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Our Featured Designer during March is iKuria

We are proud to be launching iKuria's new designer jewellery collection:

Alchemist's Notebook

 Ikuria gold and silver ring

What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

Journalism inspired me to become a jewellery designer. I was always interested in design and I wanted to be an entrepreneur. The first job I got from university was an interpreter and translator position, subsequently I became a journalist which was also a dream of mine since I was a teenage girl. I really enjoy working as a journalist writing about markets and this led me onto jewellery designing.


My job included talking to business people, bankers, traders etc, I settled into wearing grey or black business suits like themselves. Jewellery was the only thing which made me look feminine and added some personality to my corporate uniform without breaking the dress code. I figured out fine jewellery was very durable and could withstand hectic public life of a female journalist. My colleagues had the same attitude towards their outfits and jewellery and very interestingly, the colleagues male and female alike all had life stories behind the jewels they wore every day. The jewels could be an engagement ring, earrings from a husband, cufflinks as a birthday present from a daughter etc.  After ten years of my journalistic career I thought jewellery for business women could be my market, Thus why my jewellery is fine, colourful and elegant. If you study individual pieces closely they are edgy, playful with lots elements of fashion.

 

What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)

The latest Chronicle rings that I am launching with Nude, also the flying heart pendant I designed with a diamond my boyfriend gave me photographed above. He had forgotten about the diamond for 7 months after the purchase before giving it to me.

 

Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?

I have been greedy Thandie Newton and Rachel Weisz. I admire their look, intelligence and how elegantly and confidently they age and they take great care in how they present themselves. I feel they are style icons for the typical clients of mine, well-educated 40 something's with a good amount of disposable income.
If I can be even greedier I would love to see my jewels on Royal Ballet First Soloist Melissa Hamilton. I regard well-
trained dancer’s body as a great piece of art and I have been following her dancing career for a while.

 

Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?

Given that three of my dreams have become true journalist, entrepreneur and jewellery designer the only career which has not come true is a classical ballet dancer!
I have been dancing since I was six. Royal Ballet has not offered me a role yet. (LOL)

 

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Surprise and bling. Lots of surprise and bling!
I am delighted to launch the “Chronicle: alchemist’s notebook” collection with much loved jewellery boutique Nude. The gold range of the collection will be revealed later this year.

And I have already started doing some sketches and looking for materials for Medora next year. It is inspired by my favorite classical ballet piece, La Corsaire.
Watch this space!

Ikuko Kurahone
Jewellery Designer - iKuria

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