With an emphasis on femininity and understated beauty, each piece of jewelry from Yuko Ebina Designs is handcrafted and made to order. All of the pieces use the finest quality semi-precious and precious stones, yellow and white gold, sterling silver, and gold-filled findings that are delicately sweet and timeless.
Coming from a lineage of artists in her family, art and design come second nature to Yuko. A box of colorful beads that was given as a gift when she was a child was received with much delight, and sparked a lifelong fascination in jewelry. A second-generation Japanese-American, Yuko was born in Washington, but soon relocated with her family to Belgium. Her childhood was filled with many happy memories of visiting lace shops in Brugge, enjoying the colorful tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland, to shopping for trinkets at the Christmas Shop in Rothenburg, Germany. She and her family moved to the U.S. six years later, this time making their home in a small New England town in Massachusetts. Her quest to see more of the world led her to the West coast for school where she attended the University of California, San Diego, but her desire to travel and experience life in her native country took her abroad again, this time to Tokyo, Japan. Her travels have subsided briefly for now, as she has made her home in Los Angeles, but her pieces are reflective of her worldwide travels and appreciation of nature.
Yuko's passion for jewelry has been known by her family and friends, and after several years of encouragement and requests from brides-to-be for customized jewelry, she found the courage to pursue her hobby and dream as a possible career path. The bright plastic beads that once adorned her wrists as a young girl have now been replaced with delicate strands of gold and precious gems. Yuko draws inspiration from her mother, the arts, and changing seasons in creating her pieces.
Yuko enjoys designing jewelry, but considers the ultimate reward to be the client's happiness. To be able to help a woman put the final touches to her look, and ultimately, to help her feel beautiful is one of the most fulfilling things for Yuko.