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Nakaba carves all manner of skulls into tiny pearls – and other similar items, like melamine resin beads. He mostly does human and animal skulls in the oyster pearls, but also some pretty adorable moon faces and angels. Most of his miniature carvings get mounted on delicate wire-wrapped rings, resulting in truly unique jewelry pieces.

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If you’re inclined to own one of these tiny pearl sculptures, check out Nakaba’s online shop. All of his pieces are made to order, and prices range from $280 to $650, depending on the size of the pearl and the type of jewelry mounting. The price may seem high for a single pearl, but the carvings are so intricate and accurate that it must take Nakaba hours and hours to complete one of these “wearable sculptures,” as he calls them.

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