Kintsugi is a Japanese art in which broken ceramics and pottery are fixed with resin and powdered gold dating back to the 15th century. It is the process of taking something that is broken and, to many, now worthless and transforming it into a work of art. It became so popular that people were accused of purposely breaking expensive pieces in order to have the coveted repair done.
The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it. The process usually results in something more beautiful than the original.
If you’d like to try the technique yourself, Humade offers gold and silver DIY kintsugi kits.