Giles Deacon has become a popular guy in the fashion world in recent years, especially for his innovative (and funny) Pac-Man-themed runway show at last year’s London Fashion Week. His latest work is a collaboration with Swarovski, which features felt cuffs and necklaces adorned with a mish-mash of pointy studs, crystals, and glorified safety pins fashioned with ribbon closures. The products are certainly conversation pieces, especially if you’re going for that “Xena: Warrior Princess” look. [Notcoture, Swarovski] Keep reading »
Wow. These accessories are weird. Central St. Martins design student Anna Schwamborn has created a line of “mourning objects” jewelry that is intended to help grieving survivors after a loved one passes. What’s a fashionista to do in the wake of a death? Why, make jewelry out of the deceased, of course! Shudder. Schwamborn’s awesome resume — she’s worked with Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood — certainly helped her on the path to out-there designs. In this case, the London-based designer uses the hair and cremains of the dearly departed to fashion human-based wearable art. The human ashes are combined with black bone china to make the harder parts of what she calls “post-mortem memorial pieces.” So, um, why would you want to wear bits of a dead someone? “The objects are supposed to be worn close to the body of the mourner,” says Schwamborn, “symbolizing a lasting physical connection between two individuals even after death.” The pieces include a necklace, a rosary, and, fittingly, a “tear catcher.” [Dezeen] Keep reading »
It can be hard to keep track of memories, especially when you switch apartments every year and the movers keep misplacing boxes. This ring holds extra special keepsakes right on your finger, where you can see them whenever you need a little boost. Or, if you need a place to stash a dose of birth control, that works, too. [$108, Yellowgoat Handmade Jewelry & Design Objects, Etsy] Keep reading »
Cobwebs come into fashion but once a year (Halloween), and are then resigned to lonely corners for the remainder. Not the case with Dollybird, whose designs feature preserved cobwebs in glass pendants that rest on necklace chains. Hand set in sterling, the one of a kind necklaces can be ordered in varying sizes, from one-inch to three-inch circles. There’s also a ring to rock Goth-style, allowing you to celebrate Halloween all year round. [$175 and up, Dollybird Design] Keep reading »
If you ask us, a little pepper spray isn’t such a bad thing. We wouldn’t want it in our eyes, but we definitely like to have some in our purse just in case. There is, however, a problem with pepper spray: it generally comes in ugly containers. Well, not anymore. Pick up your very own pepper spray ring and keep bad guys at bay with a quick shot to the eyes. We were skeptical at first, fearing that clumsiness would result in some self-spraying, but the self-defense ring has a safety switch, so we’re fully on the bandwagon. [$28, BodySecurity.com]
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I have always been stumped about what to do with presents from exes. I have never been engaged so I haven’t had to deal with any seriously valuable or sentimental jewelry, but I have a couple of rocks that I just wasn’t sure what to do with. I think you should always offer to give presents of value back, that’s just the polite thing to do. But, if the dude says he wants you to have it, what else can a girl do but keep it? However, if the dude was a total bastard, then keeping the bling and booby-trapping his apartment is totally legit. Not that I have ever done that of course, just throwing the possibility out there…Anyway, I am not terribly sentimental, but sometimes (and I really do just mean sometimes as I look at my bracelet) a piece of jewelry reminds me of things I would much rather forget. But what do you do with that annoying Tiffany heart necklace? You can’t just throw it out? You could give it away, but it was so pricey it tugs my heart and wallet strings to get nothing in return. You could give it to a friend, but learn from my own personal awkward-Olympics experience, it’s really uncomfortable when you see her wearing what your dude gave you. Luckily for our repression, denial and wallets, Out Of Your Life.com is an easy way to pawn off gifts from your ex for cash. Keep reading »
Christie Brinkley’s all-American style isn’t something we’d ever copy, but that hasn’t stopped us from coveting this ring from her line with Ross-Simons. The turquoise petals are so bright and cheerful, and the amethysts remind us of lilacs. We’d wear this ring with a simple dress or jeans and a white T-shirt so it would be the eye-catcher of the outfit. Now all we have to do is stick to our lunch menu of peanut butter sandwiches so we can afford it. [$125, Ross-Simons] Keep reading »
Whoa! Weird alarm bells are screeching in my head. Enema bag jewelry, oh yes, it exists. Luckily for our health, safety and noses, these pins and earrings are only inspired by the stinky enema bags. These, um, unique accessories are made from bronze, sterling silver and copper, so if you wear them and people run away from you, you can chase after them and tell them you are not a safety hazard. As far as artistic representation goes, I guess the jewelry is an accurate likeness to the medical device, eerily so, in fact. And yet, somehow I just don’t feel like sporting metal poop-bags on my lobes. I know butts are in right now, but they aren’t that in. If you bravely don enema bag jewelry you might discover that they are great conversation starters, or conversation killers. [$80, Luna Parc] Keep reading »
Guys: wooing a woman with diamonds is one way to go about things. But we what we really like is when you talk nerdy to us. Start your courtship with Creative Dexterity, an Etsy shop full of jewelry made from Apple keyboard pieces. Get matchy-matchy with your lappy by wearing the Computer Bling ring, a Command key flanked by pairs of cubic zirconia gems, or sport an “OMG” necklace made from letter keys. Guys can get in on the geek chic look as well with the cufflinks fashioned from circular on switches. We’d just be careful about which styles you present to your lady, as some of them can have double meanings. The necklace with an Enter button could be sexy; the ring with the esc key could send the wrong idea. [Creative Dexterity]
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Carving our initials—D + J = <3 4ever!—into the side of a tree with might be super-romantic, but it’s not especially green. So my boyfriend and I are scoping out ways to wear each other’s initials instead. We’re not quite at the engagement ring stage, though, and tattoos aren’t either of our scenes.
Thank-heavens-for-Etsy, there’s more than a few cute initialed doodads online. I’m sweet on the Black Diamond edition Scrabble tiles ($5.75) or the
typewriter key letters ($24.99), both of which are funky ways to wear a “D” around my neck. But someone who doesn’t like to wear jewelry—like my bf—might prefer this sweet-ass engraved guitar pick ($28).
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