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

September 1, 2015
By Business Wire News

KYOTO, Japan

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) 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.

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Nail art utilizing “KOKOIST Gem Gel Series,” the new line of nail gel products utilizing Kyocera’s Kyoto Opal (Photo: Business Wire)

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.

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.


Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2015, the company’s net sales totaled 1.53 trillion yen (approx. USD12.7 billion). Kyocera appears on the latest listing of the “Top 100 Global Innovators” by Thomson Reuters, and is ranked #552 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

KYOCERA Corporation (Japan)
Hina Morioka, +81-(0)75-604-3416
Corporate Communications
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