These are some cool alternatives to the sparkling gems we love. These may actually start conversations and get you a little playful envy! Creative adornment by artistic people for lovely evenings out… very nice to keep for yourself or give as gifts. Photo, ToyMe Sneaker
Tattooed Steel’s Brocade Dog Tags have that wild tattoo look to them without having to apply any ink to your body. Even if you already have some tattoos the look is striking. Check out their whole page for bangles money clips and other Dog Tag Designs. The brocade design shown is created by artist and Tattooed Steel’s founder, Jared Van Orman. Price $65.
Magnetic Jewelry Kit “No strings, clasps, or connectors are needed to make interesting and beautiful jewelry-just your creativity and this kit. It includes 125 powerful lead-free magnets in several shapes and sizes: large cylinders, small cylinders, cubes, and spheres. Link them in countless configurations; add personal items like coins, charms, and buttons. Ages 10 and up.” Price $39.95
Silver Sneaker with Real Pink Laces by ToyMe available at Triads. “New Italian jewelry line, ToyMe. Inspired by the world of toys. Silver chain with a silver sneaker with pink laces. Price: £138.99” ToyMe’s stock sells out quickly so check out the rest of Triads ToyMe page to see what is available and check ToyMe’s Website often for the launch of their new catalog.
Pet Hypothesis Earrings are made from repurposed billboard vinyl with layers of sterling silver chains over colored vinyl, sewn with contrasting thread. $5 from every sale goes to the environmental organization, Conservation International. Check out all their funky earring designs here. This design is called Astropax 18, Price $75 a pair.
Perfido Bracelets (click “bracelets”) “Contrasting the warmth and rich tones of wood with lucite’s sleek modernist appeal, these bangles are made by Brooklyn-based furniture studio Perfido Design. The chunky, brightly colored bracelets made their debut as part of New York-based fashion label United Bamboo’s Spring/Summer 2006 line, fitting well with that collection’s Modern Art-influenced looks. You can get them in a variety of wood/lucite combinations from Perfido Design for $45.” (coolhunting.com)