For those of us who made it past middle school without ceasing to be mystified by the magical powers of mood rings (ahem, me), good news: a Finnish startup is bringing us a Moodmetric ring fitted with a tiny biometric sensor. Soon we can buy a mood ring that is backed by science! That’s surely an upgrade from the mood ring you bought at a gas station in eighth grade that is permanently stuck on some enigmatic blueish-purple hue that apparently means “passionate.” This fancy new ring, which will be the world’s smallest wearable with a bio-sensor, will gauge the wearer’s “emotional voltage” (whatever that means) and will connect to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. The startup’s COO told International Business Times UK, that the ring “measures the small changes in your skin which come from the autonomousnervous system reactions which can tell you about your emotional state.” Keep reading »
I live in New York City’s East Village and one of my favorite local shops to stumble into while out walking my dog on a weekend afternoon is Verameat. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, I still have a hunch you’ll recognize designer Vera Balyura’s work, especially her more iconic pieces, like the kitchen knife charm necklace above. Her necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings are generally either sweet and innocent or tough and almost creepy, but all have a delicate femininity to them. I’m personally obsessed with her nods to delicious junk food (I neeeeed that Cruller necklace…) and biology (…that spine cuff bracelet though!), but there’s something for pet obsessives, girly girls, vampire fetishists, amateur photographers, dinosaur enthusiasts and everyone in between. Depending on the materials used, Verameat jewelry can also be quite affordable, the perfect gift for your best friend or, if you want to send a message, your biggest enemy. Check out all of Verameat’s gorgeous wares here!
Annnnnnd, if you’re in New York City, you simply MUST RSVP to Alternative Apparel and Verameat’s in-store soiree Thursday from 7-9 p.m. I’ll be there blowing my paycheck, PLUS, Vera herself will be on hand to show off her latest pieces. RSVP here!
I thought I would eventually get tired of the initial jewelry trend, but it’s been going strong for, what, 20 years now? And I’m still totally into it. The feminine script on these handmade 14kt gold rings is so pretty, and they look even better stacked. At $50 a piece, they’re not cheap, but could easily become an heirloom piece in your jewelry box. If that’s out of your price range, the Etsy artist who makes these also makes some adorable initial bracelets that are a bit more wallet-friendly at $16.50 a pop. Whichever style or letter you choose, you’ll have no trouble spelling out C-U-T-E. [$50, Charlie & Marcelle]
I’ll never forget when Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck got engaged — that gorgeous ring slayed me. When their relationship came to an end, I mourned it, if only for the fact that she wouldn’t be wearing that beautiful 6.1-carat pink diamond anymore. I vowed that one day, when I was a grown-up, I too would have a gigantic pink diamond. It couldn’t just be any giant rock, it had to be pink. I’m still getting around to that one, but for now let’s all live vicariously through the anonymous buyer who purchased the Pink Star diamond this week. Keep reading »
Kesha Rose by Charles Albert is the name of Ke$ha’s new jewelry line and it is everything you would expect it to be. The most striking pieces, however, come from her “Grow A Pear” Collection, which features small gold penises for your neck, fingers, and ears. The interesting part is that her penis-shaped jewelry is already selling out! Ke$ha is not the first one to make genital-inspired jewelry, though she may be the most successful. Indie rocker, Grimes, also came out with a line of rings with vaginas on them, which she referred to as “pussy rings.” I guess there’s a hierarchy when it comes to classiness of genital-inspired jewelry. [Refinery 29; NYMag.com]
Looking for a classic wedding band that will also help prevent a “You forgot, didn’t you?” fight on your anniversary every year for all eternity? You might want to check out Alaska Jewelry’s new Remember Ring, which includes a small heating element that heats to 120 degrees 24 hours before your anniversary. It’s like a string tied around your finger, except it hurts (well, according to the company, the ring gets “hot enough to cause discomfort but not hot enough to burn”). If that first flare-up is not enough to jog your memory, the ring continues heating every hour on the hour for the rest of the day, which gives you plenty of time to get to the florist and buy a bouquet. This annual burning reminder of your love doesn’t come cheap: a Remember Ring will set you back $760, but hey, it’s a small price to pay for marital bliss, right? [psfk]