Called kintsugi (金継ぎ), or kintsukuroi (金繕い), literally golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”).
Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese practice that highlights and enhances the breaks in pottery, thus adding value and beauty to the broken object.
This traditional Japanese art uses a precious metal— liquid gold, liquid silver or lacquer dusted with powdered gold— to bring together the pieces of a broken pottery item and at the same time enhance the breaks. The technique consists in joining fragments and giving them a new, more refined aspect. Every repaired piece is unique because of the randomness with which ceramics shatters and the irregular patterns formed.
My interpretation for my Kintsugi Malas is one of random 'cracks' in the Mala, represented by golden beads that express the wearers precious scars, which are completely unique to each one of us. I am in love with this concept and plan to make many more.
We can learn from our negative experiences, take the lessons from them, and realize that exactly these experiences make each person completely unique and precious. A wonderful work of art, even more beautiful than the original!
If you would like a particular stone, I can, and would love to make a custom Kintsugi Mala just for you!