The kataoka Story

kataoka is a fine jewelry company founded in 2011 in Tokyo, Japan by Yoshinobu Kataoka, an artist and goldsmith with over 25 years of experience. Since its foundation, kataoka has pursued timeless beauty through the creation of wearable art. This pursuit has manifested itself in different forms—Authentic designs, hand-made milgrain edges, innovative diamond cuts and settings, and custom-blended gold—but the vision behind each piece of jewelry has remained the same.

During this journey, it has often been necessary to look back in order to move forward, which might be the simplest way to articulate the philosophy of kataoka jewelry. kataoka jewelry is on a journey to understated elegance, simplicity, and excitement through the creation of heirloom jewelry that transcends times and lasts for generations, and the products and collections that are born in our Atelier are our most honest attempts at reaching those goals.

Attention to Details

Attention to Details

kataoka jewelry is masterfully made by hand in Tokyo using precious gems and metals. The gold is custom-blended to Yoshinobu Kataoka's specifications and is exclusive to our brand. Precious gemstones cutting, milgrain edges and other finishing touches are all applied by hand, and the use of traditional crafting techniques emphasizes the beauty of our natural materials.

Conflict-Free Materials

Conflict-Free Materials

kataoka is luxury defined by the quality of craftsmanship applied, the individuality of designs developed, and the absolute infatuation with using the finest materials attainable. kataoka uses the highest quality ethically sourced noble metals, diamonds, and natural untreated precious gems.

Low Impact Production

Low Impact Production

Over the past 40 years, the global jewelry market has been saturated with poorly crafted, homogenized, and over-priced jewelry that produce a staggering amount of toxic industrial waste.

Having its roots in Japanese heritage of incomparable craftsmanship and understated elegance, kataoka jewelry was founded as a response. No harmful chemicals are used in the kataoka jewelry production process. All jewels are handcrafted with gemstones and diamonds that are handpicked and handset, and produced in limited quantities to ensure minimal environmental impact.

We back everything we create, all kataoka jewelry creations come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Yoshinobu Kataoka

Yoshinobu Kataoka

kataoka jewelry is the vision of Japanese artist and goldsmith Yoshinobu Kataoka and is the culmination of 25 years of expertise.

He has always been driven by the desire to create and handcraft delicate jewelry that transcends times and creates a feeling of excitement for whoever sees them.

Our Flagship Locations

New York Flagship Store

New York Flagship Store

Opening Hours

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekends
1 p.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays
Closed on Mondays

Contact

Email: info@kataoka-jewelry.com
Tel. (212) 966-9005 (during store hours)

Tokyo Flagship Store

Tokyo Flagship Store

Opening Hours

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekends
1 p.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays
Closed on Mondays

Contact

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Mount Fuji, Japan.

kataoka is proud to provide a Limited Lifetime Warranty on all kataoka creations.

This warranty applies only to the original purchaser and is non-transferable. This warranty covers breakage or malfunction under normal use due to defects in material or craft. We will repair, or at our option, replace any defective kataoka piece with the same or if unavailable, a comparable design. This warranty does not cover damage as a result of abuse, misuse, loss or theft of your kataoka jewel(s).

kataoka does not endorse or approve any third-party alterations or adjustments to your kataoka jewel(s). Accordingly, any third-party alterations or adjustments will void your Limited Lifetime Warranty.

If you purchased a kataoka creation from one of our authorized retailers, please contact them for details on how to execute this warranty.

Custom-Blended Metals

From left to right, 18k Rose Gold - 18k Beige Gold - 18k Grey Gold - Platinum 900

kataoka is luxury defined by the quality of craftsmanship applied, the individuality of designs developed, and the absolute infatuation with using the finest materials attainable.
All gold that is used in kataoka creations is not only ethically sourced but also recycled from the Japanese semiconductor industry at a purity of 99.9%.

Once acquired, the design process begins with developing gold options that are both romantically antique and excitingly modern.

kataoka rose gold has a hue soft and warm as skin with a more gentle approach than the current rose gold on the market. Beige gold is a honeyed yellow that is silky and subtle enough to let the gemstones unquestionably sparkle. Platinum is blended to create maximum shine and the durability that this precious metal is known for.
This obsession with detail and passion for excellence is what makes each piece of kataoka jewelry unique.

Client happiness and satisfaction are at the forefront of this experience, and as such, all our custom-blended metals nickel-free and hypoallergenic.

Career Opportunities

We are currently seeking candidates for the following positions.
If you think you meet the requirements to join our amazing team and help us take kataoka to the next level,
please send us your resume and cover letter to career@kataoka-jewelry.com

New York Flagship Store Manager

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced Store Manager to lead the new kataoka jewelry store in New York. The Store Manager is responsible for managing all functions of the store as well as the staff, and works closely with all departments to ensure daily operations of the store — including customer service, sales, operations, communication, marketing and merchandising.

Customer Service

  • • Provide the highest level of customer service.
  • • Build and maintain repeat clientele.
  • • Resolve all client problems and complaints quickly and effectively.
  • • Provide assistance to all customers with special attention to customer service issues.
  • • Work with marketing and PR for planning and execution of events and initiatives.

Sales Generation

  • • Meet store sales goals.
  • • Tracking, monitoring, and communication of the business results to our corporate office located in Tokyo, Japan.
  • • Ensure an elevated level of sales and service is practiced by all employees; lead by example.
  • • Development of sales technique to optimize sales and customer satisfaction.
  • • Ensure all sales related policies and procedures are maintained.
  • • Develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the creations.
  • • Maintain a keen interest in the jewelry industry and market trends.

Operations

  • • Collaborate with our corporate office in areas of risk management, store cash controls, inventory management.
  • • Understand and properly execute all management register functions.
  • • Manage store budget.
  • • Collaborate with our corporate office for deliveries, orders, custom designs and shipments.
  • • Cross reference with corporate office to plan retail calendar.
  • • Hire staff as needed and provide staff with store schedules.
  • • Manage store email.
  • • Manage PR with PR agency for loan in/outs.
  • • Planning and forecasting for store and staff.

Branding/Visual

  • • Implementation and maintenance of all visual merchandising.
  • • Ensure the selling floor is neat, clean and organized.
  • • Ensure the maintenance of the store is completed.

Human Resources

  • • Recruitment, training and development of staff.
  • • Ensure image and grooming standards are professional, reflective of the brand and adhered to at all times.

Application Guideline

Experience

Previous relevant work experience a must. Candidate should be goal oriented with the ability to multi-task in a very fast-paced team environment. Exceptional communication skills vital (writing, listening, speaking, presenting).

Compensation

Salary and benefits to be determined based on applicant's skill set.

Basic Qualifications

  • • Degree of Higher Education a plus.
  • • Previous relevant work experience a must.
  • • Thorough understanding of the fine jewelry industry a plus.
  • • Ability to learn and adapt quickly.
  • • Japanese language ability (daily conversational level) preferred but not a must.