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Akoya Pearls - Custom Jewelry Design May 02, 2016

This past year we were commissioned to create a unique piece for a new customer. For his anniversary, he wanted to gift a custom-designed jewelry piece. We talked about the rings that we already offered, and in order to keep his...
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hk+np studio Jewelry / Architecture Blog: Architect Yoshio Taniguchi February 04, 2016

One of our favorite living architects is Yoshio Taniguchi. Most people, and many architects won't know who he is, despite having a seriously impressive portfolio of work. His first project outside of Japan was the competition...
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hk+np studio Jewelry / Architecture Blog: The Metals in our Jewelry February 01, 2016

Silver jewelry, most commonly uses an alloy to make jewelry which is know as Sterling Silver, or .925 Silver. The reason for this is that natural silver is considered too soft for most applications. Silverware, and most silver jewelry contains 92.5% silver, and 7.5%...
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Architecture and Jewelry: Part 3: Discovering Craft Sanyuu January 29, 2016

Our search for exemplary craftsmanship took us back to japan where Hiroko had made the first pieces as a student of architecture. We hesitated to look for a casting studio in Japan at first because we were worried about the costs to have it made there. But after realizing some...
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Architecture and Jewelry: Part 2, Searching for a Casting Studio January 20, 2016

I suppose that being an architect and in the architecture field should have deterred us from pursuing a jewelry studio. Adding to that feeling is the fact that we don't have any experience in making jewelry or casting metals ourselves. Indeed, we have come to learn that this is a...
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