Designer Keiko Mita has a flair for giving a sculpture-esque look to her creations—that probably has something to do with the fact that she created sculptures before moving to jewelry. The Japanese artist studied fine arts at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, and later earned a degree in jewelry design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
I have always found Mita’s designs to be especially summery—carved with lines that resemble waves of sand and surf, each piece is like the beach in a jewel. And with names like Sea Breeze, it’s easy to see why. But some of her latest designs, when looked at through an autumnal lens, seem perfect for right now. Perhaps it is true that we see what we want to see, when we want to see it: If this is the case, then Mita’s jewels are pretty much ideal for any season, and I can find a reason to celebrate them no matter what the weather or holiday may be.
Visions of wine-kissed red, deep purple, and whiskey brown all bring to mind visions of fall, though the piece pictured at top is a particular favorite of mine. Named Purple Moon, it becomes even more so associated with the season—I picture it like a beacon of light hovering over a cornfield late at night, a scene either properly spooky or beautifully autumnal (or both).
There’s plenty more where these came from—truly, for all seasons.
Top: Purple Moon pendant in 14k white gold, pink gold, and oxidized sterling silver, with 11.12 ct. amethyst cacoxenite quartz, 0.2 ct. t.w. pink sapphires, 0.04 ct. t.w. diamonds, and amethyst bead, $1,850