Karakami [唐紙] - Sterling Silver Diamonds Ring
This ring is inspired by the image of folded karakami, beautiful traditional Japanese paper with a history spanning centuries. In the Karakami Ring, diamonds are enfolded into the matted sterling silver adding points of elegance.
An idea inspired by Karakami, a paper with 400 years of history.
Karakami is a type of Japanese paper which is used in buildings as wallpaper and on fusuma sliding doors. The inspiration to create the “Karakami” ring came when I was graced with the opportunity to talk with the eleventh-generation master of Karacho studio, Kenkichi Senda.
Karacho was founded in 1624. Surprisingly, woodblocks (the original plate used to print the patterns) made 100-200 years ago are still being used for Karakami today. Not only that, but I feel from the design, an acute sensitivity that transcends generations.
Would it not be possible to express the movement of that paper with jewelry? This is the ring that I began to make from that question.
I paid special attention to the profile
Usually with a ring, the profile is made into a round shape that follows the finger. However, in order to feel the flatness of paper and the beauty of the folds, it was important to be able to feel the texture of the paper looking at the ring from the side. On the other hand, the fit and feeling is also important. I created the shape whilst talking with the craftsmen.
I want to show the set of the diamonds as if caught between two folds of the paper.
This setting is quite difficult, and I discussed it quite a lot with the stonesetting craftsman. How to bring out the feeling of Japanese paper? I want make it with frosted silver. I finally completed it by setting it with bright, shining diamonds.
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Please allow up to 3 weeks to finish. The jewelry will be shipped after they are finished.