CESTA DI KARATI Designer
原正次 Masatsugu Hara
Born in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture in 1956
Studies nihonga and oil painting techniques from early childhood.
Creates jewelry with a pictorial approach,
beginning the design by drawing parts of human anatomy.
Giving life to <unified elegance of jewelry and human body>.
Drawing inspiration from the cosmic and the natural worlds,
scaling designs from minimal to ornamental,
and continuously creating highly artistic pieces.
CESTA DI KARATI Second generation designer
原メイヤ Meier Hara
Born in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture in 1986 Second generation KARATI.
After graduating from university engages in a different industry and joins KARATI in 2012.
Mainly overseeing international projects through implementation of English and Chinese language skills.
Releases first collection as a designer in 2021.
Creates pieces with a unique approach
while staying true to the KARATI Weltanschauung.
1982 Opening of KARATI Jewels retail store in
Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture
1989 Founding of CESTA DI KARATI Japan Co., Ltd.
2000 Opening of KARATI Ginza Showroom & Office
2002 Acquisition of patent for HARA RING structure
2003-2004 Releasing creations for four Paris Haute Couture
Participating at the jewelry category of
Paris Haute Couture’s brand Jean-Louis Scherrer.
First Japanese jewelry designer
participating at the Paris Haute Couture collection
2006 Opening of KARATI PARIS BOUTIQUE (to 2011)
2010 Displaying creations at an exhibition in Qatar
Participating at the exhibition with an invitation
from Alfardan Group
2012 Launch of the second brand “pug na emily”
created by daughter Emily Hara
2014 Exhibiting at JCK Las Vegas
2017 Opening of KARATI Nihonbashi Takashimaya store
First Japanese jewelry designer present at
Nihombashi Takashimaya department store
2020 First collection release as KARATI designer by son
Meier Hara, second generation creator
In Numazu under Mt Fuji
Expert artisans create
Japan's world-class technical finesse
Numazu City in Shizuoka Prefecture, birthplace of designer Masatsugu Hara
Numazu, a city of abundant nature, surrounded by the sea, mountains and rivers
as well as offering splendid views of Mt Fuji,
is where KARATI headquarters and atelier are located.
KARATI has a total of 18 employees,
while 9 of them work as artisans at our atelier.
Strictly controlled casting preventing porosity
and highly-skilled artisans’ devotion to create haute couture with special pieces
bring about highest quality corresponding to global standards.
Similarly to other industries, the Japanese jewelry industry likewise incorporating
aspects of traditional handicraft skills is facing a decline of artisans preserving long-lasting traditions.
we are aware of the need to succeed the carefully cultivated craftsmanship to next generations,
which is why we have been actively involved in activities for nurturing young artisans.
Young artisans as well have increased to
3 in the twenties and 4 in the thirties at this point,
and they are being taught by a veteran who is in the sixties,
resulting in an intertwinement of skills and spirit with the young generation.
Heading for the world from a small town, called Numazu.
Delivering the sentiment from us, here at KARATI, to people all over the world.