Shihara’s diamond rings are a non-traditional engagement token
Diamond rings project uniquely shaped, finely cut diamonds into unexpected silhouettes
Diamond rings become quirky adornments in Shihara’s hands. The Tokyo-based jewelry brand is bringing a subversive twist to traditional engagement rings with a new collection inspired by a collection of eclectically shaped diamonds.
“My designs may seem minimal because I design them as functional accessories rather than decorative pieces,” Shihara designer Yuta Ishihara tells us. “People are so used to using certain clasps and closures – like the necklace clasp, earring backs, or even buttons – that they don’t get reviewed often. Innovation is about delivering something new and never seen before, so I often try to redefine the way jewelry is worn by rethinking the features that have been passed down for centuries. ‘
The new collection of rings places diamonds in unexpected positions, rethinking classic shapes. Triangle-shaped diamonds flicker on their gold bands, or in other pieces sit, grid-shaped, in circles of gold. Although generally led by design, Ishihara this time brought the unique shapes of diamonds to the fore, with rings designed to accentuate their cuts and character. Thin-cut, diamonds are surprisingly flat and have a larger surface area, which makes them comfortable to wear. Without the need for claws, they can be worn close to the finger.
“Each rough diamond has a unique shape, and diamond prices are calculated based on their carat weight,” Ishihara adds. “Even though the visible area of a diamond is small, it is generally more valuable if it has depth; the less carats it has, the less it is worth, so diamond cutters try to cut the rough diamond as little as possible. In this collection, I have chosen mostly fine cut diamonds, instead of the popular brilliant, princess and emerald cuts which are more commonly available. ‘ §