See, feel and experience the beauty of historic European jewelry in the heart of Tokyo.
Sometimes treasures can be found in unexpected places and Japan certainly has more to offer than one might think of. Tokyo-based Albion Art is home to a magnificent collection of antique jewellery covering the Mesopotamia Period to the Art Deco Period. This collection is a journey through time and space celebrating the beauty of exceptional craftsmanship and invaluable gems.
The face behind Albion Art is Kazumi Arikawa, a renowned collector and dealer of antique jewelry and gems. Founded in 1985 Albion Art grew to become one of the most prestigious collections in the world. His collection covers a lot of grounds from masterpieces of art to high-fashion ones, and Mr. Arikawa has especially found a passion in collecting tiaras and cameos. Many of his pieces have previously been owned by well-known European monarchs and looking at these precious pieces is like traveling back in time.
When talking with Arikawa, it becomes clear that collecting and preserving these precious art pieces and making their beauty known to the world have become his life mission. In an interview with Forbes, he said: “The jewel is beginning to be appreciated as a true work of art […]. It is regaining its original, essential role. I hope I am changing art history. Jewelry is the beauty of the universe, the beauty of truth.”
As one of the biggest antique jewellers in the world, Mr. Arikawa is proud to present his large selection of antique gems. His collection has been all around the world as he is a prominent lender to the world’s top museums and gallerists including the MoMA in New York. At the G7 2016 Ise-Shima Summit (Mie prefecture), his collections were even chosen as souvenir for Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, VIPs of G7s and ambassadors of Arabic countries.
In honor of his dedication to preserve these invaluable pieces Arikawa even received one of the highest of recognition of significant contributions to the arts in France, the Order of Arts and Letters. France being the home country to many of the masterpieces in Arikawa’s collection.
Albion Art is not only a collector but also a reputable dealer of these precious art pieces. A new showroom is currently being set up in The Okura Tokyo and it’s grand opening is scheduled for September 2019. Through GOYOH, you will have the unique opportunity to schedule a special showcase and receive VIP treatment at Albion Art’s new gallery. Contact us to schedule your personal appointment with Albion Art’s jewelry experts and learn about the rich history of these historic gems.