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If you want a "Corozo Nut Ring" today, and suspect the 1944 offer is no longer valid, just visit this site.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

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #9


Of course any lady would be thrilled to be presented with a "real dimond," especially if you told her it was her engagement ring, and then have a cap explode in her face!

From the 1930s catalog.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 21, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Destruction, Explosives, Jewelry, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930's, Jokes

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #5


Hot stuff!

From the 1930s catalog.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 16, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Jewelry, Johnson Smith Catalog

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #2


From the 1950 catalog.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 26, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Jewelry, Johnson Smith Catalog, Pop Art, 1950's
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