Weird Universe


Wedding ring instead of coin

Two examples makes this a recurring theme, though not a frequently recurring one. The theme being: wedding rings used instead of coins.

Tucson Daily Citizen - Sep 15, 1961

Wirral Globe - Dec 21, 2011

Tunnel police are trying to trace the owner of a gold wedding ring that turned up in the reject tray of an automatic toll machine.
The ring - inscribed "Until I die" - was found at the toll booths at Merseytravel’s Queensway Tunnel at around 9.30am this morning.
A Merseytravel spokesman said: "The ring may have innocently slipped from the finger of someone paying to travel through the tunnel.
"But a wedding ring is usually worn on the left hand and people use their right hand to put cash into the hopper."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 06, 2016 | Comments (4)
Category: Jewelry

Breast milk jewelry

Texas mom Bridgette Boudreaux has figured out a way to turn breast milk into jewelry, allowing mothers to permanently "commemorate the bond between mother and child." She calls her business JoBri Milk Charms, and she boasts, "You're getting what came from you." She can also add some placental blood to the jewelry, upon request.

I have the nagging feeling that we've seen breast-milk jewelry before here at WU, but I searched and can't find it anywhere. So maybe not.

More info at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Feb 04, 2016 | Comments (10)
Category: Jewelry

Annual Christmas Fire & Ice Sale

A jeweler in DeLand, Florida is, for the third year, holding their Fire & Ice sale. Buy $450 or more worth of jewelry and get a free 12 gauge shot gun worth $270, provided you pass the background check. They have already given away 20 shot guns and have ordered more. Pretty good deal!
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Dec 24, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Guns, Holidays, Jewelry

Energy-harvesting jewelry

Naomi Kizhner's jewelry serves two purposes: 1) it's decorative; 2) it harvests energy from your body to charge your various electronic devices.

For instance, "The Blinker" gets energy from your blinks. The "Blood Bridge" is more invasive, tapping directly into a vein to power a hydro micro turbine.

However, you can't buy this jewelry because it's really just an art project intended to "provoke the thought about how far will we go to in order to 'feed' our addiction in the world of declining resources."

More at Naomi Kizhner's website. [via The Higher Learning]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Oct 27, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Fashion, Jewelry, Power Generation

Smog Rings

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has come up with a plan to use "patented ion technology" in order to create the world's largest smog vacuum cleaner. He'll then place his smog vacuum in a Beijing park, start vacuuming up the smog, and turn the dirt and dust he collects into "smog rings." More info at his site.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 23, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Jewelry, Urban Life

Corozo, Tagua, or Vegetal Ivory


Encountering this 1944 ad caused me to do a little research, whereupon I discovered that Corozo or Tagua or Vegetal Ivory is still a thing.

If you want a "Corozo Nut Ring" today, and suspect the 1944 offer is no longer valid, just visit this site.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 07, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Crafts, Jewelry, 1940's, South America, Natural Wonders

Horse Tooth Necklaces



When deciding on which necklace made of real horse teeth to purchase, do you opt for the showy, multi-tooth version, or the classy single giant molar version?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Sep 13, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Jewelry

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #29

[From the 1950 catalog. Click to enlarge.]

Did showing a woman your "Kiss me again I'm still conscious" ring really help you score, even in 1950?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 17, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Jewelry, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950's

Freedom Fist Ring


Must. Have. Now! "It's got the big fist."

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 08, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Jewelry, 1970's

Jewel Spew

Artist Kourtney Keller offers the following explanation of what's going on in her video:

The subject of JEWEL SPEW is literally saturated with light…so much so that it endlessly sprays out of her in the form of light beams and jewel plumes. Likewise, her environment is saturated with jewels and she is choking on them. In the futile act of trying to shake them off, she activates the possibility that her predicament is terminal...
the subject of JEWEL SPEW is caught in a hypnotic video loop of spewing bling. She is not only surrounded by what is afflicting her, but appears contagious.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jul 07, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Art, Jewelry, Video
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