Radiance of the SeaDesigner: Karin Oshima
- Concept of work
- Jewelry design background
The opal in the center represents the earth, and its top and bottom represent the north and south poles, while the ribbon-like curving shapes are waves. The red, blue and yellow sapphires and rubies symbolize coral reefs and colorful tropical fish. The sea is the source of all life, and binds the six continents together, making the sea a symbol of the entire earth. (There are often said to be five continents, but I include Antarctica to make six.)
The sapphires at the top and bottom are gradated in terms of size and color. The diamonds used are of such outstanding quality that they could stand alone as jewelry by themselves. The skilled techniques of Japanese jewel smiths are evident in the delicate curves and wave-like undulations.
Materials: Black opal, diamond, sapphire, K18
“Iridegnita” is a portmanteau word combining the Italian iride, meaning “rainbow,” with “dignity.”
Jewelry by Iridegnita is ideal for people of strong and determined will. The word “dignity” implies the power and pride that mature adults possess.
The strong will, determination, faith and powerful emotions that allow us to shape our own destinies go together to make a seven-hued rainbow that acts as a bridge to a boundless future. Iridegnita is by your side as you cross this rainbow bridge, at the end of which await each of the dreams that you bear through life with pride and prestige.
The true value of Iridegnita jewelry is that it guides you through life powerfully, nobly and with pride and optimism based on the courage of your convictions.
Jewelry by Iridegnita is not only beautiful for its precious stones and metals. It is a collection of powerful items that guide elegant and sophisticated adult women and men with leadership qualities toward the fulfillment of their dreams.
Iridegnita will continue to grow proudly as a company that builds rainbow bridges to the fulfillment of dreams for each and every customer that wears our jewelry.
My designs are intuitively inspired by my experiences as a volunteer both in Japan and overseas. I believe jewelry born of real life experiences is not just a lifeless assemblage of stones and metals on a tabletop, but has the power to connect with and inspire its wearers.
Thus far I have visited Europe, North Africa, Asia, North America, Oceania and the South Pacific, etc.: 28 countries and 75 cities in all.
I received a thematic category prize at the 2012 JJA Jewellery Design Awards.
I work based on the concept of creating jewelry that represents Japan to the world.
Craftsmen with impeccable technical skills and delicate sensibilities, which qualify them to provide goods to luxury jewelry boutiques, manufacture Iridegnita jewelry.
Jewelry is made to order. Please inquire for details.
Participation in exhibitions possible. Inquiries welcome.
Ibuki Ariga (Designer name:Karin Oshima) GIA-GG, GIA-Jewelry Design Certificate