Kintsugi (kin-su-ge): Japanese for "golden joinery"
What makes a Kintsugi Heart special, is the philosophy behind the design. Beneath the glimmer of these gold and silver symbols lies an ancient Japanese concept.
To gift, or wear, one of these hearts is a powerful display in the understanding of who you are, or who someone is to you.... or both.
Kintsukuroi and Kinsugi are popularly practiced upon broken pottery. The repair of pottery using gold, has come to symbolize a premise that one is better for having been broken.
There is value in the break as well as the broken. There is value added in the cracks. The repair not only adds character, but valuable character.
To repair something that is broken demonstrates that the broken thing has worth. To use such a valuable material as gold to repair with creates an increased value. Kintsukuroi (pronounced kin-su-kur-roy) is Japanese for "golden repair".
My first Kintsugi Hearts were actually Kinsukuroi Hearts; broken, bruised or torn silver hearts repaired with gold joinery. The symbolism was direct and the aesthetic powerful. Any stage of recovering from a broken heart can be found in one of my Kintsukuroi Hearts.
I've even had my golden repaired silver hearts given to a person recovering from heart surgery; literal heart repair!
But not all hearts are broken. Some hearts have never wandered dreary streets, or wept over love lost.
Some hearts become whole, having never felt they were missing a piece.
These happier hearts feel complete all over again, never having felt diminished in the first place.
For these silver hearts, the golden joinery is an embellishment, not a repair.A playful silver heart better defined using golden joinery; A Kintsugi Heart.
One, whose heart feels the elation of new love, or consistent love, will find promise and loyalty within the design.