Born in Japan to artistic parents who introduced her to art at an early age, Mio Harutaka has always had an eye for creative design. Inspired by her jewelry designer mother, Harutaka began creating her own whimsical, fanciful pieces and ultimately established her eponymous brand in 2011. “My first memory of creating jewelry was when I was 20 years old,” says Harutaka. Her mother suggested she craft a piece of jewelry to commemorate a Japanese holiday known as Coming of Age Day, a ceremony meant to usher 20-year-olds into adulthood. Harutaka designed two pieces for the special occasion—a ring shaped like her beloved childhood pet rabbit and a daisy ring inspired by her favorite flower. “The process of creating these pieces is the core and inspiration behind the start of my own brand,” she says.