These incredible silk thimbles are made by Nozomi Shichi, based in Nara, Japan and her business name is Thread Jewellery Ricca.
This type of Japanese thimble, known as Kaga yubinuki (Kaga is the old name for the modern Ishikawa region of Japan) is traditionally made from kimono silks. These are manipulated around a padded base ring to create stunning patterns but also a surprisingly resilient and protective surface. They are worn just above the knuckle rather then on the tip of the finger.The different designs have specific meanings and often symbolise good fortune for the wearer.
You can find out more about Nozomi and this amazing technique on our blog post here.
Although they are beautiful and functional objects, due to their delicate nature, yubinuki are now commonly made as decorative pieces, perhaps to be worn on a chain around the neck or even as earrings, or to treasure as an artwork to be admired. We do not recommend wearing them as conventional finger rings.
Sizes vary slightly but are approx 25mm outside diameter and 15mm inside.
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