We want our jewelry to be something that makes your every day a little bit more special. Maybe those rainy days are more enjoyable because you are wearing a rain-cloud necklace.
All ileava jewelry is handmade in the heart of Tokyo, Harajuku Omote-sando, by Maya Nushimura.
Her love for creation results in delicate gold and diamond jewelry, one-of-a-kind pieces, or casual everyday pieces. Whether for yourself or a gift for a special someone, you can find something for everyone.
From the whimsical and playful world where a teddy bear and his friends await to hug your finger, various elements are picked out to become ileava jewelry.About us
Come by our Tokyo store to see our jewelry in person and try them on!ileava & co. Harajuku Omote-sando
Making a ring in wax.
Designer ＊ Maya Nishimura
Born in Tokyo, raised in Northern California. Growing up in a multi-culture environment, she was exposed to both Japanese and the western art since she was very young. She came across and immediately fell in love with the art of jewelry making after receiving BFA in furniture making and architecture at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. In 2003, Maya launched "ileava jewelry," a word describing the highest quality of something that is pure. In 2014, Maya opened her studio and store at the current location in the heart of Tokyo.
"One of my first pieces was a Teddy Bear.
There was a Teddy Bear that my sister would take everywhere we went when she was little. He was always with the family.
As she got older, he would be left there on her bed all the time.
The idea of making a Teddy Bear as a ring that you can always share your experiences with, even as a grown-up, was the beginning of ileava.
The bear now takes me around the world he lives in.
I take out different elements and images from this world and turn them into pieces of jewelry or miniature sculptures that everyone can wear."
ileava & co. has Maya’s studio built in
Our Tokyo store is not just a place to see and try on our jewelry but also a place to experience the world of ileava. When you walk into ileava & co., you'll notice a large tree greeting you and fluffy clouds painted on the walls. As you walk through the store, you'll find many handmade objects that make you feel like you are in the world of ileava, along with hundreds of handmade jewelry by ileava and other eclectic designers from the U.S. and Japan. Every time you step into the store, we want you to have a different shopping experience, discovering something new.