Pasta jewellery might drum up nostalgic visions of rainy childhood days, but would you actually want to wear solid gold pasta bows? These, like ice cream cone charms and gemstone-encrusted fruits, do exist and cleverly designed foodie jewellery is offering a tasty twist for collectors with a playful side.
The man behind pasta jewellery for grown-ups is Russian artist Stas Zhitsky, whose quirky fine jewellery brand Openjart has caught the attentions of stars like Alexa Chung and Tina Fey. Openjart’s pasta earrings have been carefully constructed to look as real as possible and offer his clients the chance to invest in luxury jewels that don’t, as he describes it, “scream bourgeoisie”.
Another jeweller having fun with foodie jewellery is Tessa Packard, whose Fat Free collection is a tuck box of gummy bears, pretzels, penny sweets, waffles and a pair of earrings that have become her most iconic design to date – gold, diamond and rock crystal jelly fried eggs with yellow agate yolks.
Her motivation was fuelled by a desire to follow in the footsteps of pop artists like Andy Warhol by transforming everyday objects – in this case, sweet treats – into fine jewellery. But it was also a chance to whip up some delicious nostalgia that transported her back to sacred Saturday mornings in the sweet shop as a child and allowed her to relive the magic “as each jar in turn was brought down off the shelf to reveal an object of beauty inside”.
“Sweet treats have immense sentimental and nostalgic value,” says Packard. “The Fat Free theme has been one of success largely because it is a subject that has resonated with teenagers and octogenarians alike. Retro penny sweets still hold strong memories for many older generations, whilst the subject of dieting and healthy eating is permanently – excuse the pun – on everyone’s lips.”
Non-fat and other sugar-fuelled gourmet jewelry collections, such as Les Candy Baby Bay, this gift jewelry ice cream curl charm and cake necklace, let those lustily like # InstaFood photographed crazy shake indulgence without calories. Or back to the 80’s with the Bulgari’s brooch of ice cream, delicious insight into the Italian jeweler’s fun.
Sometimes, we just need the real thing. Jewelry lovers dessert, jeweler Doris Hangartner has developed a series of chocolates, handmade in Zurich, inspired by precious stones like diamonds from Paraiba, peridot and ruby. If the whole box disappears before you have the chance to share it, the Te Pha Kad’s silver, gold and diamonds weight loss drug necklace can get you back on track, at least mentally.