Ossuaria

Pronunciation: osh-oo-air-ee-ah
Origin: Latin
Definition: a place to house the bones of the dead

Ossuaria Jewelry is a high-end line of elegant accessories made from natural bones and skulls. Each piece is harvested, cleaned, and fashioned by hand to create bold and dramatic adornments for people with an eccentric side.

Ossuaria Jewelry began in 2009 when I melded two of my true loves: fashion and dissection. With a background in criminology, I attended several autopsies and embalmings. I was continually captivated by the structures that support the body, and believed they were alluring enough to hold a place outside the skin as well.

I gather my materials primarily from roadkill, farms and ranches - though I occasionally use other reputable sources as well. I deflesh, degrease, and sterilize all the bones myself. It is an incredibly time-intensive process, but being hands-on keeps me connected to the animals that provide me with these materials. For me to create, something had to die, and I am honoring their lives by giving them a second chance at being something beautiful.

My work has been displayed at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles for their 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show, and their 3rd & 4th Annual Coaster Shows. I received Showcase Designer status during Austin Fashion Week 2012- participating in a trunk show and a runway event. My work was included in the December 2016 issue of Vogue Deutsch, and has also been in Gothic Beauty, UK's Making Magazine, several other magazines, and on numerous blogs such as Haute Macabre, Hi-Fructose, Beautiful Bizarre and Oddity Central. My work was even featured on Galileo, a German television program that focuses on scientific oddities. Three of my bone necklaces will also be worn in an upcoming television show called Miracle Workers on TBS.

My jewelry has also been used for events- including the Austin Fashion Awards, Austin Zombie Ball, Convergence runway show, Stephen Moser’s Made in Heaven runway show, TLR's Dia de los Muertos event, and the Royal Court of Ashes - orchestrated by artist and videographer Charlie Terrell.

If you would like to feature my work on your blog, magazine or for a gallery show, please use my contact form and I will get back with you as soon as possible.