Thursday, 21 January 2010

Live beetle worn as jewellery

You put on your outfit in the morning and you think "blah this needs a bit of bling". Most of us ladies reach for a necklace or perhaps a brooch. One woman decided that what she really needed was a bit of moving sparkle for when she made the border crossing from Mexico into the United States. That way people would be so distracted by the glittery, scuttling thing that they wouldn't notice her muffin top, bad hair or perhaps dodgy documents. Unfortunately for her, the distraction attempt didn't work and she got stopped by customs officers. Turns out you need live plant pest importation documentation if you want to take your living jewelry around with you. Glad to know that if you ever want to import a pest, you just need the right documentation. I'll be rounding up some cockroaches to take to Rush Limbaugh's house next time I'm in the U.S.

The woman got off with a mild ticking off and the confiscation of her "gem". Personally, I think she should have been prosecuted for animal cruelty and forced to try having some gems stuck to her skin with superglue.

Sunday, 10 January 2010


An icelandic jewelry designer, Hafsteinn Juliusson, has come up with a novel way to bring nature into the lives of city dwellers. Juliusson has designed a range of rings which are inset with icelandic moss. The rings have to be watered regularly and can last up to six months if they are looked after.

Juliusson states that the collection is an "experiment in drawing nature toward man, as nature being the presupposition of life." The rings cost £480 each.

Juliusson has definitely come up with something unique and wearing one of his rings would most likely get you attention. However, one does wonder how the ring would survive through day to day life - washing your hands, getting dressed, putting on your coat. Most likely you would end up paying £480 for a ring that after two days has a large hole in it with a few bits of soil.
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