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7 Recommended Jewelry Brands to Buy in Japan

These Japanese jewelry brands have been making people happy for years thanks to their trusted quality and delicate designs. Here are some recommended brands to check out, from world-famous well-established brands to current designers gathering attention.

1. Mikimoto

Mikimoto has the world's largest share of pearl sales. Something you should definitely take notice of is the various accessories made with a luxurious amount of arranged pearls. Each pearl has its own unique characteristics, and Mikimoto pearls are sent out into the world after a unique, strict process in which the pearls are chosen. That means that this jewelry will certainly continue to make women's hearts pound no matter the era or country.

1. Mikimoto

MIKIMOTO Ginza 2, 2-4-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

2. Wako

Wako became one of Japan's representative jewelry brands after opening as a jewelry store in the Meiji era (1868 - 1912). They oversee the entire process of jewelry making, from looking for stones until it reaches the customer's hands, and they also make order-made jewelry if the occasion calls for it. Wako's building is also a symbol of Ginza, so why not stop by for a look?

2. Wako

4-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

3. Tasaki

Tasaki is a brand whose creative director is Thakoon Panichgul, a designer who can claim the First Lady, Michelle Obama, as a fan. The designs he creates are very formal yet unique, and he holds a world view in which he can bring together two completely different items. For example, rings that look like carnivorous plants, earrings that look like a star broken into two pieces, necklaces named after water fountains - the motifs offered by this brand are varied and diverse. The place where you can see all of these unique designs is the main branch of Tasaki in Ginza. If you find yourself in Ginza, please stop by to look at their work.

3. Tasaki

5-7-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

4. Gimel

Gimel is a highly favored brand that was called "the antique jewelry of the future" by an international auction house. These pieces are created one-by-one by craftsmen working by hand to place the tiny stones just right. The motifs are things like chicks, leaves eaten by bugs, cherry blossom buds, and many other charming ideas. The beautiful stones brought together by great skill and the lovely motifs will take hold of your heart when you look at it. Gimel doesn't have its own company shop, so you must visit a store that offers their products.

4. Gimel

4-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

5. Uyeda Jeweller

Since 1884, Uyeda Jeweller has aimed to offer jewelry that will be offered for 100 years, so they have worked hard in their jewelry-making techniques. Some of the clients on their list include not just stars like Babe Ruth and Sophia Loren but also political wives like Jean Marie Faircloth MacArthur and Haru M. Reischauer. They use Japan's unique aesthetic, the beauty of subtraction, and combine it with Western techniques to create a gorgeous union. Their jewelry has been created with over 100 years of elegance upon elegance, so please take a look.

5. Uyeda Jeweller

Imperial Hotel Arcade, 1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

6. Niwaka

Niwaka is a jewelry brand from Kyoto. Each of Niwaka's jewelry pieces have been given a name in kanji with roots hidden in the beautiful sights and nature of Kyoto. For example, the sparkling pair of earrings made with countless of diamonds is called "Kyokomachi," and the design came from the glimmering stone-paved streets of Kyoto after rainfall. If you look at the glimmering Kyokomachi earrings waving in the air, the image of the Kyoto streets lit up by the moonlight after a storm will come to mind. There are many other charming pieces with kanji names, so why not stop by and look at the jewelry and their names at the same time? Also, the Niwaka store was designed by the world-famous Tadao Ando. Please come look at both the jewelry and the architecture!

6. Niwaka

Niwaka Building 2F, 105 Fukunaga-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

7. Mokumeganeya

Mokumegane, which is where this brand gets its name from, was created in Japan 400 years ago. It's a technique referring to stacking different colors of gold and shaving it down until it looks like a wood pattern. Mokumeganeya uses this technique to make jewelry. They have made about 20,000 pieces of order-made jewelry for customers. Other than jewelry, they also offer items like necktie pins, so this is a shop for people with interest in traditional Japanese art!

7. Mokumeganeya

3-4-18 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

All of these jewelry brands offer high-class items, so they're perfect for wedding rings or presents to that special someone. Please stop by and find the perfect jewelry for you!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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