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Sep 08, 2017

Traditional Origami Jewelry Turned Modern

I have always loved the art of origami. It’s not only fun to do, it’s almost like a meditation activity (for me at least!). So when I found an artist that made origami jewelry I was immediately sold! Origami artist Chizoukou makes handmade paper origami jewelry that she pairs with metal accents to create beautiful unique jewelry pieces. I picked a few of the pieces that I absolutely loved from her IG page, but she has so much more to offer as well! Make sure to go over and check out all of her work once you are done here.

Unique Handmade Origami Jewelry


Unique Handmade Origami Jewelry

Look at the tiny baby tassels! I didn't think it was possible to get a tassel that small or adorable, but here we are! Those tassels adds some really great texture to the smoothness of the paper.

What I found to be really special of Chizoukou’s work is that although she uses the same folding style for some pieces they all look different because of her choice in paper. Some of the patterned paper she has chosen really pairs nicely with the designs she decided to create.

Unique Handmade Origami Jewelry
This necklace reminds me of a phoenix with wings spread wide ready to take off! Wouldn’t this design look amazing in some red and gold patterned origami paper? I really love her idea of mixing paper with bead accents. It's a wonderfully sculpted piece that brings a contemporary look to her traditional origami work.

Unique Handmade Origami Jewelry

Unique Handmade Origami Jewelry

 Unique Handmade Origami Jewelry

Speaking of sculpted pieces look at these contemporary styled earrings. The mix of modern lines and origami go really well together especially in these pieces. These look like something you would see an art curator wearing in New York City!

Unique Handmade Origami Jewelry
These were the first pair of earrings that I saw from Chizoukou. I actually thought that these were made from rose colored metal because of the color, but was pleasantly surprised to find out that they were made from paper! I love the color of the paper mixed with the gold metal accents.

Unique Handmade Origami Jewelry
Did you know that no one really knows when origami was invented? Some say it is likely it was around the same time of the invention of paper in the 6th century, but no one knows for sure. Paper used to be scarce so it was originally used only for ceremonial purposes. Thankfully paper isn’t as scarce as it used to be and we can enjoy origami like the ones from Chizoukou!

I am so impressed by the talent and skill Chizoukou has to create these beautiful pieces of jewelry and keep a wonderful tradition alive. Maybe one day I can try also my hand at origami jewelry...but I’m not holding my breath that they will look this good!

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