Alexis Bittar is described as "one of the greatest jewelry designers of the 21st century." Alexis started selling his hand-carved Lucite and gemstone creations on the streets of New York before quickly being discovered by the fashion world.
Memento mori (remember you must die) is an ancient art tradition that flourished in medieval European funerary art. Vanitas, themed works that remind viewers of the transience of life, later earned a new popularity in Victorian jewelry and decorative arts. The iconography of memento mori can be as direct as a skull or snake, to the subtle representation of a dying rose dropping its petals.
Lucite, or polymethyl methacrylate, is a transparent thermoplastic that dates back to the early thirties when it was developed as acrylic safety glass. Lucite is light and shatter-resistant and lends itself well to molding, cutting and carving.