Nostalgia. Myth. Poetry. Jewellery made with an eye to the mystery of history is sometimes hard to find among the bright new baubles of Instagram, but if you incline to adornments less vanilla, intriguing pieces from Tabito's Belgium studio speak of stranger things... Poetic juxtapositions, fine decorative detail, an aesthetic altogether more complex.
The beauty of these collaged jewels reveals itself quietly... Turning the links and beads in your fingers reveals translucent lines of pattern from a fragment of snakeskin, the tiny case conceals an even tinier inner compartment, the antique pendant once designed to convey a souvenir of pilgrimage now houses a single, perfectly preserved bumble bee. Meticulously assembled at the workbench of two obsessive collectors, these pieces reimagine uses for watch parts and mechanisms, rosary beads and semi precious stones, travelled trinkets and forgotten treasures.
Amidst a mania for minimalism and puritan preoccupation with the 'clean', Tabito's maximalist imagination revels in Victorian decorative excess and the gleeful revival of Art Nouveau. If you have even one Bohemian bone in your body, you'll understand the curious allure of these one-off jewels...
xx the maker