Unique? Or Just Strange? Would You Wear This Jewelry?
Generally when we think of jewelry, we think of items such as bracelets, necklaces, and rings made of materials like sterling silver, gold, or platinum. However, as more and more people are trying to make a unique statement, jewelry is becoming more unique and at times wild and outrageous. Designers today are becoming more extreme in their ideas, and are even going so far as to use insects, plants, and other odd materials to come up with different, unique collections.
Growing jewelry requires some care and maintenance. It must be watered regularly so that the plant thrives and stays healthy. Unfortunately for those of you looking to purchase some of this unique jewelry, it is not an easy thing to get your hands on. The only place to purchase these unique rings is at the Reykjavik Art Museum, located in Reykjavik, Iceland. Hafsteinn Juliusson, the designer of this interesting jewelry is against mainstream mass production so chances are his designs will not be readily available anytime in the near future.
One of the strangest types of jewelry that you can purchase would have to be the Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Brooch. These large cockroaches are bejeweled with Austrian Swarovski Crystal and come with a leash so they do not escape. The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach has become a fairly popular pet, as they are fairly easy to care for, and completely harmless. In 2006, a fashion designer from Salt Lake City, Utah, named Jared Gold decided that he was going to turn these insects into jewelry. According to Jared, placing crystals on the bugs does not harm them, as they have a hard shell covering their head that is not damaged by the placement of the jewels. These bejeweled insects have an approximate lifespan of one year but could potentially live for up to two years.
Whether you are looking for average mainstream jewelry, or something very unique and strange that is sure to draw attention to you, there are many retailers that sell these items or that can help you find someone that does. If you are looking for a strange piece of jewelry, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into. For instance, items such as growing jewelry require daily care and can be quite expensive, so it is important to do some research and find a piece that you are comfortable with. It is also important to remember with living jewelry, that plants and animals can die, and unlike jewelry made with materials such as gold, and silver, you will not have that particular piece forever.