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Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek, 29, has developed jewelry consisting of tiny crystals or flowers that hang directly from the eye via micro-thin medical wire attached to either prescription or blank contact lenses and, in the light, give the appearance of tears streaming down the cheek.

 


Charm is approx. 1.5 inch round- featuring a teratoma tumor. Hand-sculpted with polymer clay. Hand painted. Each one is unique and different! You have the choice of purchasing the charm alone or the charm with a genuine leather necklace.

 


Luke Jerram, in collaboration with a local jeweler Tamrakar, designed a portrait projecting ring to gift his wife Shelina Nanji on their wedding day. When a light from a candle or LED passes through the ring in a dark room, it projects a series of portraits. Interestingly for projection, he picked a few selected miniature slides including different family portraits. These were then integrated into the edge of the ring to enable projection. The distinct design of the ring will allow Jerram to add pictures of his kids as his family grows. Taking inspiration from the 19th Century Standhopes, the ring is said to be the premier prototype. It was created by ripping open disposal cameras in search of the appropriate lens.

 


Does anyone have a lighter? Keep your eternal flame lit with the original lighter ring. Measures .25″ wide.

 


The ‘Blood Bridge’ by industrial designer Naomi Kizhne is a piece of jewelry with hypodermic needles that are inserted into the veins of your arm, allowing blood flows through it and back into your body. Theoretically, it will create a gold “micro turbine” which generates energy.

 

 


After years of collecting bobbles from every corner of the planet, Jake and Anna bring it all together in one-of-a-kind talismans.

 




Created by American jewelry designer Jennifer Crupi, the pieces have been created to interpret and force various actions and positions of the body. “Part of my interest in body language also stems from the fact that I have always been a very self-conscious person. I seem to constantly be aware of how I look and am perceived by others,” explained Jennifer. Believing that jewellery plays a great part in body language and the way people portray themselves to others, Jennifer has created a series called ‘Ornamental Hands’ which references elegant hand positions often seen in artworks throughout the centuries.

 


Swimmer Ring By Helen Noakes

 


The new skill must be activated. To do so you must go the the Mysterious Robed Girl and chose the option to level up hero skill. A new window will appear, here place one of each jewel, Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, and Topaz. Leveling your new Hero skill is like upgrading your equips. You sacrifice the five jewels for each attempt. For fast usage you may double click the Jewels in inventory and they will automatic place themselves in upgrade window.

 


Inspired by the death of her dog, London-based designer Tithi Kutchamuch has designed a range of jewellery pieces with animal-shaped bases to keep them on. “My dog died a month before I got back to my parents’ home,” explains Kutchamuch. “I would love to bring her everywhere with me if I could.”

 


Bloody ax & saw charms. Red and gold toned. Gold plated chain 18″l. By the Beard of Zeus. (“Blood” placement will vary slightly from photo.)

 


The Tooth Ring is created with fake teeth that designer Emily Lewis removes from used dentures, which she buys “for a pittance” from a sympathetic funeral home director in Dayton, Ohio.

 


Marble necklace.

 

 


A real taxidermy mouse lays upon a soft bed of antique lace and is secured to an antiqued/oxidized brass pendant. Hangs from an antiqued brass chain that lets the mouse rest just below the collarbone when worn.

 





Zhdenek Vacek (Zdeněk Vacek) and Daniel Posta (Daniel Pošta) , also known as the designer duo from the Czech Republic Zorya , recently presented its luxury jewelry collection Virus in Prague. Young people have long studied the chemical and biological processes of development and spread of viruses to be reflected in the original jewelry. If you do not know the biological background to the collection, bracelets and necklaces look quite innocuous. Still: stylized rope of red and gold were “attacked” baroque pearls, raw diamonds, and pyrites, successfully performing the role of viruses. In general, according to the author’s idea, jewelry compositions are intended to illustrate the process of “capture” of an object foreign substances. So far, the jewelry from the collection of Virus can only be purchased in the Czech capital.

 



Wearing a tight-fitting tan sweater and black pants, British rocker Pete Doherty models a necklace as he launches his Albion Trinketry jewelry line at Westbourne Grove. The line, which features items from chains to cufflinks, is a collaboration with jeweler Hannah Martin and reflects on his knack for “personalizing his antique finds.”

 


Founded by Japanese dentist Taro Hanabusa, Fangophilia creates one-of-a-kind teeth and silver accessories custom molded to the wearer’s body.

 


Ring by OPEN Design & Concepts.

 


If you happen to see a guy or gal wearing a wrist knife like this and approaching you on a darkly lit street, you’re gonna wanna run like hell. I think it’s safe to say that this thing could probably gut you real fast. What could be scarier then than this? The price. At under $40, any psycho stalker, or goth D & D misfit can afford one and take to the street.

 

 


This very special horror choker is, as usual, a Von Erickson Laboratories Original Design. This one is cast in a lovely anemic off white tone.

 




Jewelry designer Imme van der Haak created a line of face distorting jewelry. With eyebrow stretchers, nostril flarers, and a golden booger, there’s plenty of options to choose from.

 

 


Milk Moustache nose ring: yunju lee is a recent graduate from the jewelery program at london’s central st. martins. her works takes a decidedly opposite perspective to the idea of beauty in jewelery. while the subject in her work is commonplace and unconventional, she executes them in more traditional silver, gold and enamel.

 


A burglary suspect swallowed a pair of necklaces he stole from a Florida residence hoping they would remain undetected. And they were, that is until he had to undergo an X-ray before being booked into county jail.

 


The ‘jewelry toothbrush’ was patented on September 13, 2005, by Michael E. Berglass of Port Washington, New York. “Dentists are constantly reminding their patients to brush after every meal,” he writes. “This is a difficult task for children in school or away at camp. The present invention overcomes these problems by providing a jewelry bracelet that incorporates a toothbrush.”

 

 




Waveform Series by designer Sakurako Shimizu consists of laser-cut shapes of various human sounds she has recorded, rendered in silver, gold or other precious metal and presented as wearable brooches. Human expressions such as yawn, sneeze, or giggle were used for earlier pieces. (seen from top to bottom: ‘Wow, ‘Sneeze’, and ‘Yawn’).

 


Skeleton Hand Ring.

 

 



Icelandic fashion designer Sruli Recht has put more than just his creative mind into his latest piece of incredibly weird jewelry: he has also included a piece of his own flesh. The designer had a strip of his own skin removed from his belly via surgery. The skin was then salted and tanned for preservation purposes. With the strip of flesh, which contains belly hair, he then attached it to a 24 carat gold ring. For anyone with an expensive and questionable appetite for jewelry with hairy human bacon on them, the ring is available for almost $500,000.

 


“In 2004 while driving out of town at 4 am, I saw a football-field length black triangle that slowly moved perpendicular to my car. I seemed to drive under it for an eternity, which is how I judged its size. It was hovering over I-210 with no lights and making absolutely no noise, just a bone-jarring vibration. The only reason I spotted it was because the stars disappeared in a cloudless sky. I don’t do drugs; neither do I drink, so this thing was real,” says Ann Shelby. “I’ve been studying the UFO phenomena ever since. And even though I wasn’t “abducted” that morning, the event inspired me to make a series of abduction earrings, including cows, cars and dinosaurs. Maybe it was the aliens who put the idea in my head. And for that, I thank them.”

 


 



For my work this semester i wanted to create work that was interactive and fun to experience. These are more than rings, they are instruments of mischief and are intended to stimulate even the most mature mind. All pieces are full functioning, firing systems. All include a supply of ammo as well as a carrying pouch.

 



Leave it to JoMama to come up with such a unique organic cuff. It’s guaranteed that no-one at any costume party or dress-up social function you attend will have anything as scary as this eye! Bet you look at bark differently for a while.

 


Karin Tremonti creates Dream Jewellery that speaks the language of luxury. Her creations express the passion for natural Gemstones that endure generations. Every Tremonti Jewel is inspired by intuition, a sensation, the curiosity for detail, translated into design and form. Incomparable Jewellery with strong character, whose spirit melds with the personality of those who wear it. A Jewellery collection that stands apart from anything ordinary.

 

 


For $265 you can have a Black boy hold your mink closed courtesy of the racist kitsch bartering site Deja-Voodoo.

 





Margaux Lange’s Plastic Body Series art jewelry collection utilizes salvaged Barbie doll parts in combination with sterling silver and pigmented resins. The series is a result of Lange’s desire to re-purpose mass produced materials into handmade, wearable art. It is meant to examine and celebrate her own as well as pop culture’s relationship with the icon known simply as: Barbie.

 


The Little Girl Rabbit Hunter Necklace is part of Alex Metal Arts’s current series working to dispel pervasive gender stereotypes involving children, with a nod to locavores and hunters.

 



Rare and unusual “Femme Fatale” ring pistol, originates from France, third quarter of the 19th century. Sold at Auction: $11,350.

 



Miley designed all the accessories for the Jeremy Scott show, bringing her colourful junk pieces to the runway via a myriad of brightly-coloured beaded bracelets, crazy head pieces and necklaces that included a ton of random, weird shit like miniature toys and Magic Tree car air fresheners. The collaboration happened because Miley and Jeremy are neighbours in LA and one night he was at her house and she showed him all the weird stuff she was making. Jeremy thought it kind of looked like his collection and asked if she would do the jewellery for his show. She thought he was joking, but he texted her the next day and was like, ‘BTW, I was deadly serious about the jewellery thing,’ and she was like, ‘Oh, amazing.’ Miley actually made everything mostly by herself, although she said the guy who built the big teddy bear for her Bangerz tour helped her with some practical stuff.

 


This pendant is a combination of many different symbols: alchemy, pentagram, septagram / heptagram, zodiac signs, Chaos Magick sigil, and more.

 

 


Piercing eyes – the process of implantation of tiny jewels in the eye’s surface. Jewelry is a specially designed jewelry – insert a diameter of about 3.5 mm. The procedure for implantation of jewelry in the eye takes about fifteen minutes and costs between $ 600 – $ 1200.

 


Damian Hirst is known to create all types of art including things that are shaped like medicine pills. The pill design Hirst given up a while back is now resurrected with a two piece line named, the Cathedral Collection. A collaborative effort with the Santa Monica-based luxury jeweler Hoorsenbuhs, they are created under his own label, Other Criteria. The collection includes a limited edition beaded pill rosary necklace and a pill cocktail ring. Available in options 18 karat yellow, rose or white gold, both the pill rosary and the pill ring are set with rubies, white and black diamonds. On Pill Rosary the crucifix is being replaced by an open pill filled with precious stones. Both items are limited to 25 each and come stamped and numbered. As for the pricing they are sky high, the Pill Ring has a price tag of £18,000 (approx. $28,000) while the Prozac branded Pill Necklace is listed for £43,200 (approx. $68,000).

 


‘Cut My Head Off Necklace’.

 


The unique design of Qian Jiang’s pendant necklace is a play on the condom. Thus making this product much more interesting and allows the person wearing it to let their personality come to life. The condom pendent allows the user to put out their cigarette butt in the condom shaped design, instead of throwing it on the ground. Once they are near a trash bin, the butt can then be discarded. So not only are you wearing a very distinctive design around your neck, but you are also showing your respect for our world.

 

 




Satomi Kawai: I observe every solid surface among materials surrounding me and fundamental physical matters in both macro and micro views. In addition, I view the flow patterns of gas and liquid, including changing the shapes of clouds and flow patterns. It is fascinating for me to view many changes with phase transitions; a surface pattern change and a color change. Utilization of enamel on steel pieces allows me to get unique patterns, which reminiscent of patterns I observe. That is how I preserve the moment with life and nature.

 


Jewelry weapons by Diddo can become the kind of the most sophisticated weapon you can have. The designer breaks the limits and goes against the rules. He tries to define the border between perception and reality. Shock your girlfriend by the grenade with the Cartier ring as the safety pin. But be careful! This may become the most dangerous joke in your life.

 

 





Reid Peppard makes accessories out of taxidermy. Like this guinea pig hair comb. Peppard also makes rat bowties (“black leather bowtie with medium white rat head” and blue Swarovski crystal eyes) and rat medallions and rat coin purses and pigeon wing head pieces.

 


Rebecca Ward, a Brisbane designer, works with recycled glass. These stunning bracelets are created from broken window fragments.

 


Live beetles covered in jewelry are all the rage in Mexico. These bling covered pets are part of a centuries old tradition.

 


Olga Grove, a mother of two from central Pennsylvania, is a mom who’s preserving her breast milk in the form of jewelry that holds the liquid. Her daughter, now nearly 1, is still nursing and although Grove will allow her daughter to self-wean, she already sees the frequency slowing down. And it has made her nostalgic. “We don’t have plans for any more children,” she said, “and I’m getting sentimental. I truly enjoy nursing.”

 

 

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p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Ha ha, good luck with that! ** Benoit Lelievre, Hi, Benoit. Welcome, and thank you for entering. And thank you for the link. I’ll read your other Butler piece pronto and pass it along right now. Everyone, I quoted Benoit Lelievre on Blake Butler’s ‘300,000,000’ yesterday, and it seems he has a more recent piece on the novel that is no doubt very valuable. It’s called ‘Essay : Revisiting 300,000,000’, and you can read it here. Take care. ** John Domini, Hi, John, nice to meet you, and thanks a lot. I’ll go read your review of the Butler novel as soon as I’m finished here. Thanks for passing it along. Everyone, Also the writer John Domini has a review of Blake Butler’s novel that I seem to have accidentally overlooked when assembling the ‘further’ links. It’s at the great Brooklyn Rail site, and it’s called ‘Monstrous America’, and please go read it here. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. I’m totally down with that zine title. Please count my vote. ** JM, Hi. I think Blake Butler is easily one of the very best writers now writing, and ‘300,000,000’ could be his best novel, and it (and his other books) are very highly recommended by me. ** Kreshton, I agree. I play in that space more often than I do anything else. I don’t understand people who don’t. There’s nothing to be afraid of there. Lethal, interesting, cool. Bon even more almost weekend. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. 2019 has officially begun! Everyone, Mr. Erickson has put his mind to Adina Pintilie’s new BDSM-y film ‘Touch Me Not’, and, based on my first glance, I don’t think he likes it so much, but go find out for yourselves here. Interesting about the changes in Iranian film. Oops re: the band. What can you do, I guess? ** Sypha, Hi. I set up the great HS post yesterday, and I’ll email you with the launch date today. Thanks, man. It’s your usual post-shaped masterpiece. ** Right. I was in a weird mood one day and decided to restore this really, really old goofball post from my dead blog’s youth for some reason. Not sure if it was the best idea I ever had, but what’s done its done, and I hope you enjoy it. See you tomorrow.

12 Comments

  1. Corey Heiferman

    January 4, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Looking through all of these the one with the blood passing through it is stuck in my mind. I wonder if it could do some kind of mood ring thing with your blood temperature or composition.

    How’s your weekend shaping up? I’ll be taking care of odds and ends and enjoying my new giant TV. I kicked it off with 2001: A Spaced Odyssey last night. Every time I watch that movie I feel more and more sympathetic to the HAL 9000 computer. It helped bring me out of a funk brought on by a stretch of cold (by Mediterranean standards) weather and a mold problem in my apartment that the landlord finally took care of yesterday. Have you ever done a post on fungus? I personally find it really terrifying.

  2. Some of these pieces make me wish I was a jewelry person.
    Hi!

  3. And now with “The Jewel Song” from Gounod’s “Faust” Maria Callas !

    Just remember as Lenny and Touche remind us Glitter and Be Gay

  4. I’m not much of a jewelry person, but I can get into wearing some of these items.

    What’s Blake Butler up to these days? It’s been a few years since 30000…

    Just spotted this:
    https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/jan/04/rainbow-arcade-lgbtq-video-games-exhibition-world-of-warcraft-nintendo-berlin

    Bill

  5. i dont play there much and should way more the random permutative quality of the space is indulgence. i like outer space like the real world. i love finding the things that are out of place or looking for the timing of reality holes and the inner outer genetian cosmos thingie. youre always cooler than anyone thought. the gifs have that youre getting ready to peak into a sudden freak out haha. i love jewelry. the skid row nose chain was it and skull rings now i just like really expensive watches and boys with gemstone earrings. your rolex is only 5g vomit. omg weekend sideways psyched. ive decided im going back to fucking i look hot in the mirror rn lol. and my bartender feeaked me out by telling me everyone around me is always drinking peppermint scnapps freaking out. watched the cowboy movie too talkie and tgat new lars von nope

  6. Hi!!

    Ah, I love extreme jewelry! The taxidermy mouse pendant is my number one but the teratoma tumor charm and the fake-tear contact lens are close runner-ups. I’m glad you decided to revive this post! And while we’re talking about posts: I just ordered Blake Butler’s 300.000.000 and Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia. I haven’t read anything by him and it’s high time to rectify that.

    It’s really nice to hear that your new film script, or the first version of it at the very least, is so close to being finished! After all the TV script work, working on it must feel like breathing fresh air for the first time after spending like a decade underground. Or something.
    Thanks for the tip about ‘Gendernauts’!
    Do you have a date for your trip to London already?

    That was the plan – to become a part-time employee at the shop instead of being a full-time one. At first, I mean, to finance at least part of my efforts to start my own private practice. If all goes well, in a few months I won’t need the shop at all but we’ll see. For now, I’m really happy to leave early and spend the afternoons with stuff I actually find inspiring, without being brain-dead from tiredness.

    How are you? Did something special happen during your week?
    Everything says we’ll have snow tomorrow… I’m trying to send it your way instead.
    See you on Monday, Dennis! Have an amazing weekend!!

  7. Hey D., great post today. That hypodermic needle jewel piece is pretty hardcore, huh? I don’t quite understand the point, but I’ve never really been into fashion anyway. My current man friend (who has been ongoing for a few months now and I hope continues for a long time) is very into fashion so I’ve slowly been learning about drag and Alex McQueen and stuff, love Alexander’s stuff but just can’t wrap my head around the point of the rest of it so I guess the actual application of stuff like this is lost on me. Love the post, tho, and that teardrop eyepiece is something special.

    I ended up passing on buying 300,000,000 for now but only due to monetary concerns. Finally picked up your My Loose Thread and God Jr. which rounds out all of your fiction works – still need to pick up the rest of the essays/shorts/miscellany etcetera, tho I have both poetry collections and Horror Hospital Unplugged. Picked it up alongside Juche – Mountainhead considering I have Bosun on the way and Stupid Baby sitting all ugly/pretty on my shelf. Will become some of my non-King reads for this year for absolute sure. Also recently picked up Wittgenstein’s major works & 120 Days of Sodom by De Sade which for some reason I didn’t previously own. My collection is slowly inching toward some form of completion re:representative array of what I read; and I need to stop buying soon because I’ll probably end up moving all over the place in the next few years. Oh well. We shall see how all goes.

    All goes as going on your end, I trust…
    January here is summer, AKA seasonal depression and lethargy. Haven’t written anything in five days and I want to get my new stuff finished by the end of Feb. because this year is gonna be fucking packed and I think I’ll have very little time to write. Oh geez. Shouldn’t say that, though, and what will come will come when it comes.

    Treat paris well
    J

  8. This is me back in Dundee now, after my brother drove us up this afternoon. Here’s looking forward to my immediate future of zines and printmaking.

    My dad was a jeweller during the 80s when my mum encouraged him to learn the skills and set up a little workbench in the corner of our attic at home, where he would design and make a variety of rings, necklaces and brooches as a side to his day job as an electrician at the local tank factory. The jewellery thing sems to have fallen out of favour with him over the years, which is something of a shame but I guess there were only ever so many hours in the day.

  9. Is the “blood bridge” real? It sounds painful to wear. When I met music video director Zev Deans for our interview, I first thought he was wearing a necklace of a triangle with an eye inside (which is everywhere on-line if you google “Illuminati jewelry”), but it was a stranger and more complex piece designed by H.R. Giger.

    I’ve heard a couple other interesting recent jazz-adjacent releases. Harriet Tubman’s THE TERROR END OF BEAUTY is an attempt at doing free improv with a rock power trio lineup – the same idea as Eisenberg’s MACHINIC UNCONSCIOUS but winds up sounding completely different, closer to early Tony Williams Lifetime. The excellent International Anthem label put out Angel Bat Dawid’s THE ORACLE today. She recorded it on an iPhone, overdubbing her vocals (mostly spoken word), clarinet, harp and drums. With the handmade production, free/spiritual jazz influence and Dawid’s texts celebrating black pride, this feels like a lost private press album from the ’70s, although her vocal loops connect Alvin Lucier and Steve Reich to modern production and sampling.

  10. Dennis, Jewelry! I don’t have any. Well, I do, but I haven’t worn it for years. A couple watches. A couple rings that were bought for me years ago.

    Yes, he said today that it could be months or years. I’ve been telling people it’s going to be 2 years. Both sides have dug in and neither is going to budge. If they stay that way, it’ll be 2 years. And I’ll be working somewhere else come April when our contract runs out.

    It’ll really impact filing season.

    My novel is going to an inevitable conclusion too. I just hope Hollywood doesn’t change it when they adapt it film, hehehe. 😉

    Frankly, with PGL, though it’s a devastating ending, I don’t know that I’d call it sad or depressing. I mean, the guy got what he’d wanted all along. Whose to say he was wrong and everyone else was right, you know? Makes for a very interesting film all the way around, especially as his friends watch with resignation.

  11. Dennis, yeah, I tried to keep HS Day short and I guess it is by my standards (a lot of it is pictures really) but… I suppose the section where I talk about the writing process of the book goes on a bit, but I know some people like to see the machinery that operates behind the creative process… of course when one writes a novel it’s not as easy as just getting an idea and writing it out, often times it’s a lot of little ideas that come together and form a whole, and the process can take time and awhile to gestate… but why lecture you on this, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, ha ha…

    Cold wasn’t bad yesterday but it accelerated today… same thing happened with my youngest brother, it was bad for a few days, seemed to get better for a day, then got bad again before finally going away… it’s a nasty bugger, it is… I did go to work today but kind of felt like warmed-over ass… nose still leaking but the worst part is the painful mucus-y cough that’s developed.

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