What does a Japanese philosophy that sees beauty in imperfection have to do with jewellery made in northern Norway?
Ann-Merete S. Øines and Dagmar Mildes were looking for common ground for their new jewellery company when they were introduced to the Wabi Sabi philosophy by a friend. Both immediately fell for the approach, and saw its potential in jewellery-making.
“When you’ve lived for a bit, you know that experiences, both good and bad, make you stronger. You also understand that the essence of all these experiences is beauty,” Øines says.
The philosophy formed the foundation of the brand and, in 2015, they launched Wabi Sabi together in a backyard in Tromsø.