Jānis Vilks’ jewellery is monumental, laconic in form and seeks to reveal the uniqueness of materials. All of these characteristics are present in his amber jewellery collection, which has preserved the natural form and texture of this gem born of resin. The artist has intervened only so much as to adapt the material to human anatomy. Vilks has also used mammoth tusk – another material with a similar place and manner of origin as amber and that likewise evokes the ancient world.
Nomadic Tibetan traditionally store their wealth in jewelry and ornaments, easily transported and handed down from generation to generation. Ornaments and stones have deep religious and cultural significance. Gold, silver, coral, turquoise, ancient dzi bead necklaces, amber necklaces and large Ghau amulets made of gold and silver are worn.