Friday, January 8, 2010
Nowadays, who can afford gems? We're seeing more and more high-end jewelry made of alternative materials like wood, feathers, and of course, plastic. With the proliferation and popularization of off-beat online shops, I've found some fun, guilt-free pieces that tap into my inner Barbie girl (I almost forgot I had one). Hopefully, your engagement ring won't be made of plastic, but here are some fun acrylic rings to slip on your fingers.
soop's playful products can literally fit a zoo right on your fingers! The animals atop these colorful rings range from forest to farm and you can even make them feel more at home by stacking them with a toadstool or tree ring. Each jewelry piece is only $12 each but you can buy a whole bundle of forest or farm animals with a small discount and free shipping!
Plastique pieces are perfectly described on the label's Etsy shop: "plastic jewelry with a graphic designer's touch." You might understand the quirky design references (care to kern your rings?) but of course if you're not a design geek, Plastique still has something to offer you. Any jet-setter would love the world landmark rings ($22) and the turntable ring ($13) would be a great gifts for that DJ/audiophile friend of yours. By the way, Plastique is having a New Year's Sale right now! A set of broken heart rings for just $5? Lovely!
Last but not least is Dutch designer Alissia Melka-Teichroew's label, byAMT. Her charming acrylic jewelry don't appear cheap with their precious stone silhouettes. They've even popped up in several museum stores (I first spotted Alissia's acrylic diamond rings at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Grand Avenue gift shop...find them at MoMA, too). Her rings used to cost a not-so-bad $10, but due to rising manufacturing costs, the price has increased to $12. Back at the MOCA gift shop in early January, I debated whether to drop $10 for a ring and I ended up not buying one. I kind of regret that decision now...just imagine how cute a couple of these rings would've looked stacked on a finger! If you'd rather invest in jewelry made of precious metal, you can buy this silhouette style in white, yellow, or rose gold.
P.S. Sorry for being MIA this week...had some last minute things to take care of...
Images: byamt.com (Photography by Lisa Klappe), soop Etsy shop, Plastique Etsy shop