THE COLLECTION

“I have been collecting organic objects over time, consisting mainly of bones, insects, and small animals which I have found lifeless, often times only the remaining fragments.

The inherent beauty of these forgotten little departed objects, the remnants of what once were, attracted me from a young age. I have meticulously combined them with my love for the striking detail of Victorian ornament, motifs and patterns to produce a range of haute couture oxidised silver adornments.

Each piece is unique and portrays the spirit of the organic remnant displayed through it, festooned with precious stones and immortalised through the jewellery. With my work I aim to soften the morose subject of death by reviving these objects in inimitably stylised Victorian scrollwork, resulting in a contemporary memento mori jewellery collection, which is desirable to wear and makes contemplating our own fleeting existence a pragmatic, yet simultaneously sensual experience.

By wearing one of these jewellery pieces, one is constantly reminded of one’s own imminent mortality and of those already departed. However, by choosing to adorn the body with it, one also confirms minded acceptance of this ephemeral fate.”

~ Madeli Viljoen

OSSARIUM

[Oxidised sterling silver, resin, preserved pigeon claw, faceted natural onyx, natural onyx beads]  

RATTUS NORVEGICUS, A FRAGMENTED REMEMBRANCE

[Oxidised sterling silver, electro-formed copper, rat skull]

LEPIDOPTERA'S TINY TEARDROPS

[Oxidised sterling silver, natural garnets, white coral, gold enamel, clear resin, preserved moth]

TEARS OF HOPE FOR RATTUS NORVEGICUS

[Oxidised sterling silver, natural moonstone cabochons, resin, preserved rat bones]

BE(E) REMEMBERED

[Oxidised sterling silver, electro-formed copper, resin, preserved bees, natural moonstones]

VESPULA VULGARIS

[Oxidised sterling silver, gold enamel, resin, preserved wasp, turquoise cabochons]

POTAMOCHOERUS LARVATUS

[Oxidised sterling silver, electroformed copper, Bushpig teeth, ruby briolettes]

COLUMBIDAE'S LAST BREATH

[Oxidised sterling silver, gold enamel, preserved pigeon skull, resin, natural smokey quarts, natural black baroque pearls]

BE(E) SWEET IN YOUR SORROW

[Sterling silver, brass, copper, glass, preserved bees, leather, cork, patina, acrylic]

XYLOCOPA

[Oxidised sterling silver, gold enamel, resin, preserved carpenter bee,  natural amethysts, fancy cut natural clear quarts gemstone]

Credits:

*Model - Madel Viljoen

*Photography & Editing - Magdalena Viljoen