Jewelry that Leaves a Mark

Metalsmith Genne Laasko’s unique creations are just as meaningful after they’ve been removed as they are when worn. As an avid scholar of various forms of body modification, ritual body manipulation is an ever constant consideration in her work. It takes multiple people to dress a person in one of these pieces, stressing the trust and submission necessary for such an act.


Many acts of ritualistic body modification serve as rites of passage, leaving the individual who experiences them forever changed. The marks left on the body from these pieces are just as much a part of the experience as the time the individual spends wearing them.