Claude Designs

Japanese Kin-maki-e Jewelry

Gold Leaf Luxury

To see more of Evelyn's amazing story and her walking tour of Kanazawa, click through to our blog. In addition, Daily Grommet is donating 10% of today's sales of Claude Accessories to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund.

It’s not easy to reinterpret an ancient practice for a contemporary audience, but
designer Evelyn Claude has achieved the perfect balance of traditional craftsmanship and modern aesthetics in her handmade jewelry.

The inspiration is an ancient Japanese technique called Kin-maki-e, where gold powder is dusted onto lacquered designs and polished, layer by layer, to create a fine sparkle. Evelyn has mastered the Kin-maki-e technique and applied it to an innovative paper-like material called Yupo, which she then carves into modern forms to make her distinctive jewelry pieces.

A New Yorker by birth, Evelyn moved to Japan 13 years ago and today is settled in the cultural center of Kanazawa, which sits on the Sea of Japan and is known for its abundance of gold leaf. We heard about her designs from Daily Grommet reader Lauren Scharf Homer, who has been wearing one of Eveyln’s bracelets—and fielding lots of compliments—for about a year.

“Evelyn Claude's jewelry is not only original and beautiful, it's environmentally friendly as well,” Lauren says. “It's reasonably priced and serves as an excellent conversation starter—everyone who sees it wants to know more!”

We couldn’t agree more.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Evelyn

    Greetings from Kanazawa, Japan!

    It’s an honor to be at Daily Grommet today who has kindly extended a bridge across the ocean to

    bring us together. I’m Evelyn Teploff-Mugii, a New York designer, transplanted to this small but

    beautifully preserved historical city rich in the arts and traditional crafts-- a place where creative

    types like me can thrive with endless inspiration all around!

    Today, I’m introducing Claude Kin-maki-e Accessories, (Necklace, Earrings and Bangle).

    It’s a fusion of the past and the present. . . The ancient Japanese decoration technique of Kin-

    maki-e which is then applied onto an innovative featherlight material. Finally, my designs are

    digitally cut into contemporary styles to create unique accessories. Come have a look to see what

    it’s about. . . I’m all ears looking forward to your thoughts and questions!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/25/2011 12:00 PM

    If you haven't clicked through to the blog to see Evelyn's full video, you must do it. It shows you more about how the jewelry is made, about the base material, and you get to see more of beautiful Kanazawa, too.

    It is in the middle of the night right now in Kanazawa, but Evelyn is waking up early and will be with us in a few hours to answer any questions that you have.

  • Kate
    4/25/2011 1:26 PM

    These are absolutely lovely. Truly unique.

  • Evelyn
    Evelyn – Special Guest
    4/25/2011 2:17 PM

    Good afternoon, (good morning) Daily Grommet ...

    So happy to see the story up on the site as well as on your blog. Thank you!

    It's just after 3am here, but am fully awakened by the splendor of it all!

  • Susan
    4/25/2011 2:52 PM

    Hi Evelyn. The video came out great and it's amazing to realize we were there in Kanazawa under the gorgeous cherry blossoms when you made it. Since I saw your jewelry in person I know how exquisite and detailed it is. I'm sure it will be a great success!

  • Evelyn
    Evelyn – Special Guest
    4/25/2011 2:56 PM

    Susan, welcome home!

    Thanks for checking out the video and thank you for visiting us here in Kanazawa. It was our pleasure to have such great appreciators of culture in our town!

  • Akane Nakamori
    Akane Nakamori
    4/26/2011 11:00 AM

    Hi, Evelyn. I am very exciting to see you on the web. As one of your friends I am very proud of you, and I am pretty sure that with you, Kanazawa have opened the new door to the world!!

    Akane Kanazawa Japan

    comment from Margret Wibmer

    Thanks for the video . It is a great feature for you. hello and congratulations!

    big hug, Margret Amsterdam Holland

  • Evelyn
    Evelyn – Special Guest
    5/12/2011 11:57 PM

    Thank you Akane and Margret ... Your support is greatly appreciated!

  • Marci
    5/5/2011 7:48 PM

    Wow, what an amazing find! Such equisite works of art, and so light! I bought the earrings, wore them to work today and was stopped by many people marveling at their beauty and unique look. I intend to add many more pieces to my collection!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/5/2011 9:06 PM

    @Marci: That's fabulous. Thank you for stopping back to share.

  • Evelyn
    Evelyn – Special Guest
    5/12/2011 11:55 PM

    Thank you Marci ... So glad to hear you're happy with your earrings!

    We really appreciate the feedback too.

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