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There’s something delicate about the word “bracelet” – that is, until you see the Armadillo: 161, the latest from bold jewelry maker RogueDZN. Named after its 161 parts, the Armadillo is composed entirely of G5 aerospace grade titanium- the same super strong material used to build spacecraft, naval ships, and armor plating. Using the same software used to create the USA’s F22 joint strike fighter, each curve is obsessively perfected in 3D space, a feat impossible to achieve by hand.

Individually serial numbered, each link is comprised of 8 separate custom machined pieces. The off-set angled clasp has a captured thumbscrew that allows for extremely easy opening and closing. The secondary thumb screws integrated into the latch, are actually integrated mini-wrenches to adjust the bracelet. One is the Rogue custom tri-blade wrench and the other is a T5-Torx wrench.

Designer: Rogue DZN

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Sure, you probably waited longer than you should have to get the elusive white iPhone 4. But, you know what’s better than a boring regular model? One with diamonds, crystals and pearls… of course! Known for its ridiculous custom mobile devices, Gresso may force you to refinance your house and hock a kidney to afford its latest creation, the Lady Blanche. A solid diamond-coated mineral glass backing, three independent Swiss clocks and pearl dials replace the usual body on this iced-out iPhone. If the $30k diamond model is a bit out of your price range, the much more affordable Swarovski crystal version will only set you back 7,000 bones. Release details are unclear at this point, but when they drop you better act fast — only 150 of these gems will be available. Heck, if you have that kind of cash lying around, just get the salesman to throw in one of these for your iPad, too.

Gresso flaunts $30,000 white iPhone 4, holds more ice than a skating rink originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Jul 2011 09:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Australian jewelry designers band together to creatively promote their works
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More than an online boutique, Melbourne Metal Collective is an artist-run retail concept for Australia’s up-and-coming jewelry designs with a strong focus on the community of craftspeople who make them. MMC hosts exhibitions, pop-up shops and more to highlight the fresh roster of bright minds currently making up their site, which includes Estelle Deve, Hamish Munro, Henson, Polly van der Glas and Young Hunting.

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Alchemy—MMC's first exhibition and pop-up store—reflects the consortium's sophisticated earthy vibe, recalling the ancient Greek practice of melding metals. For the opening, the Collective commissioned a short film by South African director Michael Matthews, highlighting pieces and adding to the collective’s overall creative atmosphere.

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Working primarily with raw materials (at times including hair and teeth), together MMC designers evoke a strong sense of mysticism and urban simplicity. Each offers their own style, but through a seemingly shared interest in the past, the collective creates beautiful pieces that transcend time.

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Select works from each of the designers are available from the MMC shop, where you can also find out more about what the Melbourne-based collective is up to next on their blog.


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Drawing inspiration by their cultural background and travels the two sisters over at CosaFina Jewelry were both trained in metal smithing under the guidance of renowned Chicago goldsmith, Virgil Robinson. Ninette and Karina are passionate and committed to the art of design and technique, giving birth to this awesome Raw ring collection mixing modern precious metal jewelry peppered with gemstones. For a very reasonable price, I’m sure you girls will like these a lot!

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AZ present a new ring inspired by one of the most ubiquitous patterns throughout the world of luxury in crocodile. Made of 925 silver, the ring features an intricate pattern with deep asymmetrical grooves reminiscent of crocodile skin. Three colors are available including silver, polished silver and a plated matte black version. A release is slated for May with a pre-sale available now at white.


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Art world provocateur Damien Hirst’s latest work, an authentic baby’s skull covered in platinum and diamonds, is causing controversy in the UK. The sculpture (above), entitled For Heaven’s Sake, is a follow-up to the Brit artist’s astounding $100 million diamond covered skull which he debuted in 2007. The new work is based on an infant’s skull believed to be that of a newborn less than two weeks old from a 19th-century pathology collection that Hirst has acquired, the London Telegraph reports. Cast in platinum and set with more than 8,000 white and pink diamonds by royal jewelers Bentley & Skinner, the skull will be exhibited later this month at the Gagosian Gallery’s new space in Hong Kong and will be shown in London later this year.

The gallery has not named a price for the new work but we expect it to fetch at least $50 million if not more. The work has angered parenting groups who claim that it is offensive to those who have suffered the bereavement of a child, the newspaper reports, raising the specter of protests. That of course is only likely to increase its value. “When you look at a skull, you think it represents the end, but when you see the end so beautiful, it gives you hope,” Hirst commented regarding his earlier skull work. “Diamonds are about perfection and clarity and wealth and sex and death and immortality. They are a symbol of everything that’s eternal, but then they have a dark side as well.”

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Damien Hirst Draws Fire for $50 Million Diamond and Platinum Baby Skull originally appeared on Luxist on Mon, 10 Jan 2011 08:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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