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About

THE COMPANY

KiraKira began in 2010 while designer and founder, Suz Somersall, lived and studied jewelry and metalsmithing in Italy and Japan. Dedicated to translating the beautiful natural landscapes and exquisite architecture that surrounded her into wearable art, she set up shop in her Japanese apartment and starting handcrafting pieces.  KiraKira's aesthetic is modern but nostalgic, often sourcing inspiration from the world's most exotic locations.

Suz Somersall's love for jewelry and adornment began at an early age. Born and raised in New Orleans, living in this carnival city with French and Spanish influences, the opulent architecture, costumes and environment of New Orleans filled her with a great appreciation for design.

Her interest in form and shape grew as she studied the silhouetted artwork of Kara Walker as an undergraduate at Brown University, and then as a graduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design. She went on to pursue her passion for design in ateliers in Tuscany and on her own in Japan.

These locations, varied in their patterns, landscapes, and histories, form the diverse collection of Suz' s jewelry. Oxidized cherry blossoms, pearl studded antlers, empty Baroque cameos: all her inspirations begin as silhouettes and end as intricate adornments.