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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$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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  • $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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  • $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.

  • $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: $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.
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