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Handmade Accessories with Natural Corals by [churaumi] (Naha)
post : 2019.12.27 09:00
The stylish street of Ukishima Dori in Naha is one of those places that gives you anticipation and hopes of “maybe I’ll find something different and cool” whenever you go. In this article, I’ll be introducing [churaumi], an accessory shop on Ukishima Dori that offers unique pieces of jewelry made with natural corals. The shop is not just popular with tourists, but the locals are drawn to the beautiful accessories there, too.
The owners are Tatsuya Koike and his wife and business partner, Kazuyo Shimizu, who are deeply fond of the seas that surround Okinawa and have been living here for 13 years. Koike-san is responsible for the art direction and Shimizu-san is the accessory artist, designing and creating the pieces. Using materials that remind us of the seas, like natural corals, pearls, and turquoise, the accessories available are created with the concept of “making every day a little more fun”. They create and offer accessories that are delicate and classy, with a sophisticated style.
Shown above is a jagged-line necklace using 14K gold parts. The natural coral used for this piece is called apple coral which is red in color like an apple, with patterns like that of wood. If you look closely, each piece of coral has different patterns and are beautiful to look at. The necklace has a distinctive angle where they are linked, giving a subtle and elegant appearance. You can also double-up the necklace when you wear it or wear it in a Y-shape.
(Photo courtesy of [churaumi])
Shown above is a pair of jagged-line earrings using 14K gold parts. The coral used in this piece is called Umitake Sango in Japanese, meaning “sea bamboo coral” because the stem of the coral is similar in appearance to bamboo. Its milky white color is its unique characteristic and just as the jagged line necklace, the coral beads are connected in an angle, creating a delicate and refined impression.
Lastly, the piece above is a necklace made with deep sea coral and 18K gold parts. Just as the name suggests, the coral is found deep in the ocean, and when they are harvested and brought to land, the coral often cracks due to the change in water pressure. The difficulty in collecting this type of coral makes them rare and expensive. As with many natural materials, each piece is unique, and this type of coral has a beautiful and gentle gradation of pink hues, giving a sweet and charming impression.
The accessories offered at [churaumi] aren’t necessarily resort-like, but in line with their concept of “making everyday a little more fun”, and are simple in design. They are great to wear daily with any style, even after you leave Okinawa and return home. There are many more pieces on display at the shop aside from the ones introduced in this article and you’ll enjoy browsing at all the different pieces so much that you’ll forget about time. You’ll find yourself becoming very fond of the elegant and delicate natural corals, I’m sure. If you get a chance, I recommend you pay a visit to [churaumi] and take a look.
Finally, for those of you in the Kansai area, [churaumi] will have a booth, “Merry Christmas♪ Fuyu wo Tanoshimu Accessory; churaumi pop-up shop” at the Umeda Souq on the 10th floor of the Hankyu Umeda Main Store, in the north section at “Souq Gurashi no Atelier” from December 11 (Wed) to the 24 (Tue), 2019. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by.
Address: 2-3-11 Matsuo, Naha City, Okinawa
Hours: 10:30 to 19:00
Open Year Round (closed temporarily on some occasions)
Information for: “Merry Christmas♪ Accessories to enjoy the winter season, churaumi pop-up shop”
Locations: Umeda Souq, 10th Floor of Hankyu Umeda Main Store, Souq Living Atelier, Northern Section
Period: December 11 (Wed) to 24 (Tue), 2019
Hours: December 13, 14, 18-23; 10:00 to 21:00
December 24 (Final Day); 10:00 to 17:00
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Yu Murakami