Kintsugi-Inspired Beach Stone Necklace

by Tamara Summers.
(Sarnia, Ontario, Canada)

Kintsugi-Inspired Beach Stone Necklace by Tamara Summers  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Kintsugi-Inspired Beach Stone Necklace

Some simple beach stones just have grand dreams and intentions of becoming necklace pendants – they really do!

I come across them occasionally as I search for treasures on the beach to make jewellery and art with.

They’ve taken decades, if not longer, to create a hole within themselves to accommodate a bale very easily, and then, when that’s complete, they lie on the shore just waiting for a treasure hunter, like myself, to come along.

Then they wave their hands in the air and shout “Hey, hey, over here, me, me, me…!” 😀

“Okay then, come along home with me and I’ll see what I can do with you…”

I noticed that this stone had some markings on it, what would commonly be called imperfections.

I immediately felt drawn to use metallic paint to trace or fill those in, and it reminded me of something I had read.

Kintsugi-Inspired Beach Stone Necklace by Tamara Summers  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal


Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, rather than throwing the item away or trying to minimize the imperfection.

This practice comes from recognizing the beauty in broken things.

My stone certainly didn’t need to be repaired, as it wasn’t cracked or in danger of falling apart, but I thought the metallic paint, and then the coating of lacquer, gave a simple beach stone with a big dream, an elegant and eye-catching look.

It also makes beach jewellery perfect to be worn during the holiday season.

Tamara Summers
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  1. Thank you for sharing my post, JMJ! 🙂

  2. Tamara, I love your story of the beach stones creating their own drill-holes, and then putting themselves in front of appreciative treasure hunters. 🙂 To the stones, this is probably one of the most interesting phases in their in their long, eventful lives. And I’m fascinated with the Kintsugi philosophy, and how you applied it to this stone pendant. Very inspiring! Also, you and I are on the same wavelength – my tutorial this week is also a beach stone necklace project! 🙂

  3. Love it.

  4. Hahaha, I know, Rena! 🙂 When I saw your tutorial, I was amazed that we would both choose to share beach stone creations at the end of Nov. when usually thoughts are directed to other types of jewellery components. I think the simple, humble beach stone can often be overlooked.

  5. I had the same thought, Tamara – what are the odds that two people would do a beach theme now? 🙂

  6. Love the Kintsugi technique you used, Tamara… what a beautiful interpretation!

  7. I head to Sanibel in a couple of weeks and am now going to be “stone” hunting rather than shell hunting. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

  8. I thought the gold was part of the stone!!
    Love the story behind this as I’m a beach comber too. Do you think we will ever be able to walk the beach with our heads UP?!
    I also love the story behind fixing it up. Great work, I can’t wait to try this out.

  9. Thank you, Glenda, Cindi and Colleen! 🙂 I’m glad to have provided some inspiration, as I have received so much from others.

  10. Love the metallic and lacquer finish. So pretty.

  11. Great idea! I found a stone with a hole in it and checked Internet on different ways to wrap it and stumbled upon “hag stones”or “hex stones” supposed to guard against evil witches, I wear mine often but not for the superstition but because I think it looks great and is a conversation piece 😉

  12. Thank you, Jean! That’s interesting, Louise, thank you for sharing your research. 🙂

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