Last week designer Thakoon Panichgul visited Tokyo to unveil the fine jewelry designs he created for Japanese jeweler Tasaki. The Thai-born, New York-based designer told WWD how excited he was to be able to work with the world-renown jewelers, founded in 1954. "I really wanted to just go back to the DNA of what Tasaki’s about, which is beautiful pearls, beautiful materials and beautiful diamonds,” Panichgul said during a press presentation at the Grand Hyatt. “It’s working with the materials, making them feel a bit more sculptural as well, and modern. I wanted to put some youthful spirit into pearls.” Panichgul's eponymous line, Thakoon, has become well known for its artful creations and bright, vibrant designs which he claimed to channel into the delicate pieces. “There’s a tradition here, and they respect that, but they want to move forward as well and make it very modern." This will be Thakoon's first attempt at jewelry design. His premiere collection includes two-finger pearl rings, inverted diamonds and raw pearls on draping lariat necklaces. Prices range from 500,000 yen, or about $5,577 at current exchange, to 3,500,000 yen, or $39,041. Thakoon's collection for Tasaki will debut next April with the opening of Tasaki’s revamped Ginza Tower store in Tokyo.
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