New York-based jewellery designer Bliss Lau is a poet who writes in gemstones, minerals, and metalwork. Her pieces balance between the delicate ornamentation of accessories and the protective strength of clothing and armour, forming structures of sensuality that reveal and adorn in equal measure. Lau spends years carefully incubating the ideas that inform her jewellery and body garment collections. For her recent thirteen-piece collection made in pearl and onyx, Bliss returned to her upbringing in Hawaii, a place anchored in the constant push and pull of volcanic rock and water. Onyx, which is formed in the gas cavities in lava, and pearl, born from the water, symbolize this relationship. Lau is fascinated by the global mythologies that surround these materials, and she brought She’s Mercedes 156 feet below the surface of the earth to explain how it all comes together when worn upon the human body.