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Beautifully Bizarre Jewelry

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In terms of personal style, some people just have to be different.  Whether that means dying one’s hair bright green and fashioning it into a pointy, potentially dangerous mohawk or just wearing white after Labor Day, there will always be rebels.  Some jewelry designers have tapped into this collective demand for odd, in ways that starkly challenge even the very concept of “alternative.”  Here were take a gander at some truly eye-popping and question raising works of weird.

Tears for Fears

One largely lachrymose designer thought that everybody just looked to darn happy.  The solution?  Why, teardrop jewelry, naturally.  Now this isn’t to say that he (Eric Klarenbeek, who hails from Holland – the country, not the Tunnel) created little tear shaped jewels with adhesive on the back that you stick to your cheek (although, that would be WAY simpler…)  What he constructed is a non-eyesight augmenting contact that has a short length of mostly invisible wire that hangs from it.  Glittering jewels are attached to the end and dangle in a sad display of faux misty-eyed fun.  A great gift for those who feel they don’t have enough jewelry directly connected to their ocular region.

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Ice, Ice…Maybe?

Ever feel like your jewelry just doesn’t melt enough.  Not like, “drip” down your body, but actually change form from ice into water.  The designer of these pieces (which are literally made out of ice) is the Germany based Katharina Ludwig; and she’s actually more of a conceptual artist than a designer.  The idea behind these clever and comely cooling devices is for them to be worn in the summer months, to combat the searing heat.  They look chic and glamorous initially, but then become more functional as they morph into self-contained air conditioners for the skin.  They come in earring, necklace and ring forms.  Just be weary if someone uses such a ring to propose to you.

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Paper or Plastic?

There’s sustainable jewelry, repurposed jewelry …and then there’s just trash.  Well, plastic bags that would otherwise end up as garbage in any other situation.  Italian artist/designer Giovanni Scafuro has come out with a collection of rings that is comprised solely of plastic bags.  Aside from being colorful and bursting with funky fun, these rings have a more serious implication.  They are made from plastic bags, one of the most toxic, widespread and irksome materials out there (they’re currently still littering virtually every kilometer of the planet, and have no means of being recycled).  Made from oil, and ultimately, forever remaining non-biodegrable, plastic bags are the bane of environmentalists across the globe.  Finally finding a purpose for them, Scafuro has shown the world that there always is a solution to even the most odious problem.

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Who Nose?

What better way to broadcast your love of your bestie beast than by getting an imprint of its nose in silver and wearing it all over town?  Well, that’s what Jackie Kaufman, an etsy.com superstar designer, thinks.  Any pet with substantial enough nostrils can have its nasal cavity copied on to a mold, and then transferred to a jewelry item that you can don with pride.  What if your favorite pet mammal happens to be human?  Sorry.  Canine, Feline and large rodent noses only.

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Plant one on ya’

Some quirky pieces can really grow on you; others actually grow on you.  Another Dutch innovator, Laurie Poast makes tiny potted plant necklaces that are so cute they produce “Awww!”s as well as oxygen.  She hand sews seeds into baby clay pots and hangs them with twine; thus taking sustainable jewelry to a heavenly/earthy level never before dreamed of.  If you’re thinking “This seems like too much work – I don’t want to have to worry about watering these dang plants,” then don’t fret; why not pair together your plant necklace with some nice ice jewelry?  This way as the ice melts, it will water your adorable neckpiece.  Now that is some serious Scandinavian sensibility.

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If you like it then you should put a jellyfish on it

This designer (Arata Fuchi) makes rings that eerily resemble living jellyfish.  …Not much else to say about that.

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-Joe Leone

Engagement Ring #Trends: Fall 2015

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When it comes to buying engagement rings, most people tend to (smartly) play it safe.  Jumping on some new and zany trend clearly may not be the most practical move when we’re talking about an item that is supposed to last for the duration of you and your partner’s *eep* lives.  Luckily, there are some jewelry “trends” that do such an exquisite job of staying within the boundaries of class and sophistication, they will undoubtedly be able to go the distance.

The following styles are not just currently popular; they each hold a certain uniqueness that right recipient may verily identify with.  Read on to see which variety may perfectly suit your soon-to-be betrothed, thereby ensuring an elated “YES!” – as opposed to a “Wow, well…it really is something.

Twist and Shout

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The Twist style is definitely not a new fad, but is seeing quite the surge in popularity these days.  Dating as far back as the Victorian era, twisted bands are cool for a multitude of reasons.  First, they look very intriguing, as if the wearer’s hand is ensconced in a vine and ivy laden forrest.  Second, they symbolize an entwining of two partners, in what could be perceived in a highly (*giggle*) sensual manner.  Just think, the people entering into this eternal bond of marriage, their bodies wrapped around each other, for life.  Also, this is a nice pick if you just happen to like knitting.

Do I Detect an Accent?

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As far as accents go, this year it’s go bold or go home (to your native land).  There are actually a lot of ring styles and designs that fit into this category, so let’s examine a few of them.  First, there are the floral inspired bands, which feature some flouncy flower element to them.  Either tiny petals encircling a center stone, little leaves around the band or some other incarnation of naturally grown, blossoming beauty.  Next, there are the bows.  An elegant bow can enhance the aesthetics of an otherwise humdrum ring (however, try not to go overboard here, as a big, bouncy bow will make the ring look like a cartoonish cotillon present).  Last, rings that feature a center diamond (or other gemstone) that is cut in an irregular shape or fashion.  Within this sub-genre would be the rough cut diamond grouping.  These stones can be breathtaking, and wholly represent “raw beauty.”

I can see your Halo…Halo

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The double halo.  This angelic motif has been around for a while, but has really been gaining momentum as of late.  The obvious benefits of a halo setting are that it really directs the eye to the center of the ring and also gives the main attraction stone an added bolstering of melee side-sparkle.  In addition, the halo aides in giving the illusion that the primary stone is somehow larger.  Ergo, two halos do twice the heavy lifting in this sparkle-enhancing context.  Twin halos also make the ring look “stacked,” as if there are just so many layers of diamonds on the thing, that it’s got to be extraordinarily valuable (not to say that that’s anyone’s goal or anything, *cough cough*).

Deco the Halls with Art 

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For the Gatsby-loving Gal, Art Deco can be the way to go.  The current climate of ring design, and the general ethos surrounding engagement ring culture is that you can’t miss with pieces from, or inspired by, this era.  Either actual vintage items from the 20’s/30’s or ones just now designed to recreate that distinct look, Art Deco rings have a style like no other.  The mixing of colored gemstones, the rectangular and oblong cuts, the juxtaposition of the simple and the ornate; all leave quite the impression on one’s finger.  There’s just something ravishingly regal and cool about Art Deco rings, as if the wearer is both elegant and refined, but also knows how to pop bottles and get down, flapper style.

This quartet of ring styles embodies what is currently trending; yet they each should have true staying power in their own right.  If you think your special someone may prefer a more traditional mounting, by all means, go with your intuition.  In truth, your best bet is to either ask their close friends what they really want or (depending on the kind of relationship you have) just ask them outright.  While any ring will be appreciated, one that really speaks to them will be forever #adored.

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-Joe Leone