18ct white gold, black diamonds
Julia’s work is designed to serve as contemporary Memento Mori—a reminder of mortality. Her contemporary jewellery is characterised by the use of symbols of death from past eras. Julia uses traditional precious and semi-precious metals and gems and occasionally materials that were once living, such as jet, human hair and taxidermy. In examining mortality, her work incorporates motifs that encourage viewers and wearers to identify with their own fate and challenge a prevalent culture that obsessively plans the future: forget an unknowable tomorrow and instead embrace the present.