Wabi, Sabi & Shibui

Wabi, Sabi & Shibui

Wabi, Sabi & Shibui Collections.  Over the years I’ve carried a jewellery collection called Wabi Sabi, and now I carry the SHIBUI COLLECTION.  Always a fan of understated jewellery that is casual, relaxed and unobtrusive these various aesthetics keep showing up at Bija Bijoux.

All of my jewellery is made by hand.  Going further, each tiny elements in the Shibui Collection is also hand made, with unique, irregular and textured portions.  The shapes are softly rounded and fluid.  No two are identical.  Unique, like the wearer.

Accents in 14kgf (below) showing the difference between perfectly refined precious metal elements against the less refined, rustic elements of the Shibui Collection, create balance.










Wabi and Sabi and Shibui are three of the key Japanese aesthetic concepts. Their definitions are not exact, but one can get a sense of them from a short discussion of them. Over time, wabi and sabi have been combined to form a new word, wabi-sabi, meaning an aesthetic sensibility which includes these two related ideas.

Wabi means things that are fresh and simple. It denotes simplicity and quietude, and also incorporates rustic beauty. It includes both that which is made by nature, and that which is made by man. It also can mean an accidental or happenstance element (or perhaps even a small flaw) which gives elegance and uniqueness to the whole.

Sabi means things whose beauty stems from age. It refers to the patina of age, and the concept that changes due to use may make an object more beautiful and valuable. This also incorporates an appreciation of the cycles of life, as well as careful, artful mending of damage.

Shibui , a similar yet distinct Japanese aesthetic concept, means things that are subtle and unobtrusive.  Shibui objects appear to be simple overall but they include subtle details, such as textures, that balance simplicity with complexity.

Though many wabi or sabi objects are shibui, not all shibui objects are wabi or sabi. Shibui-Double-Strand-Necklace