KINTSUGI

Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

THERE’S A JAPANESE TRADITION CALLED KINTSUGI

Which I find so fascinating that I caught myself spending hours and hours researching the concept.

Loosely translates to ‘Golden Joinery’ and it’s meant to fix what’s broken but too good to be discarded. It began with pottery and dates back to the 15th century, as an aesthetically pleasing means of repair.

The Japanese used gold dust and resin or lacquer to attach broken pieces or fill in cracks and crannies.

Instead of saying goodbye to a broken item they breathed new life into it, mending it with gold and making it more beautiful than ever.

By highlighting and emphasizing those imperfections they celebrated change as an event in the life cycle of an object rather than the end of its service.

PRECIOUS SCARS.

Displayed with pride.

THAT’S MY KIND OF ART


Interesting life lesson. Aren’t we all broken one way or another?

You can’t go through life without breaking a bone or two. Or a dream that never came true.

But it’s those moments that make us who we are and you get to choose:

Either stay bitter and broken or accept things and glue yourself back together with gold, more beautiful than ever.

It’s gonna cost you something.

Gold doesn’t come cheap.

Self-improvement doesn’t come cheap.

It’s an investment. In yourself.

Balacia’s Boho Luxe Collection

…inspires me repeatedly to be more aware of that.

This feeling of the sensuous and luxurious is implicit within the whole collection.

All the pieces have gold accents in a wonderfully unexpected way.

At the same time, the personal element is also present.

I’m Greek, and ‘the eye’ is a traditional talisman, meant to protect the wearer from malevolent glares and negative intentions.

Even though there’s nothing stereotypically Greek about me I find it nostalgic and a bit romantic to have something that reminds me of my roots.

It may not protect me from negative thoughts but it surely pulls me back into reality every time I unconsciously touch it and feel the gold, kintsugi-like accents.

It reminds me to seek unifying elements for all my broken pieces and find beauty in the world’s imperfections.

 

Eye Pendant
Blanca Yuri Earrings
Multicolor Stackable Bangle
Pink Geo Ring

Until the next one,

23 thoughts on “KINTSUGI

  1. Wow this jewelry is very interesting and I do love boho vibes. I really love the eye pendant and the meaning behind it. I’ll have to go check this shop out.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you, Terri! It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

  2. Neely Moldovan says:

    I have never heard of this but its super interesting. Love the all the pieces!

  3. Joline says:

    That’s a really interesting concept. I love how can make something new again. And wow, these pieces look gorgeous.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Joline! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  4. This is a new concept for me too, but I like the analogy you made to real life. It’s so true that we can either hide the imperfections or be perfectly ok with it all. I knew a girl in college who’s family is Greek and she never went anywhere without wearing an “eye” somewhere.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      ha! greeks and their talisman eye LOl!

  5. This is something new to me but it’s so true.. Nothing is perfect yet the imperfections makes everything so unique. I like the pink geo ring.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      perfect imperfections, right?

  6. Christa says:

    What stunning jewelry to evoke such a beautiful idea. I’ve read about kintsugi before and this interpretation reminded me how fascinating it is.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hey Christa! It’s so fascinating indeed! We are so on the same page!

  7. I’ve heard of this concept a few times. It’s definitely something we need more of in life. I love the piece you are wearing and the white suit!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Angela!

  8. Shar says:

    So right! This concept reflects many realities of life. It’s sheer wisdom to learn from. I also like the eye pendant.

  9. Tonya Morris says:

    I love this! What a beautiful concept to take something and make it whole again, like self care!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yes! Exactly like self-care!

  10. Lina Melo says:

    It’s the first time that I hear about this concept. Love this piece so much! It looks amazing. I want one of this so badly

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      It’s mind-blowing, isn’t it? I felt the same way the first time I read about kintsugi!

  11. Geraline Batarra says:

    Your jewelry sounds so interesting. And I definitely get why you are so fond with your style and accessories. The pendant is so nice. Love the boho vibes.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Geraline! I love this pendant so much, it reminds me of all things with keeping 🙂

  12. Melanie williams says:

    I completely get this and yes you are so right. There are imperfections, but this is what makes things unique for sure. Love the pendant too btw – beautiful xx

  13. Courthey says:

    I’ve heard about that Japanese tradition a few times. Such a cool concept of fixing things with gold. Btw, the pendant is gorgeous

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