Setsuko’s first encounter with metalworking was when she was an art student at a University in Tokyo, where she majored in Japanese blacksmithing, ‘Tankin’, a traditional technique which was used for delicate interior decoration pieces as well as on swords used in the past by Samurai warriors. This technique involves heating metal with high extensibility, such as gold, silver, iron, copper, and beating it with a hammer to create an effect of layered metal which different brightness, nuances and contrast. Revelling in the philosophy of such work – a piece of metal being shaped and molded according to the will and design of human beings, Setsuko is continually reminded of our malleability and propensity to change. Then, she spent 5 years in Florence, Italy, learning jewellery production techniques and also pursued her own production technique, blown away by the organic nature and vitality of jewellery crafted there. With Setsuko’s dual training in Florentine jewellery making and Japanese blacksmithing, she created her own jewellery brand called “AURE”, an Italian word meaning a person’s aura– their unique atmosphere and quality. It is this goal of expressing a person’s personality in a piece of wearable art that culminates in every jewellery creation from Aure.