September 25, 2014
On Monday, NPR aired a story on why many jewelry stores choose to tuck away their price tags rather than display them.
September 22, 2014
In continuing with what I think unwittingly might have become another of my beats--weird and interesting jewelry (see: this gemstone cap)--I’ve got another discovery to share with you all.
Industrial designer Naomi Kizhner has developed a line of jewelry called “Energy Addicts.” It was part of Kizhner’s graduation project at Jerusalem’s Hadassah College, reflecting what would happen in an energy crisis in the future and a solution that harnesses the human body, particularly the flow of blood through our veins, as a renewable source of energy.
The jewelry is made of gold and 3-D printed biopolymer material, and attaches to various body parts in ways that would be able to use the kinetic energy we create without even thinking about it.
Kizhner told me over email that more than the practicality of the design and function of the jewelry, the most important part of the project was the psychology behind it.
“Theoretically speaking, I don’t know how far the idea is from reality. It’s mainly the question that I wanted to raise: Will we be willing to sacrifice our bodies in order to produce more energy?
My intention is mainly to provoke a discussion, to make us think about our possible futures.”
She adds that she chose that design aesthetic “to reach an organic-mechanic feel in order to contradict the two elements--the body versus the machine.”
Check out the pieces below. (I tried to pick out the least creepy pictures. Some of them were making the staff here at National Jeweler want to faint. For those with a morbid curiosity, though, here’s the website with more images.)
Here’s the piece called “Blinker,” which harnesses the energy produced by blinking.
September 11, 2014
I think I should begin this blog with a bit of an apology: We, like so many others, predicted incorrectly.
September 3, 2014
As a child of the ‘90s, I was big on the mood ring. Not to be deterred by the fact that they were basically always either dark blue or green no matter how I was feeling, they were a chosen accessory for me for a while when I was young.
So when I saw an article on Huffington Post titled “This Gemstone Cap, Which Changes Color According To Brain Activity, Is The Mood Ring Of The Future,” naturally I had to click through. (In case the multitude of articles posted online and spread through social media haven’t somehow clued you in, we Millenials love to reminisce about the heyday of our childhood and the things we grew up with, what toys were popular back then, what cereals we were eating, and much more. So how could I not read the story that was going to update me on the modern-day mood ring?)
What I found was even cooler than I expected (other reactions when I shared the content included “creepy”). U.K.-based fashion studio The Unseen, led by Lauren Bowker, partnered with Swarovski to create a headpiece made of gemstones that change color in response to brain activity.
Fashion studio The Unseen, led by Lauren Bowker, designed this cap that is covered in black spinel gemstones that respond to brain activity through color change.
September 2, 2014
Jewelry found its way to the 39th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show last week when Carelle debuted its Florette collection there, an 18-karat gold and gemstone line.