Shinji Nakaba Carves Tiny Pearl Stones into Elegantly Eerie Skeletons

By: Misel Saban - Aug 27, 2015
References: work.s-nakaba & mentalfloss
Pearl stones are coveted treasure by many thanks to its elegantly effervescent sheen. Talented artist and designer Shinji Nakaba has been transforming the opulent gemstones by carving them up to look like skulls and skeletons that are then turned into brooches and rings.

It takes a finite skill to be able to carve in so much detail a rock as little as a pearl but Nakaba does it effortlessly thanks to 30 plus years of practice. Nakaba artfully transforms the rounded pearls into eerie skulls of all sizes that are incredibly realistic, adding to the sinister appeal of these little figurines. The pieces are then transformed into stylized rings and brooches that have a strange yet beautiful aesthetic. The uncanny image of the skeleton is beautifully contrasting to the fragility of the pearl gemstones.