Who started it? Japanese designer Takashi Sol Fuchigami and his wife and creative partner, Salina Khan Fuchigami, launched Diaz Jewelry in 2006. Self-taught silversmith Takashi's background in design and sculpture, fused with Salina's passion for the environment, resulted in a brand combining quality modern design and sustainability. 'Diaz' is their son's name, Zai, spelled backwards, with a 'D' added to symbolise diamonds. The brand is based in Hong Kong and Japan.
Why we love it: the designs are edgy and poetic, with a positive message. Each piece is delicately handcrafted and all materials adhere to universal fair-trade principles. Takashi's fascination with rocks and crystals, the shapes and colours of beetles and trees, and the night sky and space inform his collections. Diaz's flagship jewellery line, the nature-inspired SOL collection, represents quintessential Japanese aesthetics characterised by asymmetry, simplicity and modesty.
What we'd pick: the Iwa Rock necklace (far right; HK$2,880), from the Bonsai series, features a weathered natural rock cast in oxidised recycled sterling silver. Treated to appear aged, it is paired with an oxidised silver 'poppy seed' ball chain. We also like the Third Eye pair of rings (below; HK$1,500 for two, or HK$960 each), from the Celestial series, handmade from recycled sterling silver. The Be Bopp-I ring (bottom; HK$2,800), also from the Celestial series, is a comet-inspired sterling- silver 'sculpture'. The ring is set with 2.5mm brilliant-cut Swarovski zirconia.
Where can you get it? Diaz Jewelry is available online at diazjewelry.com.