Byline: Kimberly Forrest
NEW YORK — Mizuki Nagasawa and Alan Golts have a Yin-Yang relationship.
Their East-meets-West partnership — she grew up in Japan and moved to Westchester with her family; he’s from a ranch near San Francisco — is a study in balance.
They met at the School of Visual Arts here, where she was studying sculpture and he taking courses in illustration. They formed their business, Mizuki, two years ago, shortly after finishing school, with Nagasawa designing jewelry and Golts acting as manager and sounding board.
Since its debut in 1995, the sweet, succinct collection, which is based on simple, single freshwater, South Sea or cultured pearls on delicate silver chains, has grown to include precious gold crosses, boxes and flat amulets with embossed script initials. There is a keepsake quality throughout. Wholesale prices range from $80 to $450.
“A lot of [jewelry] designers aren’t interested in fashion,” said Nagasawa, who is also adding larger gems to the line for the first time. “We definitely are. I like to see what’s happening and let things evolve.”
The newest looks include aquamarine and smoky topaz nugget necklaces with freshwater pearl clasps as well as single nuggets on strands of blond hair.
Mizuki is represented by Talavera here.