About the Artist
Yumi Nagumo's love for jewelry started at a young age, first collecting rings from dentist visits, to treasuring gifts from family, and ever since learning to drive & catching the travel bug, searching for unique jewelry at thrift and antique stores on her travels near and far.
Yumi's journey in learning to work with precious metals began in July 2015 with Kelly Allanson at Mountain Gems, and mentorship in lapidary arts with Geoff Cameron at the Port Moody Rock & Gem Club in September 2015. In joining the BC Lapidary Society, and the Creative Jeweller's Guild of BC, she has met and become friends with several rockhounds and artists, Ron Vauthrin & Rosalia Brown are also wonderful mentors.
Making jewelry is a wonderful creative outlet to tune into the self, but Yumi also enjoys demonstrating how she creates her pieces.
She has volunteered as a Demonstrator at the BC Gem Show in Abbotsford (2017, 2018), with the Craft Council of BC on Canada Day (2018), and enjoys meeting like-minded individuals who share similar interests in rocks and minerals, as well as meeting other artists.
Celebrating natural beauty.
My main muse is my home on the beautiful unceded Coast Salish land, on the West Coast of BC. Inspiration comes from scenic day-long hikes, to beachcombing by the Pacific Ocean, I am drawn to incorporating elements of nature, such as wildlife, in my pieces.
I love the feeling of serenity, peace, and magic when immersed in nature.
I enjoy incorporating natural stones, I feel that stones add a heightened element of natural beauty. Natural materials, like the use of stones and bone in jewelry, first caught my attention during travels to South Africa (2004), and the spark to learn about lapidary arts was instilled in Bocas del Toro (2015).
My designs are influenced by the natural wear and darkened tones of antique jewelry, with hints of dainty detail and celestial magic, inspired by jewelry seen during travels to France (2007) and Nepal (2014). I also love the natural textures of mountains, moss, and leaves.
Each piece is thoughtfully planned & carefully crafted in a humble studio in Vancouver, BC.
Statement of Technique
The philosophy behind the jewelry I enjoy making is that each piece is made by my two hands starting from sheet and wire.
From creating custom bezel or prong-set homes for natural stones, hand-piercing images using a jeweller's saw, forming each delicate petal on a flower, curving each feather to create movement, to making jump rings & bails that connect pieces together. I do not use pre-made bezel cups, pre-made prong settings, pre-soldered ring bands, purchased cut outs, or pre-made bails.
Favourite materials include Sterling Silver, 14k Gold filled, and Red Brass.