Kanazashi Flower Jewelry

DesignerAsuka Saito
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The unique feature of this design is that the jewelry was created by arranging Japanese traditional technique, Tsumami zaiku, to make Kanzashi flowers. Kanzashi flower is Japanese traditional folded flowers made from fabric that is used by women as hair ornaments. Another unique property is making Mizuhiki into jewelry element. Mizuhiki is an ancient Japanese art form that used a special cord. The cord is usually created from rice paper that is tightly wound, starched to give it stiffness, and then colored. Usually, Mizuhiki is used to make ornate knots decorate packages and notes. And I designed the piece utilizing the characteristics of Swarovski crystal that maintain their sparkling brilliance and shine for the life of the crystal.

About Designer

Asuka Saito is an award winning jewelry designer and an accredited jewelry professional living in San Francisco, California. She has obtained qualifications from Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A). She designs unique jewelry inspired by forms found in nature, mostly using real materials, a blessing from nature, and a symbol of beauty through the ages. She also creates remodeling jewelry for new look and beautiful piece of modern jewelry. Japan, where she was born and grew up, has a wide range of art style and media along with a myriad of other types of works of art. It has a long history, ranging from the beginnings of human habitation in Japan, sometime in the 10th millennium BC, to the present. So her design is influenced by the traditional art and techniques, and she makes jewelry using Japanese traditional techniques for a new look and unique and beautiful piece of jewelry.