It’s no secret that I love handmade jewelry; I love the story behind it, I love knowing that someone perfected my piece just for me, and I love that no one else has one just like it. When I found Jizo and Chibi handmade jewelry, art and sculptures, I was in love. The pieces were so unique and unlike anything else I had ever seen, but it was the history of the art that made me so excited.
The artists behind the Jizo and Chibi site have a great story to tell, and they use various mediums to tell it. Chibi means “the little one” in Japanese and is typically in reference to children, but can mean your inner child as well. The Jizo and Chibi site gives a brief account of Jizo’s 2500 year old history and why he has inspired years of art and musing for centuries.
Jizo was one of the four principal bodhisattvas and upon his enlightenment, he pledged to remain on earth until every soul was finished suffering. Jizo was said to protect all people, but is revered as the “St. Christopher of Buddhism” and specifically the protector of children, women and travelers. The artist Valerie S. Johns shows Jizo holding a Chibi to his chest where there traditionally is a pearl or stone, depicting the Jizo as protector. There are many renderings on the Jizo and Chibi site that show this relationship between the two as well as each portrayed separately in their own pieces. In paintings, statues and even books and toys, the story of Jizo and Chibi is told by talented artists in Los Angeles and packaged in a cute little box to be shipped directly to you or a loved one.
My absolute favorite pieces are the Jizo and Chibi handmade jewelry, which ranges from intricate to abstract and comes in various finishes and sizes to suit any jewelry taste. I fell in love with the silver Chibi necklace, which is an abstract Chibi design that floats around the necklace and moves as you wear it. When the Chibi moves along the chain, it flips and turns, sometimes hanging by an arm, leg, sitting upright or even completely upside down. Each movement has its own meaning and is said to signify a different expression from engaged to restful.
I love that the Chibi necklace is a constant reminder of my little one and the many expressions she can have from minute to minute. Since the moment it arrived I haven’t taken the Chibi necklace off and have received many compliments on the piece from both friends and stangers. I love to tell the story of the necklace to anyone who will listen and talk about the special meaning of this little silver Chibi necklace. But, I adore that the jewelry was handmade just for me and has a personality all its own.
A huge thank you to Jizo and Chibi who sent their Chibi necklace for review. All opinions are 100% mine and no monetary compensated was received for this Rave Review.