“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
I find that whenever I am at a crossroads in my life, there is probably a quote from The Alchemist that will speak to my uncertainty. If you’ve read the book, you know what I mean.

I stumbled into the world of jewelry by accident. As a lifelong athlete (in wrestling, judo, and Brazilian jiujitsu, believe it or not), I was mid-way through a graduate degree in Sport Psychology when the need for a creative outlet became apparent. I was pursuing my dream job--but I was restless. On a whim, I took a jewelry class at the local art academy and knew I had found something I didn’t even know I was looking for. Something beyond the gym, dojo, and classroom.

I began Yū|Mono in 2016 as a fun way to make a little cash while studying full time, but soon realized that it could be so much more. After graduating in 2017, I decided to find out how much more.
So what is Yū|Mono? Mono, in Japanese, simply means “things,” but the Yū is a little more complicated.


The Yū refers to the Japanese aesthetic principle yūgen; a graceful, mysterious quality with a subtle tinge of melancholy. It is vast and deep, and nearly impossible to sum up neatly in a few succinct words. In fact, one could probably write an entire novel on yūgen and still struggle to clearly define it. Despite the difficulty nailing down a definition, it is something we feel intuitively. The experience of yūgen transcends the need for words. The emotions it evokes need no clear explanation; one simply feels.

I currently reside in Honolulu, Hawaii and meticulously handcraft each Yū|Mono piece in my home studio. From the tiniest earring to the gift wrapping on each order, everything is done by hand.

Thank you for being a part of my journey.

xoxo,
Keiko
Yū|Mono