Ariko Bio

Designer Lori McLean

ARIKO

Yuko Matsumura'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 for Vancouver where she encountered delicate, hand-carved jewelry made by the Native People of Canada. In 2004, her passion led her to New York, where she 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. Yuko’s work is based upon an organic aesthetic that has become her signature style. She expresses the forces of nature, 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.

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$570.00
 
From dark to light and back again, this understated necklace from designer Ariko has an organic flow. The elegantly curved bar is set in oxidized sterling silver with 12 white diamonds at its center with an additional 12 brown diamonds and six black diamonds split on each slide for a subtle gradient. The pendant is suspended from a 14 karat yellow gold chain that measures 18" long. The curved pendant measures 1 3/8" across and has a total carat weight of .14.
$550.00
 
It is all about the fringe benefits! The subtle movement of this bright necklace from Ariko is a must-see. The gold bars are clustered together to make a striking statement, one lava textured bar has an array of diamonds, two black, two brown and one white.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamonds.
  • Diamonds total 0.03 carats.
  • Pendant measures 3/8-in. long and 1/4-in. across.
  • Necklace measures 15 1/2-in. long with spring ring clasp.
  • $250.00
     
    These unique everyday studs from Ariko showcase a white freshwater pearl topped with a gold bead, accented with a bezel set black diamond.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamond and pearl.
  • Diamonds total 0.01 carats.
  • Studs measure 3/8-in. long.
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  • $405.00
     
    It is all about the fringe benefits! The subtle movement of this edgy necklace from Ariko is must see. As if the multiple bars of oxidized sterling silver are clustered together were not striking enough, one bar has an array of diamonds, three black, four brown and three white. The pendant is 7/8" long and hangs from a 14 karat yellow gold chain. Total carat weight of .52.
    $685.00
     
    This mixed metal bar necklace from Ariko is a must-have! A textured lava bar is home to a mix of bright white and black diamonds. Perfect for everyday layering!

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver.
  • Detailed in black and white diamonds.
  • Diamonds total .09 carats.
  • The bar measures 1 3/16" long.
  • Bar hangs from a fine 16" gold chain with spring ring clasp.
  • $265.00
     
    These unique everyday studs from Ariko showcase a black-gray freshwater pearl topped with a gold bead, accented with a bezel set white diamond.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in diamond and pearl.
  • Diamonds total 0.01 carats.
  • Studs measure 3/8-in. long.
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  • $380.00
     
    These edgy earrings from Ariko showcase a lava textured bar detailed in three white diamonds, four brown diamonds and three black diamonds.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver.
  • Detailed in diamonds.
  • Diamonds total 0.10 carats.
  • Measure 13/16-in. long
  • Finished with gold ear wires.
  • $505.00
     
    This pendant from Ariko is perfect for layering. A split gold pod pendant houses beautifully rough black diamonds.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in black diamonds.
  • Pendant is 1 1/4-in. across.
  • Necklace measures 17-in. long with a spring ring clasp.
  • $580.00
     
    This unique, handcrafted pendant from Ariko is a lovely statement necklace. The open centered diameter pendant is accented with black diamond chips that pop against the gold circle. The black diamond chips rest all around the outside of the diameter pendant.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in black diamond chips.
  • Pendant measures 7/16" across.
  • Pendant hangs from an adjustable 16-18" gold chain,
  • Finished with a spring ring clasp.

    Adjust this necklace by placing the loop in the spring clasp with the double link at the end of the chain.

  • $530.00
     
    Bold and beautiful, this vertical bar pendant from Ariko is a great layering piece. This vertical bar is handcrafted in a mix of oxidized sterling silver and gold. The bar sparkles with accents of 7 white diamonds and 3 black diamonds.

  • Handcrafted in oxidized sterling silver and 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed in black and white diamonds.
  • Diamonds total .046 carats.
  • Bar measures 3/4" long.
  • Finished on an adjustable 16-18" gold chain with spring ring clasp.

    Adjust this necklace by placing the loop in the spring clasp with the double link at the end of the chain.

  • $285.00
     
    These drop earrings from designer Ariko are handcrafted in Brooklyn, New York. Roundish black discs detailed in oxidized sterling silver are accented with six, sparkling, white diamonds.

  • Handcrafted in oxidized sterling silver.
  • Detailed in white diamonds.
  • Diamonds total .03 carats.
  • Earrings measure 5/8" long from the top of the ear wire.
  • Finished on 14-karat yellow gold ear wires.
  • $280.00
     
    These dainty everyday studs from Ariko are a must-have. Each stud has two gold beads with bezel set black and white diamonds.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold.
  • Detailed with black and white diamonds.
  • Measures 1/4" long.
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  • $250.00
     
    These square studs from Ariko are perfect for everyday. Each stud is handcrafted in oxidized sterling silver. These unique square studs have an organic texture, four brown diamonds and two white diamonds.

  • Handcrafted in oxidized sterling silver.
  • Detailed in brown and white diamonds.
  • Diamonds total .03 carats.
  • Studs Measure 3/16" long.
  • Finished with 14-karat yellow gold posts.
  • $415.00
     
    This necklace from Ariko is a must-have! A textured lava bar pendant is home to a mix of bright white and black diamonds bezel set in the lava bar.

  • Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver.
  • Detailed in diamonds.
  • Diamonds total 0.09 carats.
  • The bar measures 1/8-in. long.
  • Necklace measures 22-in. long with a spring clasp.
  • Was: $520.00
    Now: $260.00
     
    Simple and chic, this ruby and diamond ring from Ariko is perfect for stacking. A ruby is framed by four white diamonds at the center of this ring set in 14 karat white gold with black rhodium detail in a subtle diamond shape.
    Was: $370.00
    Now: $185.00
     
    Simple and oh-so stackable! This little ring from Ariko features a 14 karat yellow gold stone resting on a white gold hammered band.
    Was: $920.00
    Now: $322.00
     
    This cute ring from Ariko is great for stacking. With a larger rose cut silver diamond surrounded by brown and white diamonds this ring set in 18 karat yellow gold, this ring rests on a 14 karat white gold band. This ring is perfect for everyday.
    $880.00
     
    An edgy take on the classic diamond eternity band. Designer Ariko has set rough black diamonds all the way around this 18 karat yellow gold band. Perfect alongside your raw diamond stunner ring or next to your favorite stacking rings!
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