Ojimeおじめ (oh-jay-meh) are handcrafted decorative beads which originated in Japan as early as the 16th century. Strictly speaking, the word bead is superfluous as Ojime itself means cord fastener bead. They are typically between 3/4 inch and 1 inch in diameter with a vertical hole from top to bottom, and are made from fine metals, ivory, hornbill ivory, precious stones, jade, lacquer, tortoiseshell, glass, coral, bone, stag antler, boar tooth and tusk, nuts and seeds, as well as other natural materials. As will become evident, aside from being decorative, they have a very specific role to perform in traditional Japanese attire and as such, they go a long way towards defining the concept of adornment, namely that which is useful as well as beautiful.
Discover the timeless elegance of our Ojimeおじめ (oh-jay-meh) Collection—meticulously handcrafted decorative beads originating from Japan, tracing their roots back to the 16th century. Embodying a fusion of functionality and exquisite artistry, these beads, known as Ojime, transcend mere adornment.
Each Ojime bead features a vertical hole and is fashioned from a beautifully polished PVD stainless steel of material, strung with stones. Beyond their ornamental allure, these beads serve a distinct purpose in traditional Japanese attire, embodying the essence of beauty merged with utility.
Explore the allure of accessories that marry practicality with elegance. Our Ojime Collection encapsulates the essence of functional beauty, making a statement that extends beyond adornment, enriching your style with pieces that are not just visually captivating but also carry a rich cultural heritage and a legacy of craftsmanship. Elevate your wardrobe with these versatile and exquisite beads that redefine the notion of beauty in purposeful adornment.