Shinji Nakaba has been a jewel designer in Tokyo since 1974. He is known for creating wearable jewelry from unconventional materials. He says that he brings new life to things that have no value such as aluminum beer cans, plastic bottles, and even garbage.
Vanitas, which is a Latin word for vanity references to the 17th century funerary art. In this collection, Nakaba intricately carves pearls into skulls. He says that this collection aims to emphasize the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.