Japanese Jeweler to Open on Franklin Street

Japanese jewelry company Kataoka is opening its first U.S. shop at 176 Franklin, in what used to be the Gray Graham flagship. According to the website, it’ll open in two weeks (although the scene inside tells another story). More on Kataoka, from its website:

kataoka is a fine jewelry company founded in 2011 in Tokyo by Yoshinobu Kataoka, an artist and goldsmith with over 25 years of experience. Since its foundation, kataoka has pursued timeless beauty through the creation of wearable art. This pursuit has manifested itself in different forms—authentic designs, hand-made milgrain edges, innovative diamond cuts and settings, and custom-blended gold—but the vision behind each piece of jewelry has remained the same. […]

kataoka jewelry is masterfully made by hand in Tokyo using precious gems and metals. The gold is custom-blended to Yoshinobu Kataoka’s specifications and is exclusive to our brand. Precious gemstones cutting, milgrain edges and other finishing touches are all applied by hand, and the use of traditional crafting techniques emphasizes the beauty of our natural materials. […]

kataoka uses the highest quality ethically sourced noble metals, diamonds, and natural untreated precious gems. Over the past 40 years, the global jewelry market has been saturated with poorly crafted, homogenized, and over-priced jewelry that produce a staggering amount of toxic industrial waste. Taking its roots in Japanese heritage of incomparable craftsmanship and understated elegance, kataoka jewelry was founded as a response. No harmful chemicals are used in the kataoka jewelry production process. All jewels are handcrafted with gemstones and diamonds that are handpicked and handset, and produced in limited quantities to ensure minimal environmental impact. We back everything we create, all kataoka jewelry creations come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.