Contrary to what one would assume to be the origins of these skeletal designs, the new Bone Couture collection by SMITH Jewellery began with a trip to see the explosion of life that is the blooming of flowers up the West Coast of South Africa. While there, jewellery designer Anna Raimondo found the tiny, fragile carcass of a Bokmakierie bird on the side of the road. Preserving its feathers and skeleton she was inspired to find a way to use it in a new range – and so began a collection quite different to her previous work.
Feeling that she needed to offer something more than the Bokmakierie, Anna began the hunt for a snake. Her research led her to The Cape Town Snake Park who offered her two dead snakes, of which she chose to add the skeleton of an Albino Sonoran Gopher, a native to the West Coast of America.
Anna used moulding and wax modelling techniques to recreate the original bird and snake bones in metal, adding silver, chain, brass and gold plated components to create these beautiful pieces.
The resulting range is the epitome of Anna’s continuous search for simple, elegant, timeless designs with a little bit of a kick. Her sterling silver, brass and copper pieces are crafted 100% from hand to ensure that no two items are identical.
Anna is fascinated by the challenge to fuse organic materials and sensations with intricate designs and techniques, and draws her inspiration from her travels and the different cultures or environments she encounters along the way.
Anna designed, manufactured, styled and photographed all the work herself.