Keiko Uno’s exquisite jewellery captivates both the eye and imagination with its breathtaking beauty. Created out of a passion for excellence and the unique synergy of the youthful liberated Australian spirit and traditional Japanese principles, Keiko’s inspirational jewellery exudes confidence, sophistication and allure.
Keiko has had a passion for gems and jewellery since childhood. Her family moved to Perth in 1972 where Keiko pursued her love of gems, attaining a double diploma in Gemology. Her innate talent, bestowed on her by her family’s prestigious diamond, pearl and opal emporium, has been honed during her successful twenty-year international career spanning across Tokyo, London, New York and Perth.
Today Keiko travels the world hand selecting the gemstones that add sparkle and colour to her designs. Her original creations are brought to life with the help of a select group of skilled artisans, with each piece months – sometimes years – in the making. Keiko has built an international reputation creating bespoke pieces for a diverse clientele.
Keiko has now made the transition to creating her own limited edition jewellery lines. Each piece is steeped in meaning, designed to evoke a feeling or favourite moment in the wearer. Her aim is to create jewellery that is not only a pleasure to wear, but seductive and emotive; turning the beautiful into the breathtaking, and the glamorous into the glorious. In Keiko’s words “My art is about capturing and communicating the beauty that surrounds us in exquisite pieces of jewellery. The genesis is always an experience I want to share, and a predominant focus in my work is to find the magical fusion between contrasting elements such as: lightness and darkness; refined elegance and liberated boldness; and my Japanese and Australian cultures”.
Keiko’s sterling silver ‘Rockpool’ collection and her 18 karat gold ‘Ocean Intrigue’ collection are inspired by her love for the sea, which, growing up in, and currently living on the coast in Western Australia, forms an integral part of her life. Keiko’s designs are a poetic development of ideas that inspire a deep passion for life, love and beauty. Her work invites people to share and connect with the subject and others.
Keiko’s aim in life and in her work is to evolve, which she strives for by continually applying the principle of kaizen (continuous improvement). Her goal is to create inspirational pieces of alluring beauty – jewels that captivate both the eye and imagination. “When the materials and finishes I’ve employed result in a delightful alchemy of allure and magic, I know a piece is done”.