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Behind the Scenes: Creating the Kintsugi Collection

I am so excited to share the launch of my latest creations - The Kintsugi Collection

This collection is inspired by the ancient Japanese technique of kintsugi, where something, traditionally pottery is repaired with gold. Each sterling silver piece is sawed in half and soldered back together with 14k gold to highlight the break as a new part of the whole, and make it stronger than it was originally. 

I created the first version of this piece over ten years ago when my cousin was going through a terrible breakup, hoping this would be a reminder that she would get through this and be stronger and wiser than before. Recently I was thinking about a friend who was fiercely battling breast cancer and wanted to create her something, and then it hit me. Everyday we fight battles, big and small, and it makes us who we are.

I created this collection as a reminder that the scars are what make us beautiful. We carry those pieces with us, and it makes us who we are.

I wanted to share a few pictures from my studio while I was working on these pieces.

First, I use my jeweler's saw frame to saw a sterling silver disc in half and representing two broken pieces.

Then I solder the two silver pieces back together using 14k yellow gold. Gold is a stronger material than silver, and also highlights the break instead of hiding it. I use an acetylene torch to heat up the metals until the gold floods over the silver to bond the pieces together.

Now the piece is one again. I intentionally leave the gold solder on the silver piece to highlight the break as a new part of the whole.

Next, I sand the piece to clean and soften it and finally oxidize it using liver of sulfur to blacken the silver and really make the gold pop. As I work on these pieces, I think about my intentions of creating them, who they will live with and what it will represent to them. I am so proud to share these pieces with the world, and hope that the wearers resonate with the concept of them and see the beauty within themselves.

Kintsugi Ring | $88

Kintsugi Pendant | $78

Kintsugi Earrings | $88

Kintsugi Bracelet | $78

 

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