Jewellery has served different functions in different cultures and in different eras, across the world. The earliest use of jewelry was probably functional, perhaps using a buckle to hold up a belt, or a brooch to clasp and hold together a cape. However, soon functional pieces of jewellery became more and more decorative. People began wearing jewellery as a display of wealth, to stand out from the crowd and even indicate a higher social ranking than others around them. Today, many people wear jewellery to make a personal style statement and to project a certain personal quality or trait, such as confidence, hope, positivity, etc.
While Japanese jewellery may not be as well known as French or Italian, over the years, it has developed its own loyal following, thanks to their exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail. This is especially true for the generally ignored market of men’s jewelry. If you are a man who loves jewelry, and are either living in Japan or traveling there soon, don’t forget to check out the following men’s jewellery brands.
1.Oz Abstract Tokyo
A very prominent jewellery maker from central Tokyo, Oz Abstract focussed primarily on Gothic designs and rock jewellery. The designs of Oz Abstract are inspired by urban culture, music, fashion and other elements that shape our daily lives today. They have an amazing range of jewellery collections for men who are not afraid to wear their innermost, and perhaps even the darkest, desires and dreams on their bodies, for the world to see. Oz Abstract has a very strong fan following, thanks to their legendary designs, which are often a blend Japanese and international themes and motifs. Their popularity has also soared with many television and movie productions in Japan displaying their jewellery designs prominently.
The Oz Abstract store in Harajuku is almost a landmark in the area. Visitors can enjoy a unique and private shopping experience, and search for unique and stylish, and even customised jewellery design, to suit their personal sense of style.
Name: Oz Abstract Tokyo
Address: 150-0001, B1F Nakada Bldg., 3-21-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: 12:00-20:00
Phone Number: (+81) 3-5770-9849
Kenji Fujimori, apprenticed as a jewellery maker in Paris, before he set up his own jewellery brand. Today, the Fujimori legacy is carried forward by Takashi Fujimori, the son of the founder. Fujimori jewellery is characterised by its handmade designs and traditional hammering techniques, which makes their designs quite exceptional. Most of their jewellery is crafted from beautiful and rare precious stones including tourmaline, beryl, garnet and quartz. As the main designer, Takashi’s designs skilfully combines contemporary and classic jewellery designs, making it the perfect choice for the urban, sophisticated man, still in touch with his roots. Their designs are made to intrigue the wearer, and make people more curious and ask questions about the pieces. So, if you like to be the centre of attention, and want to use jewellery to get people curious about you, you need to check out the flagship Fujimori Designs Store, called Adam, located in Tokyo.
Name: Fujimori Designs
Address: 154-0004, 1F Belage, 1-39-7 Sangenjaya, Setagay-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30-19:00
Phone Number: (+81) 3-3418-7008
Bizarre is one place that is truly unique. It does exactly what it says on the tin. The designs are out of the ordinary. The designs are a mix of gothic medieval and modern gothic. They do a variety of things from neck chains to bracelets and rings. Their catalogue is extensive so if you like this type of design then you will certainly find something you will like. They also have some unique gift wrapping also for those special people you want to buy a present for. They wrap their jewelry carefully and place them in a jet black box. They then wrap them in ribbon that is embroidered in their logo. Their flagship store is the Bizarre gallery in Tokyo. It is worth seeking out. If you are not planning on visiting Tokyo very soon then often you can find Bizarre jewelry online in many different places. But please be aware of counterfit jewelry. That is the last thing you want when you are buying a perfect piece for yourself.
Next up we have Artemis Classic. Artemis Classic is another unique brand that appeals to the more modern style of man. They have cool designs that tap into old fashioned classic and morph it with modern suave designs. They have various collections that delve into the different mythical stories. Such as the Icarus collection that showcases mythical stones and feathers like you would find in a Phoenix. Phoenix is a collection they expanded this year focussing on solely that mythical creature. Or the Alchemist collection which, as it sounds, gets its inspiration from ancient Alchemy. This company was founded in nineteen ninety nine and has grown ever since. They thrive on creating top quality items made from the very best Japanese silver and Japanese leather. This brand also creates the perfect attire for a quality match to their jewelry.
Name: Artemis Classic
Address: 2-11-10 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka
Phone Number: ＋81-6-6213-2460
Business hour: 12:00-20:00
Last but not least is Ken Blood. Ken Blood is truly one for the more sophisticated man. They create esquisite jewelry from top quality silver. The head designer is a man named Kenichi Yamamoto who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company itself. This man has been designing for many years but Ken Blood is by far his most popular venture. He is known in the fashion world as one of the best designers of mens jewelry that has ever been. Celebrities and models often have used his items all over the world. This man is not to be confused with the famous mixed martial artist of the same name.
No matter the items you are looking for, Japan will have it. Designers and collections range from the completely minimal to the out of the box crazy and everything in between (modern, medieval and gothic being just three styles). You can buy the perfect ring, bracelet, ear rings or neck chains and maybe even the perfect attire to match. The men’s fashion industry is bigger than ever all over the world. And the Japanese are at the forefront of that and thus are the catalysts for change in the industry so when their models wear these pieces of jewelry they fly off the shelves very fast. Not just in the past but all over the world. Happy jewelry shopping.
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