The Vikings, pillagers and plunderers that they were, were the possessors of quite a bit of metal that needed to be used in some way. So they made jewelry. By the 8th century they had created a technique that is called trichinopoly or more commonly "Viking knitting", although it is really a type of weaving. If the Viking style of adornment
appeals to you, you can learn this technique and make your own Viking-style jewelry. It's less complicated than it looks, and you don't even have to know how to knit in order to learn. You can learn to make a necklace or bracelet like this
with this tutorial
, or by watching a YouTube video
. Once you master the basic technique, you'll be able to start improvising by adding beads
and semi-precious stones
. It's possible that such jewelry was used as currency
on those occasions when the Vikings actually paid for their acquisitions, like some sort of wearable bank account. Ostentatious types, those Vikings, but I suppose when you're known for your ferocity and lawlessness, you don't have to fear being mugged or looking nouveau riche.
posted by orange swan
on Apr 3, 2013 -
is a sculptor specializing in unusual creatures like fairy flowers and goddesses made from organic materials.
posted by netbros
on Oct 30, 2011 -
Between 1885 and 1917, Peter Carl Fabergé and his assistants created 105 jeweled eggs
, only 69 of which survive. They are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweler's art. The Rothschild egg
is the most expensive timepiece ever sold at auction.
posted by Joe Beese
on Jun 3, 2009 -
, lace rings
, rock rings
, bunny rings
of posts about odd and unusual rings
. Alice is allergic to metal
so focuses in her own collection
on "glass, lucite, resin, plastic, jade, wood, bakelite and even stone — anything, as long as it's not metal!" She even provides a timeline
of plastic history
. [via FunForever]
posted by mediareport
on Jun 18, 2007 -
: Now you and your betrothed can exhange ring made of bone. Your own
bone. I, for one, welcome the day when consumer biotech makes our lives.....weirder. (Some pics not safe for the squeamish.)
posted by gnutron
on Feb 25, 2005 -
This just caught my eye (Sorry!). It's jewelry that is implanted INTO your EYE! I think this is pretty cool and another milestone in body modding. Discuss how long until Georgia legislators ban this.
posted by Fantt
on Apr 7, 2004 -
Hold the beauty of life in the palm of your hand.
The owners of this website create dolls based on medical photos and records of "micropreemies" (or, to the more traditional, miscarried fetuses). They will create a doll at cost for a grieving parent, and encourage their dolls' use for pro-life purposes. Am I the only one who finds it creepy to wear your miscarried child as a lapel pin
posted by ferociouskitty
on May 12, 2003 -