According to Japanese tradition, the fan – Sensu – symbolises happiness: may little moments of immense joy add up to be more than the sum of their parts, just like the opening of a fan. This is exactly what Keep Out wishes to symbolise with its Happiness bracelet. What better thing could you wish for?
Cherry blossom – Sakura – is a symbol of delicacy and kindness. Japanese cherry trees bloom for just a few days, creating an intense but fleeting experience: everything is destined to fade and wilt, whether beauty and youth, fame and riches. Keep Out has chosen cherry blossom for this bracelet to remind us to enjoy the best things in life whenever we can.
An elegant Japanese crane – Tsuru – flies up into a clear blue sky. This bird traditionally symbolises longevity and good luck: fold 1000 origami cranes and you will be granted eternal good luck. Thimbles, like cranes, symbolise protection, and so here Keep Out combines two powerful figures.
The peony – Botan – symbolises love and romance. Some folk beliefs tell how nymphs take the form of peonies in order to enter our world and declare their love for a soul-mate. Keep Out just had to choose this marvellous flower to represent eternal love.
A fabric that depicts a bright, cold sky and the delicate, sweetly scented blossom of the Japanese plum – Ume – that flowers at the end of winter. This is a very special blossom in Japan: it shows great courage in overcoming the harsh conditions of winter, and so symbolises hope in the face of adversity. Hope needs to be activity sought and is never an end in itself.
The "Star Festival" – Tanabata Matsuri – is one of the most romantic moments in the Japanese calendar. The Milky Way, visible in the summer months, acts as a bridge between Vega and Altair: these two brilliant stars at either end of our galaxy are thought to represent two lovers who can only meet once a year. According to Oriental custom, the two stars will answer prayers asking for protection.
The “Chrysanthemum Throne” of Japan is believed to be the world's oldest hereditary monarchy: this bracelet is inspired by the chrysanthemum flower – Kiku – that represents the Japanese emperor. Its beauty is celebrated every year when this flower comes into blossom: the emperor throws open the Imperial Gardens so that his people can admire the most recent varieties. Chrysanthemums stand for optimism, energy and strength, their thousand petals representing the sun's rays.
According to Japanese tradition, butterflies – Chōchō – are the souls of the dead that rise on white wings. Follow a butterfly to find a solution to a problem, or help solve a mystery. Keep Out has used the image of a butterfly for this bracelet as our dreams are often as elusive as butterflies, and may even predict the future.
The Japanese term "Origami" indicates the art of folding paper into decorative or representational forms. This art is inextricably linked to spirituality, as it sees paper (a tangible substance) transformed into something completely different, elevating it to a higher level. A bit like a human heart capable of turning an ordinary mortal into a unique, precious object of love
This fabric recalls the colours of the carp fish – Koi – that the Japanese associate with perseverance. Able to swim upstream, this fish symbolises the courage to follow one's own path, regardless of others, as well as the strength to overcome adversity. For Keep Out, the brilliant colours of the carp show the way to success.
Keep Out lucky charm bracelet in KIMONO fabric. 925 silver thimble charm, 1 cm high (standard measurement). Adjustable silver clasp. Available in a wide range of colours.