Ishihara is a young newcomer, so most of his jewellery is affordable and small. He has no high jewellery. But there is something about his jewellery that attracts people.
The remarkable thing is that his collections are all handmade – from the gold spheres down to the chains. The half-sphere pearl pins are hand forged, not machine made.
“Half Pearl Pins” 0 degrees, 45 degrees, 90 degrees, 135 degrees, 180 degrees,
in 18K yellow gold with Japanese cultured pearls.
In his square earring, drawn from a single gold chain, every tiny link is glued by his persevering hands. It dangles from your ear without a clasp.
“Chain Pierced Earring 04” in 18K yellow gold.
His jewellery is very simple – no lovely hearts, no flowers, and no butterflies. Its minimalism might be close to Bauhaus, or the world of Zen. In one of his rings, a segment is cut out, turned upside down, and reattached. That’s all of this design.
“Under Bow Ring” in 18K yellow gold with silk finishing.
I am curious to see whether he stays with these tiny, affordable jewellery pieces, or if he will achieve greatness with more monumental work. I also wonder if the Japanese market will foster his great talent and allow him to grow into a major figure.