Making a ring in wax.
Designer ＊ Maya Nishimura
Born in Tokyo, raised in California and Japan, Maya has a multi-cultural background since the age of 5. After receiving BFA in furniture design and architecture from Otis College of Art and Design, Maya came across the lost wax technique in jewelry making. In 2003, Maya launched "ileava jewlery" a word describing the highest quality of something that is pure.
In 2007, Maya relocated to Tokyo to open up her studio and store, located in the central Tokyo. Inspired from everyday surroundings, dreams or the childhood memories, Maya creates miniature sculptures everyone can relate to.
ileava jewelry's studio at ileava & co.
Our jewelry at ileava & co.. is all handmade. Not only 'ileava' is expressed in the jewelry, it's world is reflected in the store itself. When you enter ileava & co., you'll notice a big tree greeting you. As you walk through the store, you'll find handmade forest trees and shadow boxes along with more than 500 handmade pieces by 13 different artists. Every time you step into the store, we want you to have a different shopping experience, discovering something new.
Making each day count.
We want our jewelry to be something that makes your everyday a little bit more special. Something that is wearable everyday, but maybe makes even those rainy days more enjoyable because you are wearing a rain cloud necklace.