Yasuko Azuma

Childhood memories of growing up in Japan, prior training and careers as a fashion designer in her native country, and as a dancer in New York, all provide Yasuko Azuma with inspiration for her elegantly feminine and intricately detailed jewelry collection.

Along with her husband, Richard Ito, the soft-spoken yet boldly imaginative Yasuko Azuma launched her first full scale collection in 2003, in New York, under her own name, after mastering the craft of delicate hand piercing and a hand finished "diamond dust" texture. Both techniques continue to be part of her signature style and have garnered the attention of leading retailers, press and consumers.

Her love of fabrics, particularly vintage Kimono patterns, her affinity for the old world charm of fans and Ranma (the pierced work on sliding doors in old homes in Japan), and the refined movement she strived for during her years as a dancer all inform her collections.

Yasuko's designs from the dainty cut outs that adorn the sides of a ring shank to the leaves and vines and flowers that bloom on a medallion or flow from earrings.