Interview: Emma Addams, Heart of Bone

Emma Addams, Melbourne-based designer and founder of cult brand Heart of Bone, makes jewellery for those who like their accessories on the dark side.

Emma Addams. Photo by Marnie Haddad

Melbourne brand Heart of Bone makes jewellery for those who like their accessories on the dark side.

Founded by designer Emma Addams in 2013, Heart of Bone jewellery has a rock'n'roll core. Inspired by all things gothic, the unisex jewellery is designed using hand carved wax, and is handmade in studio by Addams and her brother Lenny.

The brand's collection of skull rings, earrings, chunky bracelets and necklaces pay tribute to rock legends and music, so it's hardly surprising then that the pieces are worn by rock and pop royalty like Billie Eilish, as well as fashion royalty like Karl Lagerfeld and Rick Owens.

But, sustainability is also important to the designer and to the brand. Vintage, repurposed and up-cycled items are very much a part of Addams’ aesthetic. The designer was a furniture restorer before she got into fashion, and she helped build her studio and workshop by hand with salvaged and repurposed items.

She’s also a passionate collector of vintage fashion and design. Last year the designer launched a collection of rosary necklaces made from her own personal repurposed collection of beads, as well as hand studded and embroidered jackets.

Addams also ensures that the brand's locally-based metal suppliers adhere to strict ethical and sustainability benchmarks and are certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). These business partners use best practices that align with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.