Central Saint Martins student turns to Tanzania for inspiration.

As part of Central Saint Martins’ Neutopia jewellery catwalk show held in March, Japanese-born Yona Kato sent a model down the runway wearing her Chameleon neckpiece.

The neckpiece is inspired by her time spent living and studying in Tanzania.


The bright, textured design was formed using a mix of natural materials including sisal, wire, garnet gemstones and balloons that were knotted and knitted into layers.

Last year Yona won a prize from Swarovski for her jewellery interpretation on the theme glamour.


This article first appeared in the April issue of Professional Jeweller magazine. Are you a student or recent graduate and want to be featured in Bench Fresh? Email info@professionaljeweller.com