Products by designer: Satomi Kawakita

Satomi Kawakita is a New York City-based jewelry designer and professional diamond setter. She was born and raised in Japan. While growing up, she was strongly influenced by her dress-maker mother, who made most of Satomi's clothes when she was a little girl. Satomi was fascinated not only by designing, but also by actually creating things herself. This passion led her to Saga Art College in Kyoto, Japan, where she studied wood, metal, clay and textile design/creation. While in college, she encountered glass-blowing, and after graduating, she worked for the glass artist Takeshi Tsujino for a couple of years. After the glass studio closed down, she taught herself how to make jewelry with glass beads, and she started her own jewelry business and sold her pieces nationwide. In 2002, she moved to Boston to fulfill her longtime dream to study abroad. After she completed an English language program, she moved to New York City to study jewelry making at Studio Jewelers. She started working as a diamond setter under the master setter Richard Scandaglia as soon as she graduated from school. In 2008, she launched her own jewelry line, "Satomi Kawakita Jewelry." Her work combines an unusual organic sense of beauty with impeccable craftmanship, resulting in jewelry true to her style and vision. She appreciates and finds a mystique and unlimited beauty in natural gems, minerals and metals, and she always aspires to turn these materials into wearable jewelry using her own unique approach.