Thursday, January 1, 2009

You Wear WHAT?!? Interesting Jewelry Trends

I've been browsing my groups and forums, trying desperately to catch up with all the goodies that everyone is talking about! Lately, I've noticed a lot of talk about...let us trends! I thought I'd share some of them that I find really fascinating!

MyWiredImagination is a seller on Etsy. She does some lovely wire-wrapping and other work, but one item of hers in particular is something to look twice at! Check out these interesting, and slightly creepy, custom pendants and rings made with rejected prosthetic eyes!

Another company that has been talked about is Ashes to Glass. They make beautiful lampwork beads intended to hold the ashes of a loved one. In addition to that, they make beads to hold the ashes of your pets called Petglash. It's definitely a unique idea, and many people would love to be able to have their deceased loved one or pet with them all the time.

Then we come to LifeGem. This company can take either the cremated remains of your loved one or a lock of hair (for those who choose burial, or even for those who want a special gem from someone living) and using a special process, creates a certified, high-quality diamond from the carbon remains. These diamonds are molecularly identical to a genuine diamond. It's a fascinating process. They can even make them with your pet! Visit their website for a video showing the process and to request more information! These are not cheap, but may be worth it to have that rememberance of someone you love. There are several color options available as well!

One of the most fascinating jewelry ideas is by Jared Gold, a Salt Lake City designer who specializes in the unique! His creepy creation is a Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Brooch. This is a live critter! The giant roach is encrusted with Swarovski crystals and comes complete with a tiny 'leash' so that you can attach it to your clothing and let the lil bug wander around. Ewww... With proper care they can live for up to a year. Cost: $80.

My last interesting jewelry trend for today is made by a very creative jewelry artist named Margaux Lange. She sells on Etsy, and takes parts from Barbie dolls and makes them into earrings, pendants, tie tacks, etc. I can't believe how professional they look! Definitely interesting jewelry for a party, great conversation pieces! })i({


Bev's Jewelry said...

Thanks for the interesting (?) post on unique jewelry. Got to stand out somehow and they sure do.

Anonymous said...

Well, definitely jewelry for a certain "niche" I suppose. The diamond from one's remains does sound pretty cool, but I don't think I'd wear that cockroach DEAD, and I'd sure never have it "wandering" around my clothes! UGH! But all these would definitely be conversation pieces I suppose! Teri

Anna Lee H. in Toronto said...

Happy New Year Jamie!
and may 2009 be prosperous for you and yours...
~Anna Lee H. in Toronto
ps, want to post this article on the team blog?

A Beaded Affair said...

I've always said my husband is a diamond in the I guess it's true but oh so sad that I will have to wait til he is dead for him to be a fine faceted stone.

OK, already, I have enough trouble keeping plants alive, I just don't have the time to keep my jewelry alive too and imagine how awful I would feel when I killed it. Not to mention that I don't want the little beastie running around the inside of my jewelry box when I'm not wearing him.

hmmmm. Things to ponder....Thanks J.


MyGemStoneBox by Diane said...

I kinda want to go OOOHHHH and EWWWHHHH all at the same time! Definatly an original post!


Barbara Merwin said...

Hi Jamie,

I'm with Diane on the OOOHHH and EWWWHHH on some of these. I kinda like the "Barbie" thing since wife Barb has been called "Barbie" and, we, of course, Barbie and Ken. I better check that one out!

Ken (1/2 of Magpiedreams)

Margaux Lange said...

Thanks for mentioning my jewelry!

Happy New Year!


BobbiWired said...

Hi Jamie -
Thank you so much for including me in the weird and wonderful. And to think all this time, I've been squishing roaches - who knew/ LOL Lois on the waiting for that diamond :))

Crystal Allure said...

Very interesting! Although I'd seriously have to think about wearing the creepy bug...would make me think it was crawling on me -ewww! LOL