Koko-Soko, japanese glass jewelry

Zaragoza, Spain

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Sara López

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Sara López


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About KokoSokoJewels

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On Etsy since 2017

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As you can read in my profile (https://www.etsy.com/people/SaraKokoSoko?ref=pr_profile), I started Koko-Soko in 2015. I was already passionate about beaded jewelry and making my own designs, and since I have a background in industrial design, starting my own brand seemed like a logical step to take. I started selling through my webpage (www.koko-soko.com) to spanish clients, but after two years I feel the need to broaden my horizons, and Etsy is the perfect place to do just that.
If you take a look at my store you will see that I work mainly with japanese glass beads, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver and semiprecious stones. If you want to know more about these materials, just keep reading:
- Japanese glass beads -
It’s called japanese glass, because the two most important companies, the oldest and with better quality beads, are Japanese (Miyuki and Toho).
They’re perforated pieces made out of glass, which come in many shapes and sizes, and which have different coatings applied to, to achieve different finishes (shiny, metallic, opaque, transparent, matte, etc.).
- Czech glass -
In the Czech Republic there are many glass manufacturers and many different products. Typical round Czech faceted beads are not machine-cut like those of Swarovski, but fire-polished. This means they are less sparkly (since the facets are not so defined), but in return they have a very wide range of colors and finishes which makes them very attractive.
This doesn’t mean that they don’t make cut pieces too: there are companies like Preciosa that are not so far from Swarovski in quality and brightness, although I don’t usually use them.
In addition to round beads there are other types of pieces like: twins, bugles, tiles, bricks, etc, which I include in my designs for their versatility and variety.
- Swarovski crystals -
Although there are many brands and types of cut glass, for their superior quality I work with Swarovski. I use faceted crystals (rivolis) as centerpieces, bicone-shaped crystals, round glass beads, cabochons, teardrops, etc.
- Semiprecious stone -
There are approximately 130 mineral species classified as semiprecious, in addition to amber, which is fossilized plant resin.
I usually use amethyst, turquoise, malachite, agate, tiger's eye, cat's eye, quartz, lapis lazuli, jasper, onyx, sun stone, larimar, limonite, unakita and many more because the truth is, that I love them all!.
- Sterling silver, brass, zamak and other materials -
In earrings, whenever I can, I use sterling silver, and failing that, hypoallergenic materials like zamak (silver plated) or brass. In bracelets, due to the necessary width of some clasps, I only use sterling silver on request, as it increases the price of the finished product.
- Other -
Occasionally, I also use other materials such as resin cabochons, murano glass and generally pieces that catch my eye and meet my quality standards.

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