Shinji Nakaba. This amazing master has been making jewelry since 1974. For his works, he uses materials of various values, but his particular passion is glyptic works made of mother-of-pearl (glyptics is the art of miniature carving on especially hard precious or semi-precious stones).
According to Shinji Nakaba, he was trying to find an answer to the question: what happens to a person after death? The desire to find out about this was reflected in his works, giving each of them a shade of mystery.
Shinji Nakaba ‘s latest collection was created for a woman who chooses something special for herself, strives for originality in her image.
This is incomparably more than the actual traditional string of pearls, such art products are created for women who prefer to think freely, such an adornment for her is as a sign of involvement in something unusual.
And yet the complete opposite of a body collection. At first glance, she is too bold, provocative, shocking.
But in the context of all the work of Shinji Nakaba, we are already starting to look differently. If the skull symbolizes for us, first of all, death, leaving the boundary, another world, then the body is life, movement, breathing.
Skulls, as a symbol of death, do not need lush decoration. The essence of death is to cut off all unnecessary, in its world there are other values. And these ascetic frames do not draw our attention. We already see a different world. The luster of the pearls is reminiscent of the moonlight and the beauty of the night. And these skulls are beautiful in themselves, they don’t need someone else’s shine.
The cost of such jewelry starts at $ 160. You can find something unusual for yourself on the jeweler’s website – work.s-nakaba.com. Each of his creations is made in a single copy and therefore truly unique.
Shinji Nakaba’s works adorn the Boston Museum of Art, the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and many others.