Takayas Interviewed by Voyage LA

VoyageLA-interviews_TakayasWe tend to focus on the jewelry that Takayas creates, rather than the man behind the designs but, today, we have something different to share with you.

Takayas was recently interviewed by VoyageLA, a publication dedicated to sharing the stories of Los Angeles’ independent artists, entrepreneurs, and other risk takers who they feel make our city exciting to live in.

If you’re curious to know more about Takayas himself, continue reading to see the interview in its entirety…

Meet Takayas Mizuno of Takayas & Co. in Jewelry District

Takayas at his desk, getting inspiration for one of his custom designs - interview by VoyageLAToday we’d like to introduce you to Takayas Mizuno.

Takayas, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I came to the United States from Japan when I was a student at Illinois State. It was a huge change of scenery: wide, open countryside, lots of space to think. Having that environment to think led me to the decision to start creating jewelry. My father was in the fashion industry, so it’s something I was familiar with while growing up. I had always liked creating, so it was a natural move to try creating jewelry.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road! I’m self-taught. After I decided to design jewelry, I moved to California to attend a jewelry institute in Orange County. Two months after I started, the school shut down. As I already had bought the design equipment for school, I rented an art studio and started to teach myself how to design and create jewelry. Little by little I learned about CAD designing and gained my reputation as a custom jeweler. I’m still learning to this day.

Please tell us about Takayas & Co.
My company specializes in making custom engagement rings. We’re known for translating a customer’s inspiration into luxury jewelry, using principles of art and composition derived from Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. I get a great sense of satisfaction in crafting pieces that are so symbolic and important in our customers’ lives, and am dedicated to making the custom design process enjoyable and fulfilling, making sure our customers are 100% happy with their designs. I’m also proud of my new signature collection, which will be released soon.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I don’t think I would do anything differently – I don’t have regrets, because every mistake I made along the way taught an important lesson about how to run my business. I would say the most valuable lessons I’ve learned are all about establishing trust and good communication with customers. I learned early on to prioritize social media and communications with my sales staff, as these are the avenues that potential customers first connect with our work. Successful custom design is about listening, and establishing that sense of trust from the outset carries through the entire process.

Takayas creating designs using CAD software - VoyageLA interview

Takayas creating a custom design using CAD software

Takayas at the bench , using a torch on a custom ring - VoyageLA interview

Takayas at the bench, using a torch

Takayas setting a center stone in a ring - VoyageLA interview

Takayas setting a center stone

Takayas inspecting one of his rings - VoyageLA interview

Takayas inspecting one of his rings

Takayas setting pave diamonds in a ring - VoyageLA interview

Takayas setting small accent diamonds

Takayas polishing a ring - VoyageLA interview

Takayas polishing a ring

Waxes printed from custom 3-D CAD design created by Takayas - VoyageLA interview

Waxes printed from a custom 3-D CAD design created by Takayas

Waxes printed from custom 3-D CAD design created by Takayas - VoyageLA interview

Waxes printed from a different custom 3-D CAD design created by Takayas

Photo Credit: Elio Tolot

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“Joy’s Ring” – A Unique Solitaire Engagement Ring

Joy's Ring - a unique solitaire engagement ring by Takayas - main imageMark was compelled to contact us when he came across a diamond solitaire ring design that Takayas had previously created, asking if we could make something similar yet unique as an engagement ring for his beloved Joy.

He told us that Joy prefers minimal, simple, clean designs, which is why he was drawn to the first ring. When we asked for images to inspire the new solitaire design, we were pleasantly surprised to receive pictures of Joy’s own artwork!

Joy's artwork: pottery necklaces, used as inspiration for her unique solitaire engagement ring by Takayas

Joy’s pottery necklaces, used as inspiration for her ring’s organic style

Joy's artwork: pottery, used as inspiration for her unique solitaire engagement ring by Takayas

Another piece of Joy’s artwork, which inspired the design of her unique solitaire ring

Mark had many questions before deciding to work with us, and we were happy to answer every one. We later found out the reason for his extraordinary attention to detail: Joy herself creates jewelry and has jewelers in her family as well, so he felt a lot of pressure to make sure the ring he ultimately presented to her was absolutely perfect.

Takayas referenced the images of Joy’s pottery while creating the unique solitaire design, incorporating the soft organic look of her artwork into what would soon become her ring.

Joy's Ring solitaire engagement ring by Takayas -  CAD wire frame -  side view

CAD wire frame rendering of Joy’s Ring

Joy's Ring solitaire engagement ring by Takayas -  CAD rendering - top view

CAD rendering – top view

Joy's Ring solitaire engagement ring by Takayas -  CAD rendering - perspective view

CAD rendering – perspective view

Once Mark had approved of the renderings, he started making plans for his proposal; Since he was in the process of fixing up his new house, he decided to decorate his sunroom with a variety of lights (Chinese lanterns, floating lanterns, tea lights, string LEDs …) and pop the question there. He finished decorating the day the ring arrived, so he was ready to propose that night!photograph of Joy's Ring solitaire engagement ring by Takayas - side view photograph of Joy's Ring solitaire engagement ring by Takayas - perspective view photograph of Joy's Ring solitaire engagement ring by Takayas - front viewI’ll let Mark tell the rest of the story, in his own words:

So, after I made the finishing touches on the decorations, I went to pick up Joy and we went to eat out at a sushi restaurant.  After dinner, I told her I wanted to show here some of the things I’ve been working on at my house (since she knew I was doing a lot of cleaning/house stuff/etc. the last couple days). When we pulled into the garage, I told her to stay there for a little bit.  I went to the room I had decorated and turned on all the lights, (by this time, it was already dark,) then went back to her and blindfolded her.  I led her to the room and started some music, then removed the blindfold.  She was surprised at the decorations but it didn’t really sink in what was happening.  After giving her some time to take everything in, I told her some things, then got on one knee and pulled out the ring that I was hiding under a table.  I proposed, and she said yes! =D

Mark's sunroom, decorated with lights for the proposal

Mark’s sunroom, decorated with lights for the proposal

We were also curious to hear what Joy thought, especially since her own artwork was used as a reference for her special ring’s design:

The ring is extra special to me. I know Mark was very concerned about impressing me and my family, knowing that we have a few jewelers in the family. I wish I were one who could let her boyfriend pick whatever he wants, but my background as an artist and jeweler didn’t allow that. But I didn’t want to pick the ring myself. And that put a lot of burden on Mark.

Nonetheless, Mark did an awesome job paying so much attention and valuing my preferences. I didn’t expect him to show you my own art to use as the inspiration. His thoughtfulness led him to you, and you’ve done a great job helping him meet my expectations. As someone who’s done commissions for other people, I appreciate the talent, skills, and professionalism you have shown. The more I look at the ring, the more I like it! Thank you!

Joy wearing her special ring, designed by Takayas

She said yes! Joy wearing her special ring

We’re so happy Joy loved her ring, and we’re glad we were able to help Mark make a good impression! We wish this lovely couple a lifetime of happiness together!!

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Aztec Initials Wedding Ring

Aztec Initials Men's Wedding Ring by Takayas main imageWhen Jose Luis contacted Takayas to create a unique wedding band for himself, he knew he wanted it to be a square style but, other than that, he was open to design suggestions.

He already owned a square ring that was very comfortable so, since he and his fiancée Susan lived in Los Angeles, they decided to visit our office to show Takayas the square ring and discuss the design of his custom wedding band in person.

During the meeting, Takayas suggested incorporating the couples’ initials (JLE and SAW) into the band’s design. They loved this idea and decided to take a little time to brainstorm additional concepts that they would like Takayas to work with. A few days later, Jose Luis and Susan emailed us inspiration images of an Aztec stone carving and the Hecho en Mexico eagle.

Aztec stone carving used as inspiration for Jose Luis's custom wedding ring by Takayas

Aztec stone carving used as inspiration for Jose Luis’ custom wedding ring

Photograph of Hecho en Mexico eagle, used as inspiration for Jose Luis' custom wedding ring by Takayas

Photograph of Hecho en Mexico eagle, used as inspiration for Jose Luis’ custom wedding ring

Based on these inspiration images, Takayas decided to create a pattern on the ring that would bring to mind a detailed Aztec stone carving. The central element of the pattern, which is repeated on each side of the square ring, is actually their initials! He created stylized letters and then mirrored them to create a unique pattern.

To finish the pattern, Takayas added nine tiny eagle heads on either side of the initials, also mirror reversed for continuity.

CAD rendering of Aztec Initials Men's Wedding Ring by Takayas - angled top view with nine eagles

CAD rendering of Jose Luis’ custom Aztec inspired wedding ring – Can you see the couple’s initials, “JLE SAW”?

Jose Luis and Susan loved how Takayas had interpreted their concepts, and only had one request: to flip half of the eagle heads so “the 4 left-most eagles face left, the 4 right-most eagles face right”. Since there were originally nine eagle heads, Jose Luis asked that a diamond shape replace the one in the center.

CAD rendering of Aztec Initials Men's Wedding Ring by Takayas - top down view with eight eagles and a diamond shape

Revised CAD rendering with eight opposite-facing eagles and a diamond shape

Takayas created a new CAD rendering to reflect this request, and the couple approved the design to be printed in wax in preparation for casting. However, while Takayas was finalizing the design for printing, he was inspired to play around with the design a little more and slightly enlarged each eagle head so that the diamond shape was no longer necessary. Jose Luis and Susan agreed with this revision, which became the final design.

Takayas at the bench, working on the custom Aztec Initials Wedding Ring

Takayas working on the Aztec Initials ring at his bench

Photographs of the finished ring (eight eagles, no diamond shape):

Finished custom Aztec Initials Men's Wedding Ring by Takayas - angled side viewFinished custom Aztec Initials Men's Wedding Ring by Takayas - side view Finished custom Aztec Initials Men's Wedding Ring by Takayas - front view

Jose Luis and Susan are now happily married, and Jose Luis recently sent us a lovely testimonial to share with you:

“It was a pleasure working with Takayas right from the start.  The production of our custom ring was very much a collaborative effort.  Both my wife and I had ideas which we brought to Takayas and he was expertly able to incorporate our ideas while providing suggestions of his own to enhance our ring.  I have received many positive compliments on the ring’s excellent craftsmanship and detail.  Takayas’ process was great, from seeing the CAD design to a model of the ring was great.  It further helped us visualize the ring as it slowly came to life. We would highly recommend Takayas.”

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Nightmare Break & Mirage Split Inspired Wedding Rings

Nightmare Break (aka Nightmare's End) and Mirage Split reality shift combined keyblade Kingdom Hearts inspired wedding ring designs by Takayas Custom JewelryTakayas continues to be inspired by the themes of Kingdom Hearts, adding a few more ring designs to his wedding collection.

Two of the latest design additions were inspired by Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Takayas loves the concept of the Nightmare Break and Mirage Split reality shift keyblades, how they bring Riku and Sora together from their separate dream worlds to form an enormous combined keyblade that allows them defeat their most difficult enemies and obstacles together.

Mirage Split (left) and Nightmare Break (right) with combined keyblade version (center) used as inspiration for wedding rings by Takayas Custom Jewelry

Mirage Split (left) and Nightmare Break (right) with combined keyblade version (center)

Even though the wielders of these reality shift keyblades are friends, not romantic partners, this concept of a strong bond that conquers all translates perfectly to a pair of wedding bands: one in white gold to represent Riku’s Mirage Split keyblade, and the other in yellow gold to represent Sora’s Nightmare Break (aka Nightmare’s End) keyblade.

The two individual keyblades are nearly identical but, aside from the color difference, you’ll notice that the design of the handle guard is different for each keyblade: the design of the Nightmare Break’s guard points up, while the Mirage Split’s guard design points down. Takayas used this same design tactic to differentiate between the two rings, hugging each keyblade’s half-heart and stained glass “teeth” with their respective guard design.

CAD renderings of Nightmare Break & Mirage Split rings designed by Takayas

CAD renderings of Nightmare Break & Mirage Split rings designed by Takayas

These rings were designed to represent a strong bond between two people, making them ideal for wedding rings or even friendship rings. Of course, if made in the same size, these two rings will fit together to form a “combined keyblade” ring so, it’s understandable if you simply want to order both for yourself!

CAD renderings of Men's Oathkeeper ring design by Takayas, inspired by Kingdom Hearts' keyblade

CAD renderings of Men’s Oathkeeper ring design by Takayas

Another recent addition to our Kingdom Hearts wedding collection is a men’s version of the Oathkeeper wedding ring. Takayas increased the proportions of the ladies’ ring to fit a man’s finger, changed it to an all-white design, and switched out the sparkling white accent diamonds for the more masculine look of black diamonds. (Of course, we do know some men love a little sparkle so, this could be made with white diamonds too.)

Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper keyblade inspired wedding rings for men and women, designed by TakayasWhat do you think, could you see you and your partner wielding these matching Oathkeeper wedding bands? Or is the Nightmare Break & Mirage Split combination more your style?

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Final Fantasy XIV Carbuncle Inspired Engagement Ring

FFXIV Carbuncle inspired engagement ring by Takayas Custom JewelryWhen Jonathan and Rachel first began their relationship, they were living several thousand kilometers apart and so a lot of their quality time together was experienced through technology and video games.

Final Fantasy XIV was one of their favorite games to play together; Rachel would always play the Arcanist/Scholar character, and Jonathan usually played as a Paladin. ” We’re sort of a perfect healer+tank match.” Jonathan told us.

Although Rachel usually plays as a Scholar, she also has the ability to play as a Summoner (both are jobs of the Arcanist base class) and absolutely adores the Summoner’s pet carbuncle! Jonathan told us she even owns both of the plushy carbuncles (Emerald and Topaz) and, “if Square Enix were to ever allow Carbuncles to be glamoured over her [Scholar’s] fairies, I think she would do so.”

Plushy carbuncle sold by Square Enix

Rachel owns this plushy Emerald Carbuncle, as well as a Topaz Carbuncle, both sold by Square Enix.

“Knowing that Rachel loves carbuncles (and real cats and dogs),” Jonathan explained, “I thought that an engagement ring highlighting the things she enjoyed in a game that we’ve spent hours playing together would be ideal. I wanted something simple, yet elegant. A design that at a distance looked like a masterly crafted piece of jewelry but, on closer inspection, had subtle meaningful elements that would remind her of our bond.”

Jonathan requested that the center stone be a cushion-cut shape, to represent the book weapon of the Scholar. He also suggested having two abstract carbuncles wrapped around the center stone. Takayas played with this idea but, ultimately, the center stone would need to be round for this idea to work and it would have seriously crowded the side stones (plus, Takayas loved the idea of the cushion-cut representing the book weapon.)

FFXIV in-game screenshot of the Topaz and Emerald Carbuncles, inspiration for this engagement ring by Takayas Custom Jewelry

FFXIV in-game screenshot of the Topaz and Emerald Carbuncles

So, Takayas took the “two abstract carbuncles” idea in a different direction, instead forming the entire ring out of their bodies. As Jonathan requested, at first glance the ring simply looks like an elegant sapphire and diamond engagement ring. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice the abstract forms of the two carbuncles.

The two small pear shaped diamond accent stones represent the head of each carbuncle, their abstract bodies wrap around either side of the ring to create the shank, with their 3-pointed tails meeting underneath the center stone.

CAD rendering of FFXIV Carbuncle Engagement Ring by Takayas side view

CAD rendering – Do you see the ears of the carbuncle extending down the shank from the diamond “head”?

CAD rendering of FFXIV Carbuncle Engagement Ring by Takayas angled side view

CAD rendering – Notice how the carbuncle’s three-pointed tail continues on the other side of the shank.

CAD rendering of FFXIV Carbuncle Engagement Ring by Takayas front view

CAD rendering – Now you can see how the abstract bodies of the two carbuncles are mirror-reversed on either side of the shank.

CAD rendering of FFXIV Carbuncle Engagement Ring by Takayas under-gallery view

CAD rendering – This view shows how the three tails of the two carbuncles meet underneath the center stone.

“I wanted the two carbuncles to represent our individual and unique personalities.” Jonathan said. “The center sapphire was a form of “bond” between us.” And, regarding the design change from using the carbuncles around the center stone to using them to form the ring itself, “I loved it. It fulfilled the idea of two distinct lives coming together as one, and wrapping completely around the band made me think of love being eternal.”

When asked what he thought about his ring once he saw it in person, Jonathan told us, ” I was stunned. I had seen the ring in pictures before it arrived, but they really didn’t do the ring justice. When I had the ring in my hand, I just didn’t know what to say. It was beautiful, and everything I had hoped it would be.”

Photograph of FFXIV Carbuncle Engagement Ring by Takayas - top view view

Photograph of the finished ring

Photograph of FFXIV Carbuncle Engagement Ring by Takayas - angled top view

Photograph of the finished ring

Photograph of FFXIV Carbuncle Engagement Ring by Takayas - angled side view

Photograph of the finished ring

Jonathan proposed to Rachel on a trip to Athens, Italy. That sounded incredibly romantic, so we just had to ask for a description: “The proposal was quiet and personal. Neither of us is big on public places or large crowds. Rachel came to visit me in Athens and I reserved rooms at a hotel near the Acropolis. The room I reserved had a balcony where you could look out at the city, and the Acropolis. I proposed on that balcony. The place is symbolic for history, and now both of us share a piece of history with this ancient site.”

Jonathan and Rachel immediately after he proposed in Athens with his custom Carbuncle Engagement Ring by Takayas

Jonathan and Rachel, immediately after he proposed in Athens

And, when we asked about Rachel’s reaction to the surprise, Jonathan quipped, ” I sometimes refer to Rachel as my little detective or Sherlock Holmes. She admitted that she suspected I may have worked with Takayas, but she didn’t know exactly what I was planning or anything about the design. She was ecstatic about the ring, and its beauty. When I pointed out the hidden meaning, her reaction told me the ring was perfect.”

We really enjoyed creating this special engagement ring for Jonathan and Rachel and wish the happy couple a future of wedded bliss!

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Kingdom Hearts Inspired Wedding Rings

Kingdom Hearts inspired wedding ring collection by Takayas Custom Jewelry

Kingdom Hearts is a series of video games that revolve around a central theme of Heart: love, feelings, memories and emotions. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect inspiration for a collection of engagement and wedding rings?

With that in mind, Takayas decided to create these CAD renderings of ladies and mens wedding rings, inspired by one of his favorite video games, Kingdom Hearts.

The engagement ring in this collection is inspired by the Oathkeeper keyblade, with a Wayfinder inspired setting for the center stone. (If you look closely, you’ll see that the prongs are shaped like the tips of the Thalassa shells!) The Oathkeeper’s angel wing guards frame the center stone, with the blade forming the shank. Finally, sparkling white diamond accent stones represent the keyblade’s kanji symbol for “light”.Kingdom Hearts Collection Engagement Ring by Takayas Custom Jewelry

Oathkeeper keyblade inspiration for Kingdom Hearts wedding ring collection by Takayas

The Oathkeeper keyblade’s shaft displays two hearts, its handle is fashioned after a pair of angel wings, and the teeth are in the shape of the Kanji for “light”. It’s keychain token is Kairi’s Wayfinder, a representation of the Paopu Fruit created from Thalassa Shells.

The ladies wedding band matches the engagement ring, with the iconic crowned heart as the centerpiece.Kingdom Hearts Collection Ladies Wedding Ring by Takayas Custom JewelryTakayas also created two versions of an Oblivion inspired wedding ring for the men. Since the Oathkeeper represents light, and Oblivion represents darkness, together they represent balance and harmony, similar to the concept of yin and yang or the dragon and the phoenix.

Oathkeeper and Oblivion keyblade inspiration for Kingdom Hearts wedding ring collection by Takaya

Together, the Oathkeeper and Oblivion keyblades represent the balance and harmony of light and dark.

The first men’s band incorporates the Oblivion’s Crown keychain token as the centerpiece, flanked by the bat wing guards, with the chain-blade forming the shank of the ring and black diamond accents to represent the Oblivion’s kanji symbol for “darkness”.Kingdom Hearts Collection Mens Wedding Ring 1 by Takayas Custom Jewelry

Oblivion keyblade inspiration for Kingdom Hearts wedding ring collection by Takayas

A chain-like design runs up the length of the Oblivion keyblade, its handle is fashioned after a pair of bat wings, and the teeth are in the shape of the Kanji for “darkness”. It’s keychain token is a black version of Sora’s crown necklace.

The second Oblivion ring gives men the option of having a slightly larger black diamond accent stone as the centerpiece, instead of the Crown token.Kingdom Hearts Collection Mens Wedding Ring 2 by Takayas Custom JewelryIf you feel as though you’ve shared a Paopu Fruit with your partner and your destines are intertwined, let us know which of the designs above would be your choice to commemorate your love.

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Japanese Cherry Blossom Engagement Ring

Japanese Cherry Blossom engagement ring by Takayas - main imageWhen Iain began his search for the perfect ring to ask for Amanda’s hand in marriage, he wanted something simple yet different, ideally a Japanese design that would remind her of their wonderful trips to Japan together. (Their joint fascination with Japanese history, literature, art, food, and language, inspired two trips to Japan within one year!)Hirosaki castle in Japan, surrounded by cherry blossom treeAccording to Iain, “After a few initial choices of jewelers, including some in Japan, I still had some reservations. I found Takayas Custom Jewelry online and looked through his creations. I found one covered in Hibiscus flowers and petals/leaves on the other side. Not only did I enjoy the asymmetry of it, but I was dumbfounded that I had found something I enjoyed looking at that was not just a simple design. I decided to go for it because there was something in the designs that made me trust the artist; I got ahold of Takayas and the rest is history.”

Iain decided he wanted something similar to the hibiscus ring that had grabbed his attention, and discussed with Takayas the idea of creating an asymmetrical design with cherry blossoms instead, with an engraving of the Japanese hiragana characters for their initials, A and I. Takayas also suggested adding small pink sapphires to the center of each cherry blossom to represent the color of the sakura flower.

Japanese characters for A and I

Japanese characters for A and I

Cherry blossoms were chosen as the main element of the design because Iain and Amanda both appreciate Japan’s reverence toward them; a reverence which has inspired cultural themes like mono no aware, “the awareness of impermanence,” emphasized by the windblown petals swirling around the ring.pathway through the cherry trees with blossoms blowing in the wind“To me,” Iain said, “these flowers on the ring represent change, as this was a major step in my life that I did not foresee years ago.”

CAD rendering of cherry blossom engagement ring by Takayas, showing accent diamond option

CAD rendering showing accent diamond option

“Although the idea of change may be associated with negative thoughts and feelings in relation to the passing of moments, Spring will inevitably arrive and on that occasion one should cherish the sight of these captivating flowers.” Iain explained poetically, “This juncture in our lives is to be treasured just like the bloom of the Sakura. However, the absence of these flowers shouldn’t just be centered on the present gone astray but should also remind us that the journey through the seasons is filled with just as much enjoyment, celebration, and distraction as Springtime.”

Japanese Cherry Blossom engagement ring by Takayas - top down viewJapanese Cherry Blossom engagement ring by Takayas - angled side view 2Japanese Cherry Blossom engagement ring by Takayas - back viewJapanese Cherry Blossom engagement ring by Takayas - angled top view“Whenever I look at her ring, look up towards her, and see her smile at me, I think not only of the process of commissioning and production of a gorgeous ring but I see that it represents years of love and many years to come.”

We enjoyed working with Iain to create such a meaningful engagement ring, and were thrilled when he let us know that Amanda had said “Yes!” He also told us, “she loves it and hasn’t taken it off since!” We’re so glad she loves her special ring and wish the couple a lifetime of happiness together!

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“Destinies Become Intertwined” Kingdom Hearts Wedding Bands – Part 2

Kingdom Hearts Oblivion Wedding Ring by Takayas main image

Last week, we shared a special Kingdom Hearts inspired wedding ring that was made for our returning client, Sabrina. This week, we reveal her soon-to-be husband’s wedding band!

Robert’s custom wedding band is based on the Oblivion keyblade, which is often paired with the Oathkeeper (the keyblade inspiration for Sabrina’s matching wedding ring.)

Oblivion and Oathkeeper keyblades from Kingdom Hearts, inspiration for custom wedding rings by Takayas

Oblivion and Oathkeeper are often wielded together. Oblivion represents darkness and Oathkeeper represents light; together, they represent balance, similar to the dark-light balance of yin and yang.

At the center of both wedding bands is the Paopu Fruit charm from the Oathkeeper keyblade, as Sabrina requested, inspired by the Kingdom Hearts legend that says, “If two people share one, their destinies become intertwined. They’ll remain a part of each other’s lives no matter what.”

Kingdom Hearts Wayfinder inspiration image for Takayas Custom Jewelry wedding ring

The Oathkeeper’s charm, Kairi’s Wayfinder, is sewn together from Thalassa Shells to represent the star-shaped Paopu Fruit.

The challenge of this project was to create a pair of wedding rings that looked like a matched set and yet captured the personality and style of Sabrina and Robert respectively.

As with Sabrina’s ring, elements of the keyblade are mirrored on either side of the centerpiece, which helped tie the two rings together.

Kingdom Hearts Oblivion Wedding Ring by Takayas wire frame CAD rendering angled side view

wire frame CAD rendering

Kingdom Hearts Oblivion Wedding Ring by Takayas CAD rendering side view

realistic CAD rendering

The Oblivion’s bat wing hilt guard and bottom of the keyblade frame the Paopu Fruit charm, while the chain blade forms the rest of Robert’s ring. Finally, blue sapphire accents represent the blue-violet gem in the Oblivion’s hilt.

Kingdom Hearts Oblivion Wedding Ring by Takayas angled top down viewKingdom Hearts Oblivion Wedding Ring by Takayas angled side viewKingdom Hearts Oblivion Wedding Ring by Takayas top down view

We truly enjoyed working with this lovely couple again and wish them a beautiful future together!

Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper and Oblivion Wedding Rings by Takayas

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“Destinies Become Intertwined” Kingdom Hearts Wedding Bands – Part 1

Kingdom Hearts Paopu Fruit Wedding Ring by Takayas main imageYou may remember Robert and Sabrina from our earlier story about the Little Mermaid inspired engagement ring Takayas designed for Robert, and the sweet way he chose to propose with it.

Robert's proposal involved a special slide show he made for Sabrina, with friends and family waiting in the wings to surprise the newly engaged couple!

Robert’s proposal involved a special slide show he made for Sabrina, with friends and family waiting in the wings to surprise the newly engaged couple!

The adorable couple returned to us to design their custom wedding rings, this time with a different Disney theme in mind: Kingdom Hearts.

(This week, we’re focusing on Sabrina’s wedding band. Be sure to check back next week to see Robert’s!)

Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper keyblade inspiration image for Takayas Custom Jewelry wedding ringRobert told us they chose Kingdom Hearts keyblades for their wedding bands’ inspiration because they both enjoy playing the game and it brought them closer together as a couple.

Kingdom Hearts Wayfinder inspiration image for Takayas Custom Jewelry wedding ring

Sabrina specifically requested that the Paopu Fruit charm from the Oathkeeper keyblade, also known as Kairi’s Waydfinder, be incorporated in both rings, because of the KH legend that says, “If two people share one, their destinies become intertwined. They’ll remain a part of each other’s lives no matter what.” 

Kingdom Hearts Paopu Fruit Wedding Ring by Takayas wire frame CAD rendering top down view

wire frame CAD rendering

Kingdom Hearts Paopu Fruit Wedding Ring by Takayas CAD rendering side view

realistic CAD rendering

For Sabrina’s custom wedding band, Takayas used the Paopu Fruit / Wayfinder as the central element, forming the rest of the band with a mirror image of the Oathkeeper keyblade, adding accent diamonds for a little sparkle.

Kingdom Hearts Paopu Fruit Wedding Ring by Takayas angled top view of finished ringKingdom Hearts Paopu Fruit Wedding Ring by Takayas angled side view of finished ringKingdom Hearts Paopu Fruit Wedding Ring by Takayas angled top view of finished ringDon’t forget to check back next week to see the mate to this Kingdom Hearts inspired wedding band!

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Oathkeeper & Wayfinder Solitaire Engagement Ring

Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper & Wayfinder Engagement Ring by Takayas with inspiration images in background

David had seen a previous Kingdom Hearts inspired engagement ring that Takayas created and thought his girlfriend, who is a big fan of the video game, would love to have a custom Kingdom Hearts inspired ring herself.

In David’s own words, “I had seen many of Takayas’ beautifully designed rings and only imagined having one created by him. I decided to give it a shot and at least get a quote. I am glad that I did! The staff at Takayas was very friendly and worked with me to make the ring within my budget.”

The two main elements that David requested be used as inspiration for his engagement ring design were the Oathkeeper keyblade and it’s keychain token, Kairi’s Wayfinder, which are associated with love and strong relationships.

Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper keyblade inspiration image for Takayas Custom Jewelry engagement ring

The Oathkeeper keyblade’s shaft displays two hearts, and its handle is fashioned after a pair of angel wings. Its keychain token is Kairi’s Wayfinder.

Kingdom Hearts Wayfinder inspiration image for Takayas Custom Jewelry engagement ring

Kairi’s Wayfinder is a star sewn together from Thalassa Shells, designed to resemble the Paopu Fruit which is said to tie friends together. According to legend, “If two people share a Paopu Fruit, their destinies become intertwined. They’ll remain a part of each other’s lives no matter what”. Due to their special significance to relationships, Wayfinders are used as the keychain token for the Oathkeeper and Brightcrest keyblades.

Since David wanted his engagement ring to have an elegant look while still incorporating Kingdom Hearts elements, Takayas decided to play around with a classic solitaire style.

Takayas used the Oathkeeper as the main design basis for the ring, forming the shank out of the keyblade’s shaft and using the feathery angel wing handle to direct focus to the center stone.

Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper and Wayfinder solitaire engagement ring by Takayas Custom Jewelry, CAD rendering side view

CAD rendering – side view

The Wayfinder charm was used as the setting for the center stone, wrapping around the gem so that the tip of each Thalassa Shell became a stylized prong.

Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper and Wayfinder solitaire engagement ring by Takayas Custom Jewelry, CAD rendering top view

CAD rendering – top view

David also sent us this lovely testimonial:

“I wanted to create an elegant Kingdom Hearts inspired engagement ring incorporating the Oathkeeper and Wayfinder. Takayas captured the design I was looking for and it came out beautifully! Most importantly, my now fiancée absolutely loves the ring! It was a pleasure working with Takayas and we look forward to working with him again for our wedding rings.”

We’re so happy that David’s now-fiancée, Sharon, loves the ring that he asked us to design specifically for her!

Angled side view Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper & Wayfinder Engagement Ring by Takayas Custom Jewelry Angled top view Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper & Wayfinder Engagement Ring by Takayas Custom Jewelry Kingdom_Hearts_Oathkeeper_Wayfinder_Engagement_Ring_Takayas_angled_top_down_view

Since Sharon is a Disney fan, David decided to pop the question at The Happiest Place On Earth: Disneyland! We love how he customized his ring box with Kairi’s Wayfinder, don’t you? We wish this adorable couple a lifetime of happiness, and look forward to creating their special wedding rings!

Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper and Wayfinder solitaire engagement ring by Takayas Custom Jewelry, in ring box

David customized his ring box with a Wayfinder

David and Sharon, newly engaged at Disneyland with their custom Kingdom Hearts Oathkeeper and Wayfinder solitaire engagement ring by Takayas Custom Jewelry

And they lived happily ever after…

 

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