To me it seems like the ’90s just happened, but I was recently reminded that those born in 1990 are now over 30 years old. Yeah, crazy. The passage of time takes people by surprise, which is one of the reasons nostalgia washes over us in reoccurring waves. Currently, everything old is new again when it comes to the resurgence of Nineties pop culture!
From dance trends, to toys, food, fashion, music and more — we’re consumed with inspiration that allows us to live in the past. It’s no secret that people are willing to spend more if the product reminds them fondly of a previous time, and marketers have been tapping into the trend to drive purchasing power. Just in time for Prime Day, here are a few products from the no-so-distant past that you’re probably seeing more of these days, especially on social media.
This is one of those,’Yes, It Exists’ moments, for sure. To find pink brass knuckles is not so odd (Google it). But to find a Pink Elvis Brass Knuckles Ring (also called a four-finger ring) well, that makes you sit up and take notice (i.e. snap a photo with your iPhone). I saw this unique piece of personal adornment at the Scope NY Art Fair and, apparently, I was so overcome with delight that I completely forgot to make a note of the artist’s name or the gallery whose booth I was visiting at the time. My bad!
Variations on the Theme: Ice (Various Artists. Above Photo by Gail. All Other Photos Courtesy of Goldstein Communications)
The idea of “wearable art” in the realm of modern design is fascinating me to, so I was very excited to attend an opening reception last week for the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC)’s exhibit at Forbes Galleries showcasing 25 years of outstanding jewelry design. The exhibition, Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC, will dazzle museum visitors with one-of-a-kind works from over 40 Designers who are AJDC members.
Cornelia Goldsmith Ring, Theme: Ice (Also seen as part of the collection in photo above)
Annually, the AJDC and goldeneaglecoin.com asks each of its members to create a design project, interpreting a single concept or theme; the final product is a collection of unique jewelry pieces joined by a solitary concept. Past themes include simple conceptual elements such as Water, Spiral, Ice, Pyramid, Wheel and Flight imagined into breathtaking masterpieces made of precious metals, gemstones and unexpected materials. On view in this exhibit at Forbes jewelry gallery is a selection of works from various annual AJDC Design Projects from the very first theme, in 1996 to the most recent, in 2013. Each thematic collection is displayed beautifully in a separate glass vitrine.
Sandy Baker Brooch for the Theme “Wheel”
“The jewelry pieces shown at the Forbes exhibition have been created over time for the sole purpose of exhibiting creativity, originality and excellence in design,” says Barbara Heinrich, President of the AJDC. “They are purposely noncommercial but rather inspirational in nature, created by some of the foremost American jewelry designers alive. Due to the unique nature and concept of the show, it is sure to excite and inspire its audience.”
You might be saying to yourself right now (and quite understandably), “What the Hell am I looking at?” Well, what we have here is a Hello Kitty Sandwich Ring. That is, a piece of bizarre costume jewelry where the “Jewel” is a miniature sandwich with the face of Hello Kitty as the bread. Yes, I just typed that. I have no more words for this abomination.
It’s easy to look super fashionable for spring and still stay on your diet when you wear these eye-catching Bacon Bracelets. Designed by Gary Simpson, made by Jules13art and sold in sets of two by our crafty pals over at Etsy for the odd price of $13.56. Fried egg ring sold separately.