Imayo procures gemstones directly from the source.
Our highly experienced buyers carefully select each
individual stone according to strict criteria. In addition
to the beauty of the cut, we also select stones for
their power to impress, a factor that cannot be
expressed by a grade or number.
The exceptional brilliance of "Kagayoi Quality" is visible
from the center stones to the smaller side stones.
To create brilliance that will stimulate feelings deep within the female heart, our designers combine experience gained in study overseas with an enduring awareness of Kyoto's beauty and the beauty of Japan to create designs that bring out the best of the stones and precious metals in order to highlight the true beauty of the wearer.
Design drawings are all hand-drawn to ensure the design accurately reflects the designer's intention, and the designer holds frequent discussions with the craftsman as the design takes shape.
Every piece of Kagayoi jewelry must satisfy many
criteria--brilliance and comfort when worn, settings
that highlight the stones, faultless beauty when
viewed from any angle, and timelessness worthy of
a treasured heirloom. It is only through the skill of expert
craftsmen that each piece of jewelry is transformed
into a sublime piece that meets all of those criteria.
Skilled jewelry craftsmen hear some sounds with their hands rather than their ears. Setting the stones is one of the most important steps in crafting jewelry.
To set the stones properly in the prongs, the craftsman's hands perceive the sounds of the stones and prongs, a skill requiring years of experience to develop.
The precision of each tiny prong has a significant effect on the beauty of the entire piece.
The first head of Imayo's jewelry workshop declared,
"We are making jewelry that will last 100 years."
Our craftsmen have carried on that tradition ever since.
Quality that will last 100 years. Jewelry that will be
just as beautiful and comfortable to wear
100 years from now.
A timeless heirloom that will be handed down
and treasured from generation to generation.
That is the spirit of the craftsmen behind
every piece of Kagayoi jewelry.