Sakura Haru is her given name. In Japan, sakura symbolizes hope, and haru means “spring.” There, the arrival of cherry blossoms has long heralded the season’s beginning and is a time to gather and celebrate.
Sakura grew up in tropical Okinawa. She loved the vibrant colors, and Okinawa’s lush beauty continues to inspire her work.
Later, Sakura studied art and focused on painting, museum studies, and sculpting. After college she moved back to the Bay Area to rediscover where her Mom lived in her 20s and where her parents met. She spent the next seven years in the jewelry industry, and learned a great deal about craftsmanship, custom design, and co-creation with customers. When she turned thirty, Sakura launched out on her own.
“Jewelry is everyday, practical art for people. It celebrates life and love, so it gets passed down. I hope that whatever I make will be cherished for generations. I want my pieces to last like the memories they represent.”
For her ceremonial and wedding pieces, Sakura works collaboratively with each couple to create jewelry that honors their families’ heritage while expressing the couple’s unique story. Her rich experience in custom design guides clients through the process.
“When working on a surprise ring for an engagement, I’ll try to find out as much as possible about the person who will wear it. Like, ‘What kind of shoes does she wear?’ I think this tells you a lot about a woman.”
Reflecting Sakura’s appreciation of nature and people, she crafts her pieces using sustainable practices and recycled gold from an eco-certified refinery.
Now California is where she continues her explorations in metal, stone, and symbol—pushing practical art experience forward while telling stories through jewelry. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Kush, and her dog, Miso.