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KYOCERA’s “Kyoto Opal” Sparkles in KOKOIST’s New Nail Gel

One-of-a-kind opal material to be applied in nail art for the first time

September 1, 2015
Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) announced that its original decorative material, “Kyoto Opal,” is being utilized in KOKOIST’s new line of nail gel products. The new product, “KOKOIST Gem Gel Series,” was launched in the United States on September 1 and is available through KOKOIST’s web site (!shop/cilf). This represents the first time that Kyocera’s Kyoto Opal is being used for a decorative application in nail art.

Photo: Nail art utilizing “KOKOIST Gem Gel Series”
Nail art utilizing “KOKOIST Gem Gel Series”

The new nail gel was developed by integrating Kyocera’s original gem-synthesis technology cultivated over the years with KOKOIST’s expertise in creating professional nail gel with high flexibility. Kyocera’s Kyoto Opal is cultivated with a quartz-grain structure identical to that of naturally occurring opal. Flecks of Kyoto Opal suspended in the gel add a unique aesthetic and deep radiance. KOKOIST chose Kyoto Opal because of its rich luminance and flexibility, which offer nail artists limitless design possibilities.

Color variation of the “KOKOIST Gem Gel Series”
Photo: White Opal
White Opal
Photo: Sapphire Opal
Sapphire Opal
Photo: Turquoise Opal
Turquoise Opal
Photo: Ruby Opal
Ruby Opal
Photo: Amethyst Opal
Amethyst Opal

About Kyoto Opal

“Kyoto Opal” is a synthetic opal material developed by Kyocera with a unique aesthetic quality that cannot be duplicated by other molded resin-based products. Using special coloring techniques, Kyocera creates Kyoto Opal in a variety of rich and subtle hues and tints. Further, by overcoming the inherent brittleness of naturally occurring opal, which tends to split and crack, it is possible to cut the Kyoto Opal into diverse shapes.

Kyocera has been providing opal gemstones in markets outside Japan since 1992, launching the “Kyoto Opal” brand in Japan in 2008 as a unique decorative material. Since then, it has been utilized in a growing range of products including Casio’s G-SHOCK and SHEEN lineup of wristwatches, brand emblems on Mitsuoka automobiles and protective screen covers for iPhones.

Kyocera this year marks the 40th anniversary of its recrystallized gemstone technology, which it commercialized in 1975. In addition to synthetic opals, its jewelry business includes recrystallized emeralds, blue sapphires and rubies, which are cultivated under carefully controlled conditions by applying fine ceramic crystallizing technology.