Maya Nishimura of Ileava Jewelry grew up in both Japan and America. These two opposing cultures instilled important values in Maya that still help her produce her own original luxury fine jewellery today – her attention to detail and the intricacy of her designs were inspired by the Japanese, while the freedom and playfulness in her imagery comes from Americans. Each piece has a theme and story of which Maya is the author. Beginning in sterling silver, she has now moved on to gold, and her ability to incorporate precious gemstones has become more and more refined.
Renowned for: Taking different striking elements and images from the world and turning them into miniature sculptures that everyone can wear.
Handpicked by JewelStreet because: Maya is happiest when she's creating something with her own two hands. She can draw inspiration from people, places, imagery, and even the precious gemstones she works with.