I love jewellery as next as the other female magpies in the world, but sometimes I start to get a little bored of how samey samey it all is. Like it big and bling? Fine, go to Net-A-Porter or Jane Norman. Want it kitsch and retro? Check out Tatty Devine and PunkyPins. Want it a little kooky but still cute and affordable? Topshop, Hannah Zakari and ASOS are your merchants of choice. No matter what you wear, you still manage to define yourself, into some weird sub strata, whether it be by style, budget or personality- and don’t even get me started on celeb affectations.
What do you do if you want something truly unique, but haven’t got the energy or patience to go and create something yourself? Well, in this case, you can come to me, where I’ll show you some strange but beautiful jewellery oddities that I guarantee you no one will else will be wearing down Wetherspoons. The following pieces are all created using interesting ingredients- that’s right, ‘ingredients’, not precious metals or Swarovski bling. Think animal bones, honey and milk! (Yes, really).
Necklace featuring a REAL LIFE butterfly wing
Note: No butterflies were harmed in its creation.
A super sweet wing hangs in a little glass vial, and is draped on a chain round your neck. I love butterflies, and all wings are obtained from a butterfly sanctuary after the owner has expired* (*sob). This is incredible, as you’ll never get one the same. Get it here for $45.
Created from real human hair, these pices are whimsical and floaty with a strangely alluring charm., You can opt for one set with pearls or silver beads.$30-$38 from Stephanie Simek .
Check out more unique necklaces after the jump.
Spine necklace created from animal bones
This necklace is pretty intense it manages to be raw and edgy, but with a strange amount of dekicacy. It’s created using coyote bones and snake spine, and will definitely make you the center (or the spine) of attention.
Created by Polly van der Glas, these rings feature real molars, set into a metal casing. They’re not stolen tooth fairy style, all teeth have been donated by, uh, dentists maybe? They’re sterilized before they’re set into the sterling silver casings. I can’t decide if I like them or not, there’s something a little creepy about them.. but also kinda cool. Thoughts?
Glass filled nylon vertebrae back necklace
There are so many things I like about this piece. Back jewellery is a fairly unusual area to go into, and this visualization of the spine manages to be strangely feminine and alluring- I could see a Bond Girl in a plunging gown, or a celeb out to shock on the red carpet. It was created by student Molly Epstein as part of a project, and is not in production.
The Milk and Honey necklace
Created using real life honeycomb, the beeswax is encased in plastic and hangs from a silver chain that is created using a milk protein based fiber. Just don’t put it on your cereal… $285 from Stephanie Simek
If you’re looking for even more strange jewellery, check out some human hair jewellery here.