Shide 紙垂

These folded bits of silver and gold were inspired by shide seen at temples during our recent visit to Japan. Shide are sheets of white paper cut, folded and used in Shinto rituals. They are often hung from plaited rice rope (shimenawa 注連縄) to signify the presence of spirits or ward off demons.

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The brooches and pendants are made from either sterling silver or 18ct yellow gold bonded to silver. Some are fragile as I have rolled the silver paper thin to get them just the lightness I desired. The light ones are a treat to wear, but the less delicate ones are also beautiful and much more practical with my two year old around.