Komon Nahoko Isota Coloured Tamahagane Brooch
Nahoko Isota, who lives in Okuizumo, Japan, is an accessory artist - a craftsperson that makes jewelry out of Tamahagane.
The natural beauty of Okuizumo City contains the abundance of mountains, sprawling fields, and winding rivers. The picturesque outdoors called to her, as it does to visitors from all over the world.
Notably, Okuizumo City is also famous for “ Nittōho Tatara” - the only Tatara in Japan that continues to make Tamahagane, the raw bloom-steel used in crafting Japanese swords. Nittōho Tatara is the only group which is managed by "The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords". Forged in traditional ways developed more than 1000 years ago. The Tamahagane produced from Nittōho Tatara is of the highest purity, and this manual forging process results in a unique, imperfect shape, and allows for the steel to take on all kinds of beautiful blues, oranges and purples.
From her first introduction through her work with nature, Nahoko was beset with desire to create works of art from this material, and to show the world beauty contained therein.
We hope you will love and take care of these precious pieces.
How to properly care and use Tamahagane jewelry:
-Because Tamahagane is semi-raw unprocessed carbon steel, it is prone to rust if left wet for long periods of time. Keep dry during and after wearing it.
-The Tamahagane jewelry has been treated with rust proofing spray, so we don't recommend putting anything extra on it.
-Due to its rough surface, it may have sharp edges, so please take care when wearing.
-Please do not wear Tamahagane jewelry near the skin if you are sensitive or allergic to metal jewelry.
Brooch Pin Material: Stainless Steel
Craftsman: Nahoko Isota
*Please note that Komon products vary, making each item unique. There may be some slight variations in size, finish, and texture from the photo presented here.