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Our Story

How We Started

Our founder, Kate, started Meirako (Formerly Tiny Zen Memory) in 2018 after an experience with a friend.

Meirako originated from the unfortunate loss of her close friend’s father. Kate made a necklace with the word “proud” — a word her friend's father had repeatedly used to articulate his affection for her friend - in the last letter he wrote before he passed away. 

When she witnessed the overwhelming emotions her friend linked to the necklace, she was convinced that more people could benefit from the same joyous experience.

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long the way, Kate has curated a one-of-a-kind personalized jewelry collection to capture memories from all seasons of life.

We curate each piece with your story in mind and the design process is our opportunity to connect with you with your loved one. We love our clients and value the significance of every story you share, no matter how small. 

Our personalized jewelry encapsulates your fondest memories and commemorates your most meaningful connections. Every personalized piece is customized and handcrafted to uniquely express your sentiments for your loved ones and even yourself.

Meet Kate

Our Founder, Kate Ko, is a pharmacist turned jewelry designer, who studied metalsmithing as a way to tap into her creative side and create meaningful jewelry.

After years of honing her craft, in 2018 Kate launched Meirako (Formerly Tiny Zen Memory) to capture the special bond of love through the jewelry she curates. 

Kate lives with her husband and her son, Leo, balancing life with a busy toddler with creating personalized jewelry and running the Meirako brand.