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Incorporating symbols of death whilst employing taxidermy and animal and bird bones casts in silver and gold, Julia DeVille’s ‘Memento Mori’ inspired jewelry is undoubtedly as hauntingly evocative as it is controversial, though we should make it clear from the outset that any animals (predominantly birds and mice) that have seen their way into DeVille’s work have, the designer states, expired on account of natural causes.

DeVille keeps the descriptions of their individual works tantalisingly brief, it must be said, but the work featured here comprise of the Prey Brooch (above) made from Sterling silver and a departed mouse with natural topaz eyes whilst below you’ll find the Talon Ring cast from Sterling silver – and these are by no means the most provocative of her works.


If you’re interested in checking out her somewhat more controversial pieces, you may be interested in her exhibition pieces such as the Bird Pin (seemingly featuring a deceased bird chick), the Mouse Pin, which comprises of a departed mouse, natural rubies, Sterling silver and 18ct gold and the Rook Skull.

If you’re looking for designer jewelry that will undoubtedly provoke reaction, – as well as serve underpin our own mortality and the fragility of life (whilst actually serving to celebrate life through death) – look no further.


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