Luis Morais Brings His Rock-n-Roll Jewelry to Alchemist for Basel

We bet you've been a little worried about how you'd be able to track down some skull accent pieces now that Alexander McQueen's line has been taken over by Sarah Burton. And if you're like us, you probably like your kitsch right where you can see it: On your wrist.

You're not exactly a biker chick, but you like a little hard edge with your stylish, on-trend garb, and you have no plans to go the way of trading jewelry tips at truck stops. What are skull and crossbone enthusiasts supposed to rock without going down the sad path toward Ed Hardy, anyway? Meet designer Luis Morais, who will be launching a pop-up shop in Miami for Art Basel.

"These themes are often thought of as dark or mysterious, [but] to me the union of these contrasting ideas is the foundation of beautifully striking pieces," Morais told us.

The Brazilian born, Miami-based jewelry designer decided it was time to create a

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high-end jewelry line with a twist after traveling the world as an executive for a textile company, and began to incorporate ghetto gold

grills with skulls and stones -- and this isn't stereotypical pirate's booty, either.

Ten years later, his goods are being sold

all over the world in places like New York, London, Paris, and Dubai, but what about seeing more than just a few pieces in Miami? Thanks to Art Basel,

we'll soon get a bigger taste too. "I'll be launching exclusive fun pieces for the Pop-N-Shop, as well as featuring the current collection along with the classic pieces," Morais says.

He is partnering with Alchemist and coming up with a joint project called Pop-N-Shop to showcase an extensive selection of his latest designs, along with a bevvy of other yet-to-be-announced designers, and some surprise Pop-N-Favor bags, which, according to Morais, will "include some Luis Morais signature trinkets." Hmmm. That sounds like something we can really sink our gold teeth into.

The Luis Morais Pop-N-Shop, Wednesday December 1 through Monday, December 6, 2010. at Alchemist, 438 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. shopalchemist.com


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