A surprisingly detailed history of choker necklaces

Beauty and fashion expert Safiya Nygaard digs into the long history of choker necklaces, which have been around since at least 2600 BC and have functioned as religious symbols, protective shielding, and, of course, fashion statements. Read the rest

"Vagina Necklace" for auction

If you have been searching for a hand-sculpted vagina necklace, you are in luck. There is currently one for auction on eBay. According to the listing, "This truly is a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork!! Necklace is made of handsculpted flesh colored polymer clay, stainless steel watch case and aircraft cable, sterling silver wire and base metal snap clasp. Sculpture has incredible detail with crystal clear resin applied to give the anatomy a VERY realistic 'wet' look. Necklace is approx. 16" long. Comes with antique(ish) display/gift box. This is a 1-of-a-kind piece of artwork. You will not find anything like this anywhere!!" Vagina Necklace (Thanks, Michael-Anne Rauback!) Read the rest

Gorgeous family tree photo necklace

Ashley Gilreath created this remarkable necklace from tiny photos of her ancestors. "I casted dollhouse frames from sterling silver and bronze, and printed my family directly onto the glass," she says. "I Am Who They Were." (Thanks, Lindsay Winterhalter!) Read the rest

Jewelry made from 19th century clay pipes washed up on the Thames

Today I found myself at a street-market in Soho (the one in London), at a stall belonging to Amelia Parker, a jewelry maker who salvages fragments of century-old clay pipes from the banks of the Thames. Clay pipes were once the equivalent of cigarettes, cheap, semi-disposable tobacco-distribution systems, and as they were very brittle, they were tossed out by the tens of thousands, forming a lightweight layer of river detritus that still washes up on the riverbanks in London.

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