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This carefully and expertly crafted inlay ginkgyo tie pin features a striking Ginkgyo design. In Japan, this design is a way of demonstrating humility. Our expert traditional Makers in Japan have never sold their products officially outside of their country. Their products are officially available on the Atelier Japan store. Our makers have stood the stead of time. They have prevailed among huge global disturbances and are still unwilling to go backwards. We champion this aim to be the resilient partner of the digital age.
Since ancient times, various techniques of inlay crafts have been used around the world. Originating from Damascus in Syria, it is said that the techniques of metal inlay crafts traveled along the Silk Road and reached Japan around the Asuka period (592-710).
Inlay crafts were initially used in creating weapons or utensils for religious ceremonies. One of the earliest examples of inlay techniques can be found on the ancient samurai sword Shichisei-ken, held at the Shitennoji Temple in Osaka. Here, intricate inlay decoration can be seen on both the blade and the end of the handle of this large sword. Another example can be found at the Shosoin Imperial Repository in Nara where a sword with gold inlay has been carefully preserved. At Yakushiji Temple in Nara, important symbolic Buddhist patterns are inlayed onto the palms and feet of their main Buddhist statue. Zinlay are a family business that are bringing this beautiful ancient technique into the modern world.
It’s a state of the natural translation to “IBUSHI-GIN”(oxidized silver) and is normally considered to be a favorable change peculiar to inlayed gold and silver.
The darkening adds nuances to gold and silver products and each item offers a unique experience of having silver.
While appreciating the silver shining, if you will enjoy the nuances added by darkening as well, it will surely bring you more pleasure of having silver.
Enjoy the combination of shining and nuances added over time.
How to look after our crafts
Inlayed 24K gold, pure silver, sterling silver and Japanese tree sap lacquer, our products are sensitive against moisture.
Please avoid being attached with water(salty one and still water) and excessive sweat.
If our products get wet, please wipe gently by a soft cloth.
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