Expensive, Nerdy Rings

Nerdy rings: cable tie ring and Doctor Who (Time Lord and Companion) ring

Jewellery is so much affordable these days — at least that’s how it seems on the surface. But if you want a good quality piece that lasts for a long time, often you’ll have to shell out some serious money. Most affordable ‘dress jewellery’ stores make their jewellery out of base metals, copper, zinc but few will actually be upfront and tell you what was used in its construction. Much appreciated.

Cheap, good quality metals sometimes don’t cost that much more, although it would seem to depend on the country if you trust jewellery store prices. Stainless steel, aluminum, sterling silver, and even titanium is a cheaper alternative to white gold and platinum and most of these are corrosion resistant, have some scratch resistance, and hypoallergenic.

But I digress, because while I would like to moan about how unaffordable jewellery really is (the pieces above are $80AUD and $114AUD respectively), in the end you get what you pay for, but you don’t have to settle for traditional styles.

Anything is art, anything is jewellery

Jewellery can be created into almost any form, and jewellery can be based around themes, quotes and ideas from a television or book series that can mean so much to a select group of people. I’ve seen jewellery stamped with people’s fingerprints, and while the idea freaks me out, it’s an interesting ‘keepsake’ of sorts of a loved one.

When I was in high school, a far more creative friend gave her friends jewellery pieces created from the keys of a computer keyboard. I’ve wanted to make my own keyboard key jewellery since, but without a bore or skill to pursue an alternative method to create holes in the keys, they’re still unusable at present.

Still, keyboard keys aren’t the only things which can be used to create jewellery: you could also use vintage Scrabble pieces, ring pulls from drink cans, zipper zips, gears and cogs from watches (particularly in Steampunk), and even dead computer internals. Or cable ties?

The pieces feature above were my favourite among the nerdy rings I have recently come across, and if not for their price I would probably have snatched them up in a heartbeat. Without being too overdone, they have meaning for those who understand what they are, or where they’re from. A ring doesn’t need to have diamonds and bling to be special.

With the current and latest companion having the same first name as me, it almost seems I don’t really have a say in the matter of purchasing the Doctor Who rings or not — could this be destiny? Personally, I’m drawn to the cable tie ring though, handy for those moments you need a quick fix… so long as that sterling silver holds, anyway. Perhaps I could snap up a cable tie bracelet to complete the set.

Cable tie ring image from if it’s hip, it’s here, Doctor Who rings image from SpiffingJewelry.