelry has also been seen as a symbol of happiness until now, but I wonder if this is really the case. I tend to think that jewelry is something that becomes necessary at those times when life delivers trying situations.

Having also learned that the history of jewelry production in Japan is founded on the work of decorative craftspeople such as those who used to make ornamental hairpins and the metalwork for samurai swords, I came to feel that I would like to produce jewelry with a new sensibility, something that can incorporate diversity without the established ideas of the past, so that my jewelry may serve as a companion for people in their everyday lives. This would require the essence of Japanese craftsmanship, which forms the identity of Shinko Studio.

I am very happy if the pieces that I produce provide those who wear them with even just a little bit of strength for living.

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